By Gordon Lambie
June 23 marked the end of the 2020-21 school year for children across Quebec, but it was also the end of an era at the corner of College and Parkdale streets in Lennoxville as Nancy Rowell, who has been the local crossing guard for 27 years, finished her last day.
As a surprise to their neighbourhood crossing guard, several local parents made the trip to the corner of College and Parkdale with their children on Wednesday morning.
“Nancy is an institution in Lennoxville,” shared Jessica Riddell, whose children Sophie and Henry cross the busy road each morning. “She makes our kids safe and also makes them smile – a rare and beautiful combination. She is a key member of the learning eco-system as an educator. Her smile sets the tone in the morning, soothes tears in the afternoon, and points us all in the right direction.”
“Nancy makes every child feel special,” added Melinda Enns, mother of Avery and Eric. “She knows each one by name, and come rain or come shine, she greets them with a warm smile and a kind word. Thank you, Nancy, and happy retirement!”
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