Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Jasmine St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Fair address: Avalon Regional Fair

Project: The Newfoundland Conscience: A History of Giving

My project describes the Newfoundland conscience and the history of kindness in Newfoundlanders. This is done through real life examples of kindness to strangers and kindness to fellow Newfoundlanders. My project also discusses possible reasons that this characteristic kindness has developed.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I have learned that kindness is part of the Newfoundland heritage. The most interesting example is that an entire town can come to a stand still to help stranded airline passengers displaced from their homes at a time of international sadness and fear.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Newfoundlanders have a past history of kindness. This continues to be an integral part of the fabric of today's Newfoundland culture. Newfoundlanders are equally kind to strangers and fellow Newfoundlanders.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Years ago, until the 1960s, Newfoundland people were typically white. There was very little ethnic diversity in the population. Now people of many ethnic backgrounds live in Newfoundland. Although life today is very different than it was years ago, kindness continues to be a defining characteristic of the people of Newfoundland.

  • Michelle Stacey

    Jasmine, I am so impressed with your knowledge of Newfoundland. I bet it took a long time to build the Gander airport with your legos. It was a truly wonderful experience to hear your explanation through interviews with people and relatives. It is so important to pass along valuable history to our youth and more importantly, how kind you are to have made it possible.
    23/12/2014 12:51:49 PM

  • Anne M. Skanes

    What a fantastic job and excellent presentation. Jasmine, I've been friends with your Grandmother Alta for many years and we still keep in touch. She's ever so proud of you and rightly so. Reach for the stars Jasmine - I'm sure you will catch them.
    24/09/2014 1:38:03 PM

  • Patrick Handrigan 2014 Young Citizen

    Great Job Jasmine! You did an amazing job with your project! I loved the interview with your grandmother! Did you know that your grandmother, Maisy, is great friends from Grates Cove with my grandmother, Margaret? Your video makes me proud to be a Newfoundlander! Best of luck to you!

    — Patrick H – 2014 Young Citizen

    10/07/2014 2:20:31 PM

  • Lian Shi

    Very nice presentation! Well done!
    10/07/2014 1:03:35 PM

  • Nancy Taylor

    Fabulous job Jasmine ! What a great topic .
    09/07/2014 7:05:40 PM

  • phyllis beckett

    Wonderful presentation Jasmine. excellent insight and lots of hard work went into this.
    09/07/2014 2:32:35 PM

  • D. Boone

    Wonderful work Jasmine! You've captured it. Take a bow!!
    09/07/2014 1:55:00 PM

  • Sandra Rowe

    09/07/2014 11:51:41 AM

  • Peter Wang

    Great job! Congratulations!
    08/07/2014 8:41:35 AM

  • Jane

    08/07/2014 8:24:52 AM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.