Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Rachel Winnipeg, Manitoba

Fair address: Red River Heritage Fair

Project: Sir Frederick Banting

My project is about an amazing Canadian named Sir Frederick Banting. He came up with a way to extract and purify insulin for successful use in humans. I will be telling you about this great accomplishment, and his role in Canadian history.

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

I learned so many things from my research, but what stood out most for me was what I learned about diabetes, how the pancreas functions, and how and why insulin is produced. It is great that a Canadian made such an important discovery in this area.

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

I have learned that it is important to know that if you work hard, you can achieve anything. Banting always tried his hardest, and even though many of his experiments failed and disappointed people, he didn't quit. Look at how successful he turned out to be, and what an important difference he made.

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

Back then, diabetes was a pretty bad disease. If you had it, there was nothing you could do to avoid getting sicker and sicker. Now, because of Banting, diabetes isn't dreaded. If I were to develop diabetes, I would be able to control it with insulin, unlike those before Banting's time.

  • Michelle Graham

    What a great video. You are very well spoken and had fantastic slides. I am very impressed. Good luck.
    18/06/2014 2:22:21 PM

  • Alan Banting

    Great report and video. Keep doing work like that and you too will be a great Canadian
    18/06/2014 12:40:57 PM

  • Darcey

    Very informative and well presented. Excellent video!
    18/06/2014 5:00:30 AM

  • Donna

    I really enjoyed your video and congratulate you on a project well done!
    18/06/2014 12:16:26 AM

  • Laurel

    Great job! Can I use this in my class?
    17/06/2014 2:10:04 PM

  • Sharon

    Such a well-spoken young lady! The information was presented in an easy-to-understand way and the pictures and diagrams were excellent!
    17/06/2014 10:47:12 AM

  • Heather

    A very interesting topic. I learned a lot from your presentation.
    16/06/2014 11:21:41 AM

  • Mary P- 2014 Young Citizen

    Even though I have diabetes myself, I learned lots during your video. Great job!

    — Mary P – 2014 Young Citizen


    14/06/2014 9:05:19 PM

  • Kyle

    Good information given.

    — Kyle W – 2014 Young Citizen


    14/06/2014 6:22:13 PM

  • Melissa N.

    Amazing! So much information and well presented!
    13/06/2014 12:18:53 PM

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