It’s hard to believe it but we are already a month and a half into the new year!
While 2022 was a very busy time for the Ottawa Safety Council, we are looking forward to an even more exciting year in 2023.
Throughout 2022, the Ottawa Safety Council was able to hire 164 new crossing guards. They joined our roaster of dedicated individuals who have a big heart and care tremendously about the well-being of school-aged children. Whether it be heavy snowstorms or torrential rain, our crossing guards are out at intersections across Ottawa to ensure kids get to and from school safely.
Last year also saw the Ottawa Safety Council attend 19 job fairs and community events. This sparked a huge interest in our job positions, leading to 259 interviews conducted.
In total, the Ottawa Safety Council now employs 341 crossing guards, six team leads, and five full-time staff members who are all passionate about the safety of kids. This led to a total of 102,110 shifts worked in 2023.
By the end of year, crossing guards were stationed at over 280 locations across the city, serving 150 schools from all four boards. Together, they have helped over 150,000 students safety cross nearby school intersections
As an organization, we pride ourselves on diversity, equity and inclusion. Last year over a third of our crossing guards identified as: Indigenous, Francophone, LGBTQ+/gender diverse, living with a disability, or as another visible minority.
In November 2022, we were proud to launch our WalkSafe Teachers' Modules, which are road safety lessons designed to be delivered by teachers. Between October and December 2022, we booked 52 WalkSafe Presentations through 22 different local schools. Additionally, 5,271 students took part in our WalkSafe Programs with another 260 participating in our BestFit Booster Launch!
Looking ahead to this year, we are excited to launch our online RoadSmarts programming. The Learning Management System features a suite of digitized e-learning courses and quizzes that makes learning about road safety fun and engaging!
The Ottawa Safety Council has a lot of exciting events planned for 2023! We are proud to continue serving and helping school-aged kids across Ottawa. Collectively we can work together so accidents don’t occur.
The Ottawa Safety Council