FedEx Express Canada and Safe Kids Canada Announce Winners of "Canada's
Favourite Crossing Guard Contest"
TORONTO, Nov. 19 /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."
Designed to raise awareness about the important role crossing guards play in
preventing traffic injuries, the contest encourages schools, students,
teachers and parents from across Canada to nominate exceptional crossing
guards in their community.
The contest is part of the Pedestrian Safety Program, launched by FedEx
Express Canada and Safe Kids Canada. The program is aimed at reducing
pedestrian injuries to Canadian children by increasing motorist awareness
about school zone safety, providing long-term support to communities, making
school zones more 'walkable', and teaching children safety tips.
"As the world's largest express transportation company, FedEx Express
places a high value on safety, both in the workplace and communities in which
we operate. Our employees drive and walk in thousands of communities every
day, so safety is a vital element in our work. We are particularly concerned
about pedestrian safety and are taking a proactive stance in heightening
public awareness of this important issue," says Pina Starnino, vice president
of operations for FedEx Express Canada. "We congratulate today's winners and
the commitment they've shown to their community and to improving child
FedEx Express Canada and Safe Kids Canada received nominations from
students, teachers, and parents across Canada, praising their crossing guards'
ability to go above and beyond the call of duty. The winning nominations were
those that highlighted the exceptional care and concern that each of the
winners demonstrate when helping children cross the street.
The following individuals have been recognized for their outstanding
contribution to the community and named one of Canada's favourite crossing
- Lisa Penney of Vanier Elementary School in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Students and staff say she is punctual, pleasant, helpful, loving,
caring and safety-conscious.
- Dave Hagan of Mary Ward Catholic School in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He
was an integral part of the safety committee that planned the pick-up
and drop-off routines for the school's Kiss and Ride area.
- Sheila Gordon of Grief Point Elementary School in Powell River,
British Columbia is a working nurse and mother of three children who
volunteers her time to coordinate the school's crossing guard
"This contest recognizes the men and women who help make a difference in
our communities," says Pamela Fuselli 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."
Winners will have a chance to celebrate their award, with students and
teachers, at a school-wide pizza party held at each of the winners' schools
and sponsored by FedEx Express Canada. The contest winners will also receive a
plaque commemorating their award.
About Safe Kids Canada
Safe Kids Canada is the national injury prevention program of Toronto's
Hospital for Sick Children. The mission of Safe Kids Canada is to prevent
injuries by educating the public about injury prevention and by working to
create safer environments. Injuries are the leading cause of death among
children in Canada. For more information contact Safe Kids Canada at
1-888-SAFE-TIPS or www.safekidscanada.ca.
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.
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For further information: NOTE TO EDITORS: To arrange an interview with
one of the winners, or for more information about the contest or the photo
opportunities at each school please contact: Julie Bellisimo, NATIONAL Public
Relations, 310 Front Street, Toronto, ON, (416) 848-1464