Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Robbie Desboro, Ontario

Fair address: Grey Roots Regional Heritage Fair

Project: War on the water: The Battle Of The Atlantic

My project tells people the significance of the Battle of the Atlantic in WW2 and how it is important to Canadian history. Many people think of the war being fought in Europe but in reality a great deal of the fighting and sacrifice happened in Canadian and North American waters.


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

The most interesting thing I learned about my topic was how many Canadians risked their lives and lost their lives for us to be free. Freedom is not a given right, and we have freedom here in Canada because of the bravery and sacrifice of our citizens.

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

Some important lessons I've learned that I want to share with other Canadians is that Heritage Fair is difficult but in the end very fun and rewarding! The Battle of the Atlantic is a very interesting topic and one of the greatest stories ever told not only in Canada, but in the entire world!

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

Life back then would have been very different then nowadays! Back then many Canadians lived in fear of Germany and thanks to the people who fought for our freedom we don't have to live in destruction, poverty, fear, or not being safe. Image having to live back then not knowing when the war would end and after just recovering from WW1 going right back in the game in WW2.

  • Jennifer G

    Really great job Robbie! You should be very proud of yourself ☺
    05/07/2015 12:29:32 AM

  • Paul G - 2015 Young Citizen

    A well done video Robbie! When I think of the Great Wars, I think about men in trenches, and never really thought about the war on the Atlantic. It certainly is special to be able to interview a veteran. That interview could go down in history! Good luck Robbie!
    04/07/2015 8:36:04 PM

  • kenbyers

    great job Robbie best of luck
    04/07/2015 6:35:12 AM

  • Lynn

    Well done Robbie!
    03/07/2015 11:59:42 PM

  • C White

    Your video gives excellent detail. Congratulations on being chosen as an Ontario Young Citizen.
    03/07/2015 12:47:41 PM

  • walter brown

    thanks for remembering the war vets, good luck wcb
    02/07/2015 9:07:23 AM

  • John Manuel

    Best of luck Robbie! We are really proud of how much time and effort you put into everything. Keep up the good work! Nana, papa and uncle John.
    01/07/2015 8:57:44 AM

  • Laura

    Great work Robbie! You put a lot of effort into your work and it shows. Best of luck in the competition!
    30/06/2015 2:36:27 PM

  • MIchelle

    Nice work Robbie!
    30/06/2015 10:15:46 AM

  • Walter Pickering

    Great to read about your interest in Canadian history! Best of luck with your project!
    29/06/2015 11:11:31 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.