New Maryland woman one of Canada's favourite crossing guards

Linda Roach, a crossing guard at New Maryland Elementary School, has been named one of Canada's top three crossing guards.

Only three crossing guards were chosen as "exceptional,' other winners are from Ontario

Linda Roach, known as Miss L to the students, on the job near New Maryland Elementary School after receiving a national award. (CBC)

Linda Roach, 63, a crossing guard at New Maryland Elementary School, was honoured at a special ceremony as one of Canada's top three crossing guards. 

Mrs. Roach, or Miss L as the students call her, was named one of the top crossing guards of 2015 by Parachute, a national organization that raises awareness of preventable injuries in children and seniors.
Linda Roach speaks to New Maryland students at a ceremony marking her award for one of Canada's favourite crossing guards. (CBC)

Speaking to the student body at New Maryland Elementary, Roach said she was "honoured," and told the students she couldn't have done it "without all of you." 

At a school assembly on Monday, students cheered as Roach was handed a crystal maple leaf trophy. She will also receive $500 from the Parachute group and the school will get $500 from FedEx Express Canada. 

Students at New Maryland Elementary School listen to Linda Roach talk about the importance of staying safe when crossing the street. (CBC)
This award is an initiative of Parachute and FedEx and honours "crossing guards who have made a difference in the lives of students in their own local communities and who have gone beyond the call of duty."

Schools are asked to nominate deserving crossing guards and the New Maryland school put together a video testimonial, with students declaring" We love Miss L!"

Roach participated in a research project that encourages students to walk to school as part of an active transportation program. She`s been a crossing guard for eight years and says she loves her job. She says the secret to her popularity with the students is "lots of hugs."

Nominations were received from across the country, but only three crossing guards were chosen as "exceptional." The other two winners are from Ontario.



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