North Bay, ON – March 22, 2022 – Today, the City of North Bay, in partnership with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (NBPSDHU) and the Nipissing-Parry Sound Student Transportation Services (NPSTS), celebrated the crossing guards in our community who help to keep students safe on their way to and from school every day.
“Each and every school day, there are crossing guards in North Bay who work in all kinds of weather to ensure safe travel for students and other pedestrians,” said Mayor Peter Chirico. “Please join us today in in showing them our appreciation and support.”
Approximately 20 people who are employed through the City of North Bay’s Crossing Guard Program were recognized for their service and presented with certificates of appreciation during a reception at City Hall today. The City also matched contributions made by the NBPSDHU and NPSSTS to provide the crossing guard program with several new lightweight, hand-held flashing stop signs. The new signs will increase visibility and help to provide better protection for crossing guards, students and other pedestrians.
“Evidence shows that crossing guards help to improve safety and model safe crossing behaviours for youth. Crossing guards are an important piece of the active travel puzzle which in turn improves air quality, physical activity metrics, community connections, and reduced traffic congestion,” explained Shannon Bird, Community Health Promoter at the Health Unit. “On behalf of the Health Unit, I extend a huge thank you to the crossing guards in our community.”