School Safety Patrol™ - History

A Community Leader

Louis Staples is recognized for her pioneering work in establishing School Safety Patrols in Manitoba. Circa 1974.

In 1936 at Greenway School in Winnipeg, teacher Louise Staples organized the first School Safety Patrol team. Months later, School Safety Patrols were established city-wide to protect pedestrians and promote road safety.

For more than 60 years, CAA Manitoba has been a proud supporter of the School Safety Patrol™ program. Across Canada and the United States, our support for the program reaches back even farther, all along working side-by-side with the police to ensure our streets are safe.

More recently, CAA Manitoba joined forces with Manitoba Public Insurance to further strengthen and grow the program in our province.

Celebrating A Milestone

The School Safety Patrol Program celebrated its 75th anniversary in the 2011-2012 school year. This milestone was celebrated by a huge parade and the first ever School Safety Patrol Olympics, featuring Olympic gold-medalist, Jennifer Botterill.

During the same year, the program made one of the most significant change in its history: the switch to yellow/green vests from the traditional orange to meet new Canadian Safety Standards.