Students from Chaminade College added their voice to the Ontario School Zone Safety Conference this year.
The conference brought together experts in education, health, enforcement, engineering and policy development to share knowledge, inspire solutions, and collaborate on an action plan to make school zones an actual and perceived safe place for children.
Constable Peter De Quintal was tapped by the Canadian Automobile Association to find students with an interest in school zone safety.
“They thought a student perspective on school zone safety would be beneficial and I agreed,” said DeQuintal, who started a bike rodeo for young people in his 12 Division four years ago.
The rodeo is geared at engaging students in several fun activities, including obstacle courses to help develop skills on two wheels, as well as adhere to the rules of the road. They are also required to wear helmets.
“There were two workshops and the one that the students were involved in drew the most delegates,” said DeQuintal. “That was because the young people had a lot to offer. They were great.”
A total of five Grade 12 students took part in the one-day conference at the Chelsea Hotel in Toronto on October 2.