Local CAA School Safety Patrol program partner recognized for their achievements   | #schoolsaftey

A CAA School Safety Patrol (SSP) program regional partner with the Windsor-Essex Schools Safety Patrol Association (WESSPA) has been given an award for their achievements. 

Linda Dowell has been with WESSPA for 18 years as the SSP regional partner, and was recognized for her exceptional leadership that has directly impacted the program’s success.

WESSPA brought back the CAA SSP program in September 2022 after a two and a half year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic with 55 schools and over 1,000 patrollers participating. 

Through Dowell’s leadership, WESSPA was able to reintegrate all their program components and incentives. This included ensuring patrollers, bus operators and local police partners received extensive school bus safety and foot patrol training as well as hosting special events for program participants. 

Dowell has chosen to continue serving her community through the SSP program despite being retired because of her passion and commitment to school zone safety.

WESSPA have been participating in the SSP program for over 80 years.

“CAA takes the safety of children and pedestrians very seriously and we work closely with our community and police partners to protect, educate and empower elementary school students to help keep their peers safe travelling to and from school.” said Tracy Marshall, manager of community relations at CAA SCO in a news release. 

“We are proud to celebrate this year’s CAA School Safety Patrol (SSP) program Achievement Award winners for their commitment to the program’s mission of keeping school zones safe.” 

Kathryn Gratton, a civilian who works for the Brantford Police Service was the other award winner. 

Gratton has served her community through the CAA SSP program for four years and has trained over 2,300 patrollers. 

The CAA SSP program has helped keep students safe in school zones since the 1920’s by assisting at school crossings and on school buses. 

Every year, approximately 900 schools in Ontario participate in the CAA SSP program and CAA SCO partners with local partners to deliver the program. 

For more information visit caaschoolsafetypatrol.com.

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