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Crossing guard honoured at Beatrice Strong school in Port Hope

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today


One of Canada’s three favourite crossing guards, it turns out, works for Beatrice Strong Public School in Port Hope.

That was the determination from the Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard contest run by FedEx and the Parachute Canada safety-awareness agency. On Friday, they made the presentation to Sheryl Hauraney in front of the whole school.

Along with principal Darlene Morra, Parachute representative Matt Aymar and FedEx representatives David McRonald and Danielle Regnier, dignitaries included Port Hope Deputy Mayor Greg Burns, Port Hope Police Constables Steve Austin and Tammie Staples, and Safe Communities Northumberland representatives Heather Grundy and Joanne Brewster,

“She knows all the kids, all the parents — so if something doesn’t look right, she knows,” Grundy said.

“And she always has a smile on her face, always waving.”

Aymar told the children that the nomination they made really stood out.

“We got hundreds of nominations from across the country. Then we came across this nomination and our team was like, ‘Wow! The kids love this crossing guard!’” Aymar told the excited students. “She does so much more than safety. It’s about relationships, knowing names, saying hi. These are things a crossing guard can do to promote safety in our communities and bring people together.”

“FedEx couriers are on the road every day, and we see first-hand the role crossing guards play in the lives of our children,” McRonald said.

He told the students that Hauraney would be receiving a $500 cheque as part of her prize and that, as the school that put in the nomination, Beatrice Strong would be getting $500 as well.

Burns, who brought a citation from the municipality and delivered one on behalf of Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi, told the children that his wife had been a crossing guard when they lived in Kingston, so he has some idea of what Hauraney and her colleagues go through when they look out the window in the morning and see deep snow or freezing rain. They know they have to get out there regardless, because the children are counting on them.

Hauraney thanked everyone for being there to share the occasion. She pointed out family members and friends who had dropped in, as well as her friends among the dignitaries and school staff. And of course, she said, the students are all her friends.

“To all my kids, I love you a lot — and you make this job worthwhile,” she said.