Oakville’s Darnley Lewis is Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard

Every day before Darnley Lewis, 82, takes his post at the crosswalk outside St. Mary Catholic Elementary School in Oakville, he offers up a prayer. Darnley said he offered a prayer of thanksgiving for the safety of the students and everyone crossing,” Darnley was one of three people to earn the title of Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard in June. He said, there are good drivers out there, and not-so-good. Some drivers are courteous to the extreme and some are the opposite. The Burlington resident has been patrolling the Colonel William Parkway crosswalk since 2014. He was one of 676 people to be nominated — a process that saw dozens of students, school staff and community members draw pictures, write letters and even make a video in support of his candidacy. The contest is organized by Parachute Canada, an organization working to reduce preventable injuries, with support from FedEx Canada. Representatives from both organizations were on hand to congratulate Lewis, and bestow him with a trophy and $500. St. Mary’s also received $500, but decided to give its cheque to Lewis as well. Oakville’s mayor Rob Burton thanked Lewis on behalf of the entire community……Ed
Source: Saira Peesker / Photo: Nikki Wesley

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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