Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Katie Long Beach, Newfoundland and Labrador

Fair address: Vista Regional Heritage Fair

Project: The Resilient Newfoundlander and Labradorian

Newfoundland and Labrador has a well known reputation of being a resilient place with strong and resilient people. My project looks at this resiliency, and in particular the story of my Great - Grandfather Wilson Vey, who along with his crew and passengers survived being lost at sea in the stormy Atlantic Ocean for 9 days and nights in 1933 in a small fishing schooner.

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

When I researched my Great - Grandfather and his survival of the shipwreck, I was so surprised at how strong these men were, and how they refused to give up, even with little hope of rescue. They were so resourceful, in how they kept alive and afloat in the raging Atlantic Ocean. I also discovered that the incredible story made headlines in international newspapers, which is amazing to me as they were from such a small community.

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

I think it is very important for all of us to learn about our heritage, and our ancestors, as we can learn so much. I have learned so much about the resiliency of the people of our province when faced with difficult events. Personally, for me learning about my Great- Grandfather's story has taught me to be strong, to work hard, to try my best and to never give up even when things don't go the way I plan. It has been a very inspiring lesson for me.

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

Like my Great - Grandfather Wilson Vey, I still live in the same tiny rural community and love the rural way of life. However, I learned that times were much harder back then. The biggest differences are in the way we travel, get our supplies, job opportunities, and telecommunications. Also, with respect to the fishery, fishermen had little technology on their fishing vessels to help make their jobs safer, as there were no engines, no GPS, no radios, no phones, little search and rescue technology and no detailed weather forecasts like today.

  • Craig Noseworthy (Maderra)

    Great story Katie! These were tough times where the "I can'ts" often meant the difference between life and death. You should be very proud of your Great Grand father and his fellow crew members as I'm sure they would be proud of you. Thanks for sharing their story.
    11/06/2015 10:01:24 AM

  • Ted Murphy

    Very Interesting
    11/06/2015 8:47:29 AM

  • Hillary

    Excellent video from a smart young lady! I enjoyed watching.
    11/06/2015 8:40:16 AM

  • Lisa Parsons

    Great Job Katie. I thoroughly enjoyed watching your video and learning about your great-grandfather. Good Luck!
    11/06/2015 8:33:31 AM

  • Derrick Drodge

    What a wonderful job!It is very nice to be keeping the memory of your great-granddad alive in all our minds.Uncle Deke is real proud of ya!
    11/06/2015 8:30:59 AM

  • Brad Newhook

    Katie your poise for such a young lady is astounding and you communicate so clearly, your great grandfather would be proud. Best of Luck.
    11/06/2015 8:26:55 AM

  • Barry Whelan

    This was a very touching story and to most Newfoundlanders will allow them to reflect on their own heritage. The videos are great and as most Newfoundlander's listing to the old timers telling stories was a past time growing up. Excellent job it made me pause for a few minutes and thing of times gone by.
    11/06/2015 8:26:24 AM

  • Marlene Dominie

    I really enjoyed watching the video. It was very well put together and it showed that you put a lot of time and effort in researching information for the project. A job very well done. You should be really proud of what you have accomplished.
    11/06/2015 8:08:51 AM

  • Trina Hatcher

    Awesome Job Katie!! Really enjoyed watching the video.
    11/06/2015 8:07:59 AM

  • Naomi Skinner

    I really enjoyed watching this video. Very well done!! Good Luck!
    11/06/2015 8:04:20 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.