CAA-Quebec celebrates the 80th anniversary of its School Safety Patrol Program

    QUEBEC, June 9 /CNW Telbec/ - CAA-Quebec takes great pride in marking the
80th anniversary of its School Safety Patrol Program today at La Ronde, joined
by hundreds of young safety patrollers from the fifth and sixth grades who
came to celebrate this milestone.
    Alongside Paul A. Pelletier, President and Chief Executive Officer of
CAA-Quebec, were Johanne St-Cyr, Vice-President for Road Safety at the Société
de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), and LaSalle borough Mayor Manon
Barbe, whose responsibilities include transportation issues at the City of
    Speaking first to the young students in attendance, Mr. Pelletier,
himself a former school safety patroller, congratulated them warmly on their
involvement, noting that "if the program has lasted 80 years, it is because
young people like you believed in it and took part in it with all the
seriousness that road safety requires. What a fine starting point in the life
of any future road user!"
    Mr. Pelletier also acknowledged the SAAQ's steadfast support as he handed
Ms. St-Cyr a plaque commemorating a 25-year-old partnership in the service of
keeping young people safe. As representative of this public corporation, Ms.
St-Cyr remarked on the program's importance in terms of road safety around
schools, emphasizing the fact that "young people of elementary school age, who
are between 5 and 12 years old, are a very vulnerable group on the roads. We
are all responsible for our conduct on the road, but it is important to help
young people in this regard. Because they are so often unaware of danger, they
certainly benefit from the sound advice and the attention provided by their
safety patroller peers to prevent accidents on the roads or schoolyards."
    This ceremony also served as the occasion for announcing the name of
CAA-Quebec's School Safety Patroller of the Year for 2008-2009: Sandrine
Mansion, of La Source school in Quebec City. Today's gathering of patrollers
was entertained by Stéphane Bellavance, a VRAK TV host who is well known to
young people.

    The School Safety Patrol Program, created by CAA-Quebec in 1929, is
accessible to all schools in the province free of charge. Each year, hundreds
of schools and thousands of students take part in it.

    CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides
automotive, travel, residential and financial services and privileges to its
one million members.

For further information:

For further information: Montréal: Brigitte Roussy, (514) 861-7111, ext.
3381,; Québec: Philippe St-Pierre, (418) 624-2424, ext.

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