Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Ysabelle Joyce Winnipeg, Manitoba

Fair address: Red River Heritage Fair

Project: Nursing Sisters: Were They Forgotten?


The Canadian Nursing Sisters were brave and dedicated women who served our country and the world. They served in the Northwest Rebellion, the Boer War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War. It is a story of unyielding women who brave all the hardships of the war to do their duty and care for their patients, and of those who nursed the casualties left in the wake of war.

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

The soldiers affectionately called the Nursing Sisters “Bluebirds” because of their blue dresses and white veils. It was only after World War I that the Nursing Sisters earned the most respect from the world and became recognized. The Nursing Sisters were the first Canadian women to vote in a federal election (1917) because of their bravery in World War I. This led the way to other Canadian women achieving the right to vote. To honour the Nursing Sisters for their service, sacrifices and heroism, a beautiful Nursing Sisters’ Memorial was erected in the Hall of Honour at the Parliament Building in Ottawa.

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

Those Nursing Sisters served and helped, and never gave up to the last of their strength and even to their last breath. They healed the sick, they treated the wounded and they comforted the dying. They sacrificed their lives and happiness, they endured the loneliness away from their loved ones, all  to make sure that they would fulfill their duties and responsibilities to serve their country by caring for and comforting the wounded soldiers. They were called “Angels of Mercy” for good reason!

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

Peace, unity and freedom are the three gifts that I, and all of us, are enjoying right now, thanks to the heroic Nursing Sisters and the soldiers they healed. The Nursing Sisters endured and sacrificed their lives during the war by serving and helping the injured and sick soldiers. They knew it could cost them their lives but they chose to serve anyway. My life is so much easier in comparison because I am not in danger of dying, I am not worried about a bomb dropping on me, and I am enjoying peace and freedom because of the brave Nursing Sisters and the soldiers they cared for. This project is my way to say thank you to them!

  • TankekoR

    love your topic,your video is amazing,reading your profile is so interesting,Good luck
    19/06/2016 4:06:41 AM

  • mcalderon

    Great job Ysabelle,i like the way you presented your Video
    19/06/2016 3:57:03 AM

  • Anna Gane

    This is such a good video, and the subject is really interesting. I'm glad you made this video, it spreads awareness of something not most know of. Good luck on the video!
    18/06/2016 10:50:18 PM

  • Aileen

    Hi Ysa! Very well said! Great job!
    18/06/2016 8:11:00 PM

  • maggie

    Great job Ysa!! I learned a lot from your presentation and you did very well considering it was supposed to be for two people!
    18/06/2016 1:59:41 PM

  • Mrs. Burtnick

    The costumes and presentation were awesome! Your patient did a great job as well. Great job Ysa! Mrs. Burtnick
    18/06/2016 10:25:41 AM

  • Alicia

    Well done Ysa!
    17/06/2016 8:58:16 PM

  • TankekoR

    Wow.you did really well on your research and your video said it all..Well done & good luck
    17/06/2016 7:14:00 PM

  • rosabelle

    Cheers to all the nurses..thanks Ysa for making us realize that nursing is one great and awesome profession!!!!
    17/06/2016 8:40:05 AM

  • Olivia Losier (young citizen)

    great job Ysa. love this project. hope you do well
    16/06/2016 6:46:52 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.