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Latimer Road Elementary principal Susan Yip presents crossing guard Terrence Pitts with his award from Parachute for Canada's Favourite Crossing Guard. Pitts was recognized for his efforts to ensure the safety of students travelling to and from school, as well as his energetic personality that makes the students and staff smile.
In a nationwide search, it turns out that Canada's Favourite Crossing Guard is right here in Surrey!
Terrence Pitts, the crossing guard for Latimer Road Elementary, has been named Canada's Favourite Crossing Guard by Parachute, a national charity dedicated to injury prevention. He shares this honor with two other crossing guards in Ontario and Newfoundland. The award recognizes crossing guards who go above and beyond their duties to keep children safe on their walks and rides to and from school.
"He's honestly the happiest, most welcoming person at the craziest times of the day, when it's busiest in the morning and after school," said Latimer Road Elementary principal Susan Yip. "He dances at the crosswalk, he has his hand signals, he tips his hat, he spins around – he's literally a one-man show."
Yip said Pitts has become a staple in the school community in a very short time, having only started there two years ago. It's a mystery as to who nominated Pitts, though Yip said she knows he received several nominations, likely from members of the community.
"We've had so many calls from parents, but also people who drive by letting us know we have the friendliest crossing guard ever," she said. "He's often talked about on the Latimer Road Facebook page, even on the Clayton Facebook page."
For being selected as Canada's Favourite Crossing Guard, Pitts and the school will each receive $500, and while Yip hasn't determined exactly what that money will be spent on, she said she'd like do something to celebrate Pitts.
"Having been around schools for a really long time, you don't ever come across someone so welcoming in this role and he really is a standout," she said. "For the kids, it starts their day before they even get on the property – it's warm and welcoming and they all talk about him. We're really lucky to have him."
Congratulations to Terrance and a big thank you for putting a smile on so many faces every day!