FedEx Express Canada and Safe Kids Canada Announce Winners of "Canada's Favourite Crossing Guard Contest"
TORONTO, Dec. 20 /CNW/ - Federal Express Canada Ltd. ("FedEx Express
Canada"), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), and Safe Kids Canada
announced today the winners of Canada's Favourite Crossing Guard Contest.
Doris Hisco of Winnipeg, MB; Jack Arsenault of Charlottetown, PEI; and,
Mary Johnson of Scarborough, ON, have given a combined 53 years of
crossing guard service to their communities.
"Canada's Favourite Crossing Guard Contest is a way for FedEx and Safe
Kids to raise awareness about the important role crossing guards play
in preventing traffic injuries by creating a path of safety for our
kids to get to and from school," said Lisa Lisson, president of FedEx
"It's also a unique way for our communities to say 'thanks' to a group
of incredibly dedicated men and women who dedicate their time to keep
the roads in our school zones safe."
The annual contest encourages schools, students, teachers and parents
from across Canada to nominate exceptional crossing guards in their
community. It's part of the Walk This Way pedestrian safety program launched by FedEx Express Canada and Safe Kids
Canada, aimed at reducing pedestrian injuries to Canadian children by
raising motorist awareness and making school zones more 'walkable'.
The program also teaches children pedestrian safety tips.
"As the world's largest express transportation company, FedEx Express
puts safety above all, both in the workplace and in the communities in
which we operate. We employ more than 5,000 people who drive and walk
in thousands of Canadian communities every day, so safety is essential
in our work," said Lisson.
FedEx Express Canada and Safe Kids Canada received hundreds of
nominations from students, teachers, and parents across Canada,
praising their crossing guards' ability to go above and beyond the call
of duty. The winners were selected based on their exceptional care and
concern when helping children cross the street.
"This contest recognizes the men and women who help make a difference in
our communities," said Pamela Fuselli, executive director of Safe Kids
Canada. "These three individuals, along with every crossing guard in
the country, go to work every day, rain or shine, snow or slush, to
ensure the safety of our children. They deserve to be applauded for
all their great work."
The following individuals have been recognized for their outstanding
contribution to the community and named one of Canada's favourite
Doris Hisco is the crossing guard for École St. Avila in Winnipeg,
Manitoba. She is described as extremely reliable, never misses her
crossing guard duty, and even supervises during the school lunch hour -
quite remarkable for an 82-year old. The students call her 'grandma',
and when their principal asked them if they thought 'Mrs. Hisco' was
the best crossing guard in the country, he was met with blank stares
until they realized he was speaking about 'grandma'.
Jack Arsenault is the crossing guard for Parkdale Elementary School in
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He has been a crossing guard for
more than 33 years, and knows each of the students by name. Jack
demonstrates great care and concern for the children, particularly
those with special needs. On several occasions he purchased new winter
coats and boots for students who had inadequate or worn out clothing.
He is also very involved in the horse racing community, and allows
students to visit the stables to meet his horses and help with their
grooming and care.
Mary Johnson is the crossing guard for Meadowvale Public School in
Scarborough, Ontario. She has been a crossing guard there for 16 years,
and is very involved in the school community. Mary attends the school's
monthly spirit assemblies, and attends all of their sports games,
whether home or away. She knows all of the students by name, and is
friends with all the teachers. Even students that graduated from
Meadowvale have come back to visit Mary to thank her for the positive
impact she had on their lives.
The contest winners will receive a plaque commemorating their award and
each school will receive a new computer, provided by FedEx Express
About Safe Kids Canada
Safe Kids Canada's mission is to lead and inspire a culture of safety
across the country in order to reduce unintentional injuries, the
leading cause of death among children and youth in Canada. As a
national leader, Safe Kids Canada uses a collaborative and innovative
approach to develop partnerships, conduct research, raise awareness and
advocate in order to prevent serious injuries among children, youth and
their families. Our vision is Fewer Injuries. Healthier Children. A Safer Canada. Safe Kids Canada is the national injury prevention program of The
Hospital for Sick Children. To learn more about Safe Kids Canada and
child safety, visit www.safekidscanada.ca or call 1-888-SAFE-TIP.
About FedEx Express Canada
Federal Express Canada Ltd. is a global logistics and transportation
company offering domestic and international shipping and electronic
commerce solutions. The company uses advanced package status tracking
systems, automated customs clearance services and a dedicated air and
ground transportation network to serve Canadian and global markets.
FedEx Express Canada employs approximately 5,000 people in over 60
facilities coast-to-coast. For more information, visit www.fedex.ca.
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with
a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services.
With annual revenues of $37 billion, the company offers integrated
business applications through operating companies competing
collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx
brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted
employers, FedEx inspires its more than 285,000 team members to remain
"absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and
professional standards and the needs of their customers and
communities. For more information, visit www.fedex.com.
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