Willingdon School in N.D.G.

Willingdon School in N.D.G. has been selected as one of five Canadian schools to participate in a project to promote pedestrian safety amongst schoolchildren. On March 8, the Pedestrian Safety Program was officially launched at the school in a brief presentation in the presence of Principal Christina Delaney and the school’s grade 3 students. The other schools that are participating in the program are from Halifax, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. A joint effort of Federal Express (Fedex) Canada and Safe Kids Canada, a national injury prevention program of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, the Pedestrian Safety Program is committed to reducing pedestrian injuries to children across Canada through education and creating safer environments. Fedex employee Greg Carter presented to CLSC N.D.G./Montreal West social worker Magida Shatilla a copy of the newly-launched guidebook “Making It Happen: Pedestrian Safety – A Guide for Communities”. Shatilla will be working closely with Willingdon School to talk about pedestrian safety to its students throughout the year, and not just at Halloween. Fedex employee Serge Martel then presented the students with special reflective stickers, each containing a different pedestrian safety rule. Pedestrian injuries are the number one cause of death and serious injury to Canadian children between the ages of five and nine. Every week, an average of 80 child pedestrians are involved in a collision with a motor vehicle in Canada.