Jacky Kennedy, Director of Canada Walks, has been recognized for her extraordinary contributions to the global walking movement.
Jacky received an Andante Award, a specially commissioned bronze statue based on the
original “Walking Man” by Alberto Giacometti, at the WALK21 Vienna conference in October. The statue is also known colloquially as Andante, from the Italian “to walk”.
“It was such an honour to be recognized by one’s peers in front of so many. It reinforces the lasting friendships that develop amongst people coming together with a common goal — to create great walkable places,” says Jacky.
Jacky has been an advocate of the walking movement since the 1990s. Alarmed by chaotic traffic in front of her children’s school and the dangers it posed, she researched best practices in other countries and discovered the UK’s Safe Routes to School program.
Active & Safe Routes to School began as a pilot program in Toronto and has grown into a pan-Canadian project promoting action and research on active school travel intervention.
As Director of Canada Walks and the driving force behind the movement to make Canada a great place to walk, Jacky works to improve walking conditions in communities across the country by making active transportation safe, practical and inviting.