Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Karissa Lethbridge, Alberta

Fair address: Southern Alberta Regional Heritage Fair

Project: Canada's Canola

Canada's Canola looks at the history and importance of canola, the world's only "made in Canada" crop.  

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

Did you know that in 1996 Canada's canola seeds were taken to space to study the effects on growth and germination? Did you know canola oil was used to fuel a race car that ran on canola biodiesel? Isn't canola amazing?!?

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

Canola is one of Canada's most valuable crops. Canadian's need to know that canola is a much healthier choice for cooking and baking because it is cholesterol and trans fat free.

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

The people who brought rapeseed to Canada, the Canadian scientists who created canola, Robert Thirsk who brought canola seeds to space, and Kevin Therres who made the first race car to run on canola biodiesel were all courageous people who weren't afraid to take risks. Like those that have gone before us we too can be daring and try our creative ideas!

  • Dale Burns

    Very nice to have met you, Karissa. Stay curious and you would make a great scientist someday!
    16/06/2015 12:21:19 AM

  • Dale Burns

    Great meeting you, Karissa. Stay curious and you'd make a great scientist someday!
    15/06/2015 6:01:12 PM

  • Sue Huffman

    Super Job! I'm glad your grandpa shared the link. Good luck!
    15/06/2015 3:00:06 PM

  • Jill a friend of grandpa and grandma Myland

    So glad I got to see your presentation.It is Awesome! Bet you not only learned lots about canola but what a great technological learning opportunity. Hope you win. Ottawa is lovely.
    15/06/2015 1:57:58 PM

  • Jan Wood

    Great presentation, Karissa! I especially liked your effort to include the explanation of how the word "canola" came to be used. All the information you provided, and how it was arranged, was very interesting!
    15/06/2015 10:15:35 AM

  • Karen Little

    Great job! There was a lot in your project that I wasn't aware of. Great research!
    14/06/2015 10:40:08 PM

  • Kevin and Laurel Auch

    We really enjoyed your video Karissa! We grow canola on our farm and it's great that you highlighted how healthy canola oil is, and how important it is to our economy. Good luck!
    14/06/2015 10:36:46 PM

  • Karen Fritz

    Good for you Karissa! You will represent Alberta well! All the best in the competition!
    14/06/2015 9:30:32 PM

  • Teresa

    Great job. Was cool to learn more about canola
    14/06/2015 8:34:51 PM

  • Gladys Goss-Laing

    Karissa, you are a very good speaker and you certainly know your topic! I appreciated knowing more about Canola - I use it all the time too!
    14/06/2015 7:58:07 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.