Oakville crossing guard named one of the best in Canada

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Gisele Shaw

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Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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Darnley Lewis, a Town of Oakville crossing guard, has been chosen as one of three winners of the 2018 Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard Contest for his exceptional contributions to the community and tremendous efforts to keep children safe.

Lewis is stationed at Colonel William Parkway and Richview Boulevard where he helps students travel safely to and from St. Mary Elementary School and is known for his positive energy and easygoing personality. In his nomination submission students, parents and school staff praise Lewis for his gentle demeanor with students and protecting them from getting hurt at a busy crossing spot.

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Mr. Lewis, an Oakville crossing guard cuts the cake. Photo Credit: Town of Oakville

“Congratulations, Darnley Lewis, on receiving this well-deserved recognition,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “The safety of our children is paramount and our town truly appreciates what you and all of our crossing guards do to keep them safe from harm.”

The contest is an initiative of Parachute Canada, a charity dedicated to injury prevention and sponsored by Fedex Express Canada. The annual contest encourages schools, students, teachers and parents from across Canada to nominate exceptional crossing guards in their community. Winners receive a crystal maple leaf award and $500. As well, each winner’s school receives $500 provided by FedEx Express Canada. The other two winners are Christian Behnke from North Vancouver and Pierce Casey of London.

Oakville crossing guard, Darnley Lewis was presented with his award at St. Mary Elementary School on June 6, 2018.


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