Monday, June 24, 2024

Dedicated school crossing guard nominated for state award

Dedicated Geelong school crossing supervisor, John Carey, has been nominated for the prestigious School Crossing Victoria (SCV) Supervisor of the Year Award 2024.

Starting as a school crossing supervisor in June 2013, John has become a beloved figure in the community and has committed 11 years to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children walking to school.

Based at the wombat crossing on the corner of Powell Street and Lomond Terrace in Thomson for the past five years, John assists families from Tate Street Primary School, St Margaret’s Primary School, and Geelong Children’s Centre.

“John’s enthusiasm and genuine care for the children and families he serves have made him a cherished member of the community,” said Greater Geelong Mayor, Trent Sullivan.

“His nomination is well-deserved recognition of his hard work and passion to help others.”

Before his current post, John served at Christian College Highton for more than two years and at Settlement Rd, Belmont prior to that.

Unaware that such an award existed, John says he was shocked and delighted to be nominated by St Margaret’s and Tate Street Primary School and said the key to being a successful School Crossing Supervisor was building rapport with people.

“I never had kids of my own, so I take a keen interest in their activities and get along well with the parents – It’s like the Lomond Terrace social club,” says John.

“We’re all good mates and on a first-name basis – It makes your day and gives you something to look forward to.

“I love the job and I’d do it for nothing; the reward I get is seeing the kids every day.”

Councillor Ron Nelson, who is chair of the City Transport portfolio, said John’s dedication to his role was inspiring.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have someone like John looking out for the safety of local families,” said Cr Nelson.

“His award nomination is a testament to his commitment, exceptional service, and the positive impact he has had on countless people.”

A true Geelong local, John was born and raised in South Geelong, growing up on Fyans Street and now resides in Newcomb.

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