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.

  • Ben

    Job well done, hope you keep up your research even when your project is over. There is so much information that needs to be preserved. This could be a topic you could use right through University.
    29/06/2015 9:56:30 AM

  • Ted

    Bravo Zulu Robbie. My dad fought in the Battle of the Atlantic and would be very pleased with your effort. I served in the peacetime navy throughout the cold war and very janodlmuch appreciate your effort. Captain, RCN (ret'd)
    25/06/2015 12:08:09 PM

  • Andrew

    love your topic. great video. I can tell you put lots of effort into your video
    24/06/2015 3:50:20 PM

  • kathy

    Good job!
    23/06/2015 1:58:50 PM

  • Lynda Henry

    Robbie, I don't know how you managed to pick and choose from all the footage and information you had but you've done an amazing job putting this video together. I'm so delighted to see Dad on film. Your interview with him was so professional and well prepared and he really enjoyed his time with you. Best of luck!
    23/06/2015 8:07:08 AM

  • Sandy Robicheau

    Awesome job!!
    19/06/2015 8:38:43 AM

  • Sharon

    A wonderful job Robbie.A nicely balanced presentation of facts, photos and a nice personal touch.Great Job!
    18/06/2015 7:49:58 PM

  • Candi

    Robbie, enjoyed your project here in South Carolina!
    18/06/2015 6:46:35 AM

  • Cathie

    Well done, young man.
    17/06/2015 11:07:33 AM

  • Tracy Kiser

    Robbie, Thank you for your research and tribute to our Canandian Sailors. My father passed away this year and he was very proud to have served in HMCS Haida. He was a past president of the Haida Association and I assisted as well. I had the privilege of meeting many of them including some that had rescued survivors from the sinking of the Athabaskan in 1943. We must rememeber the sacrifices for our Freedom and it makes me happy to see you honour this.
    17/06/2015 8:25:15 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.