Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Cherine Vancouver, British Columbia

Fair address: Vancouver Heritage Fair

Project: Chester Ronning

Chester Ronning; the proud son of China. Chester was a homesteader, a teacher, a politician, a Canadian diplomat, and an author, but just as important, he was my great grandfather. In my project, I talk about his life experiences and how he grew up in a Chinese household.

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

The most interesting thing that I learned about my topic was that Chester received the Officer of the Order of Canada, Companion of the Order of Canada, and the Alberta Order of Excellence. The reason why I found this the most interesting is because I never thought that someone in my family would be so highly recognized for their achievements. I thought that we were a normal family but I know now in some ways not!

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

I would like to share that learning how to speak different languages opens up opportunities and new perspectives in life. I learned that one person can make a difference in the world if they work hard and believe in themselves. Finally, I would like people to know that hard work really pays off in the end.

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

There is a similarity in Chester's and my lives because we both grew up in multilingual families. One way our lives differ is that I am growing up in the comforts of a developed country while Chester grew up in developing countries. But regardless, we both had or have the opportunity to shape the world we we live in.

  • Hugo

    Nice work! Always a good thing to know our origin.
    27/06/2017 4:24:39 PM

  • Sheila

    Well done Cherine, I bet you enjoyed doing this project
    17/06/2017 12:27:53 AM

  • Lori

    Wow! Cherine, thank you for sharing a part of your very unique and interesting family (and Canadian) history through your wonderful presentation. Well done!
    15/06/2017 4:12:01 PM

  • Faye

    Great job! Such an interesting family history.
    15/06/2017 11:42:46 AM

  • Teresa

    Wow, very nice!
    15/06/2017 12:36:42 AM

  • Carmen

    Well done, Cherine. Please find out more about stories that are yet to be told and shared. Would love to hear about them. Way to go, Cherine.
    14/06/2017 5:15:39 PM

  • Willy Christophersen

    Cherine, what a wonderful story; we had no idea of the Ronning’s family history. You are indeed unique; great job!
    13/06/2017 10:19:05 AM

  • Kjeryn Cassady Willes

    Beautiful Job Cherine!
    13/06/2017 9:50:43 AM

  • Gloria

    Very well presented, excellent job!!
    13/06/2017 9:19:31 AM

  • Kristin Finlay-Jones

    How wonderful that you can identify with your family so grin the past and that you share growing up with the same languages and cultures. Well done!
    13/06/2017 5:47:34 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.