The great Cat Stevens once asked “where do the children play?” Krista Richard always has an answer to such questions. A powerful advocate for young people and their well-being, she has dedicated her life to ensuring that children in Moncton are supported and cared for through access to sports, equipment and associated activities regardless of their social standing or ability to pay.
An outstanding athlete in her own right, having represented Moncton in many provincial, national and international softball competitions, Ms. Richard was an elite competitor who played at the highest levels, but it is as an educator and coach that she has most distinguished herself in our community.
Krista Richard was a dynamic teacher who consistently went above and beyond the call of duty by establishing a multitude of programs aimed at encouraging healthy living and exercise. Such programs as “Kids in Action” (early morning) and “Trotting Tigers” (recess) Intramural Games at lunchtime and Gym Activities for everyone after school were her hallmark and created opportunities throughout every day for exercise and movement.
Ms. Richard created a “Bikes and Trikes for Tigers” project at her school, ensuring that every Forest Glen student who wanted or needed a bike could get one. This program is currently in its 10th year and has been extended to include all children.
For these and many other wonderful initiatives Krista Richard received the most prestigious award available to her profession in Canada: the 2015 Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Throughout what at times seemed an endless COVID pandemic, many children lost access to the vital School Lunch Program, due to school closures. Ms. Richard, as usual, rolled up her sleeves with our local agencies, district staff and community leaders to ensure these children received nutritious food, visits and encouragement.
Krista Richard is known far and wide as a “teacher extraordinaire”. She knows and welcomes her former students with open arms; she gives hope and unites people and has dedicated her life to improving the lives of youth and families in Moncton.