I am very lucky in that I have lived next door to Kathleen Byers for close to a decade. Before she became famous as The Dancing Crossing Guard, Kathleen to me was an AMAZING woman who greets each day with energy and enthusiasm and just adds joy into any relationship and any conversation. She has become a huge part of people’s day in our neighbourhood at her crossing, dancing and spreading joy three times a day every weekday while ensuring kids cross the street safely. While we don’t know what the future holds for Kathleen’s position as a crossing guard, I know that whatever she does it will inspire people and add a major contribution to many people’s lives. To see Kathleen’s extensive press coverage, click here.” – Laura-Jean Bernhardson, Founder and CEO of Fresh Collective
Name: Kathleen Byers
Occupation: Semi-Retired, Crossing Guard, Former Fitness Instructor 25 years, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother
Dress: Lila dress – Mandala, $158
Bracelet: Myka, $169
Shoes: Athena, Miz Mooz, $145
Style Coach notes: Kathleen LOVES colour and pattern, so we chose bold pieces for her to model. This dress is flattering to any figure with the nipped in waist and full skirt, and comfortable enough for any occasion. And, oh, need I say it…. pockets? We LOVE pockets in dresses!
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What’s a typical day like for you? Relaxing every morning with my sweetheart and a cup o’ Java! After that it’s all about choosing the colours I’ll be wearing that day. I choose my outfits by the way I feel, rain or shine! I love colour, it energizes me! As a Crossing Guard I stay quite active by moving around to a good beat!
Some have called me The Dancing Crossing Guard, I call it my Diabetes Prevention Program! It’s rhythmic aerobic exercise four hours everyday which I do while safely crossing children to school. I have two breaks everyday which I use for eating and resting. This makes for a very full day, since I start about 8am and finish at 4pm. I am blessed to live, work, and play in my own community.
Dress: Lana Shatter Slash Shift Dress – Mandala Design, $138
Shoes: Pepper – Miz Mooz, $150
Style Coach Notes: More bold prints and colours for Kathleen. Aside from her vibrant personality, Kathleen looks fantastic in rich colours because of her skin tone and hair. This dress skims Kathleen’s curves without hugging too tight, and the keyhole neckline adds a bit of fun without being too revealing. This would be a great dress for a summer dinner on a patio with Kathleen’s hubby, Jim.
What in your life is really important to you? Belonging is very important for me. A friendly wave from a neighbour, a nod or smile, really it’s the simple things in life that matter the most. I love to laugh everyday!
Dress: Dandelion dress – Desserts and Skirts, $125
Bracelet: Ch-ch-chains – BurfurtART $65
Shoes: Kathleen’s own
What would you like to be remembered for? Fun! I used to say, “Have fun everyday, why not have fun all the time!”
Dress: Amy dress – Michelle Carey, $198
Earrings: Curious Oddities, $18
Shoes: Kathleen’s own
Style Coach Notes: For Kathleen, her family is most important, and with all those people to love in her life, there’s no end to the birthday parties and anniversaries she is going to. This dress is a great versatile piece and is perfect for all kinds of fun summer occasions. The dots are perfect for Kathleen’s personality, and the shape is so flattering with the band at the waist, gathered bust and full skirt. This dress creates an awesome hourglass silhouette for a wide variety of figures. I have to add that at the beginning of the photo shoot, Kathleen was a bit reserved in her poses. By the end, she was strutting her stuff, dancing, laughing and posing like a supermodel.
What role does fashion play in your life? Fashion for me has always been about running gear or jeans and tops. I never wear dresses or skirts or anything that girly or feminine. That is, not until today when I saw the great designs and collections at Fresh Collective.
What do you love about Fresh Collective? I loved the beautiful prints full of colour and great style. I loved the pockets, yes pockets!
What do you have that you want to promote? I am available for a new career in modelling, “Great-Grandma Fashionista!”
Is there anything else we should know about you? I once got three strikes in a row – bowling!