The Ontario Active School Travel (OAST) Council is an advisory committee composed of selected provincial leaders in active school travel working to advance the cause of active school travel in Ontario by identifying and addressing strategic opportunities, priorities, and threats. Its goal is to create a culture of active school travel and make active transportation and independent mobility normative for school-aged youth.
Members (at August 2019)
Teresa Di Felice, AVP Government & Community Relations, CAA Club Group
Nancy Wirtz, Senior Specialist, Cancer Prevention, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Region
Dr. Charles Gardner, MD, Medical Officer of Health, Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit
Colleen Hill, Manager, Children and Youth, Heart and Stroke Foundation (Council Chair)
Vicky Kyriaco, CAO and GM, Ottawa Student Transportation Authority
Leslie Maxwell, School Travel Planning Supervisor, Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (Council Vice-Chair)
Craig Murphy, Consortium Manager, Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay
Lori Ziraldo, Executive Director, Niagara Student Transportation Services
Tammy Shubat, Director of Programs/Directrice des programmes, Ophea
Jamie Stuckless, Executive Director, Share the Road
Benita van Miltenburg, Sustainable Transportation Coordinator, City of Guelph
Read member biographies here.
Parent Engagement Working Group
The Council has established a working group to identify key elements required to develop a campaign to increase parental acceptance of and participation in active school travel in Ontario. It is currently gathering information about existing research on barriers and enablers identified by parents as well as identifying best practices, tools and campaigns that have effectively addressed those barriers. For more information contact us.
Four times a year the Council produces an overview of developments in active school travel with provincial significance. Read the most recent Quarterly Update here.