Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Helen Gagetown, New Brunswick

Fair address: Anglophone West Regional Heritage Fair (Woodstock)

Project: Charles Gorman: The Human Dynamo

My project tells the story of Charles Gorman, an award-winning World Champion speed skater from Saint John, New Brunswick. He was also a wounded World War 1 veteran who became New Brunswick's first Winter Olympian!

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

I learned that my great-grandfather was a friend of Charles Gorman and skated against him on many occasions. My grandmother claims that he often beat Charles!

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

Charles Gorman's story is one of triumph over adversity. Despite being wounded in the legs during the war, Charles returned home and continued to skate, becoming the World Champion in 1926 in front of a hometown crowd.

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

Many things are very different now than they were 100 years ago. Charles Gorman skated in long, narrow, leather skates and wore woollen leggings, and a toque, which is much different from the very technical and streamlined uniforms worn by Olympic speed skaters today.

  • Sheri McAulay

    Thank you for all your info as I learned some local history and it's awesome to learn about the history in your community!
    26/06/2017 6:40:23 PM

  • Chris Shannon

    Excellent work...
    23/06/2017 2:17:59 PM

  • Selina

    Great job!!!
    23/06/2017 6:49:00 AM

  • Pat Ethier

    Great Job Helen
    22/06/2017 10:29:04 PM

  • Nicole Haueisen

    Well done Helen!!!!you got my vote girl
    22/06/2017 9:30:22 PM

  • Isabel Francis

    Beautiful Helen!! You explained the topic very well! Great Work!!
    22/06/2017 7:12:59 PM

  • Alexandra Francis

    Fantastic!! Well done!!
    22/06/2017 7:06:55 PM

  • Sandra Hall

    Way to go Helen, very interesting!
    22/06/2017 6:44:39 PM

  • Dan Meads

    Thanks for remembering great Canadians
    22/06/2017 5:56:56 PM

  • Ken Watkin

    Super story about a great Canadian. Very good production and editing.
    22/06/2017 12:32:45 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.