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The Regional Municipality of Durham
Health Department
News Release

Hundreds of Durham Region Students Get Active During International Walk to School Day

WHITBY, ON, September 28, 2001 - Hundreds of Durham Region students from 22 area schools will join others worldwide to take part in International Walk to School Day on Oct. 2. It's estimated that 2.5 million students from eight countries participated in 2000. This year, millions more are expected to join in from a total of 20 countries.

"International Walk to School Day is an event designed to encourage students to get active knowing that there are others around the world who are also taking part," says Becky Wall, a public health nurse with Durham Region Health Department. "The three main goals of the event are to expose communities to the joys of active transportation, to make streets and communities safer, and to improve the health of students."

To help celebrate this event in Durham Region, Whitby Mayor Marcel Brunelle will be walking with his two grandsons to John Dryden Public School, while Ajax Mayor Steve Parish will participate in events planned for Lord Durham Public School. In addition, Kirsten Manley-Casimir, a professional beach volleyball player and representative from the Clear Air Champions program, will also be participating in activities at Lord Durham in Ajax.

"Walking to and from school not only helps children meet the minimum daily requirements for physical activity, but it also helps them to learn about their community and the environment," notes Ms. Wall. "This year's addition of the Clean Air Champions also provides a boost to the event as Clean Air Champions are Olympic and national athletes participating to inspire Canadians, particularly youth, to get active for clean air and improved physical fitness."

To date, schools registered with the Health Department to participate in International Walk to School Day include:

  • Canadian Martyrs Catholic School, Oshawa
  • Central Public School, Bowmanville
  • Dr. Emily Stowe Public School, Courtice
  • E.A. Fairman Public School, Whitby
  • Grandview Public School, Oshawa
  • Holy Family Catholic School, Beaverton
  • John Dryden Public School, Whitby
  • Leslie MacFarlane Public School, Whitby
  • Lord Durham Public School, Ajax
  • Lord Elgin Public School, Ajax
  • Gandatsetiagon Public School, Pickering
  • Lydia Trull Public School, Courtice
  • Monsignor Philip Coffey Catholic School, Oshawa
  • Ormiston Public School, Whitby
  • Quaker Village Public School, Uxbridge
  • Sir Samuel Steele Public School, Whitby
  • Stephen G. Saywell Public School, Oshawa
  • St. Michael Catholic School, Oshawa
  • William Dunbar Public School, Pickering
  • Winchester Public School, Brooklin
  • Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Pickering
  • St. Jude Catholic School, Ajax

International Walk to School Day is a special day set aside for children to walk to school. It's also part of a larger on-going effort sponsored by Greenest City's Active and Safe Routes to School Program, a program designed to see students use active modes of transportation such as walking, biking and in-line skating whenever possible. Greenest City is a non-profit organization committed to reducing pollution, regenerating urban life and promoting social equity. The organization is based in Toronto.


For more information about International Walk to School or the Greenest City's Active and Safe Routes to School Program, please call Durham Region Health Department at 905-723-8521 or
1-800-841-2729, ext. 2235 or ext. 2155.