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.

  • Diana Bricknell

    Jasmine - a brillant job of illustrating the kindness of newfoundlanders. Bravo!
    19/06/2014 11:22:43 PM

  • Annette Parsons

    Jasmine, That was absolutely wonderful! You really make make all Newfoundland and Labradorians so proud. Wishing you the best of luck!
    19/06/2014 3:24:25 PM

  • Diane Spurrell

    Great job Jasmine It was enjoyable to watch and nice to see a focus on kindness
    19/06/2014 11:01:59 AM

  • Barbara Earle

    Congratulations on a super job ! I enjoyed your video so much I played it three times. You sure made me feel proud to be a Newfoundlander . Thank you and Good Luck ! You have to consider journalism as a career !
    19/06/2014 9:41:24 AM

  • M A Jabbar

    Newfoundland is known to be cold with warm people. This project is all about its character. This also reminded us about help provided to people from Unfortunate Titanic.
    19/06/2014 2:35:10 AM

  • Doreen Stokes

    Top notch work! Very well presented.
    18/06/2014 6:21:36 PM

  • Catherine Tremblett

    Absolutely true about Newfoundlanders and you said it so well Jasmine. How proud we all can be to be known for our kindness.
    18/06/2014 5:47:41 PM

  • Denise Cooke

    Awesome job Jasmine! Good luck!
    18/06/2014 3:10:00 PM

  • Lori Trainor

    Jasmine what a beautiful tribute to Newfoundlanders. Thank you.
    18/06/2014 2:42:50 PM

  • Paul Murray

    I must say I am very impressed with this presentation by Jasmine. I teach her in grade 5 at St. Bonaventure's College in St. John's, and she is a very good student who always does her best. This project she has done is of high quality and contains a truly important message for those who view it across Canada. It is a universal message that respect and compassion for all people is something we should all strive to demonstrate in our lives. Great job Jasmine!
    18/06/2014 12:51:24 PM

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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.