Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Bethany Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

Fair address: Niagara Catholic Regional Fair

Project: The Canadian Women of Women's College Hospital

I introduce the strong, wise, kind and caring women doctors that were a part of the Women's College Hospital from its inception. I also discuss the three hospital buildings and show the growth and importance of this hospital to our Canadian Heritage.

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

I learned that Dr. Jennie Smillie Robertson was the first female surgeon in Canada. She performed her first operation on the kitchen table at 18 Seaton Street, the first site of the Women's College Hospital. Dr. Roberton lived to be 103 years old, her life story is incredible as was her dedication to her patients and her passion for helping others as a Canadian female doctor. Dr Jennie Smillie Robertson (born 1878, died 1981: WCH 1911-1942)

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

I have learned that the work of many courageous, intelligent and forward thinking women has been experienced in Canada, here in Ontario at the Women's College Hospital. Forward thinking women, the doctors, and the hospital have continued to grow and promote excellence in the care of women through the years to come.

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

Due to the lives of the Canadian Women doctors I researched and grew to know in my project, I am motivated to continue my dream of becoming a Canadian female doctor. They were the pioneers and trailblazers in the Canadian medical field who opened up the opportunities for generations of females to follow! I would say my life has been enriched by their accomplishments and I can see myself striving to be a trailblazer like them. They are Canadian heroes!

  • Heidi P (mom)

    Well done with all your hard work and creativity, you have definitely highlighted the importance of WCH and the female drs. So proud of your efforts. I wish you the best of luck!
    05/07/2016 9:57:49 AM

  • Bethany P Young Citizen ON

    Hi everyone! I would like to thank you all for your encouraging words and support for my project and video. I am very excited for this opportunity and I have thoroughly enjoyed viewing the videos and learning from the other Young Citizens. This has been an amazing experience so far! Good luck to you all From Bethany!!
    05/07/2016 5:45:12 AM

  • Taylor Scott

    Very informative, I enjoyed learning about all the female pioneers in Canada as it relates to medicine. Well done!
    04/07/2016 10:46:59 PM

  • Michele Campbell

    You did a fantastic job providing very important historic information about women's role in medicine from the past. Much of this information I was not aware of
    04/07/2016 12:48:13 PM

  • Machara MacNeil (young citizen NB)

    You have a great video your very professional Thank you for the comment and good luck
    27/06/2016 6:09:47 PM

  • Ysabelle (Young Citizens)

    I'm always fascinated of women who were in medical field & made great contributions to our country..good job
    21/06/2016 9:56:07 PM

  • Emma cook (young citizen)

    I love your video! It's so interesting how women's rights changed in medicine and other jobs
    20/06/2016 3:47:26 PM

  • Dennis Schafer`

    Very interesting. Great topic - excellent research
    19/06/2016 8:54:27 PM

  • Heather McKay

    Very good research Bethany. Best of luck
    19/06/2016 8:59:52 AM

  • Walker McKay

    Very informative video a credit to the women pioneers of medicine
    19/06/2016 8:39:30 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.