Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Madison Oro Medonte, Ontario

Fair address: Simcoe County Regional Fair

Project: Joseph Sheard

My project is about my Great-great-great-great Grandfather Joseph Sheard, 19th Mayor of Toronto. He was a penniless immigrant from England when he arrived in 1833, but he built a sense of community around him and identified employment opportunities to advance his career. Sheard worked his way up from carpenter to prominent architect, and eventually Mayor, always working in the best interest of the people.

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

I felt proud when I read that Joseph Sheard protected the rights and well-being of people. By refusing to build the gallows, he too could have been hanged. Joseph Sheard did not want any part in hurting people when he felt it could have been himself in that situation. Joseph Sheard also demonstrated that he cared for people by putting forth a motion for the Civic holiday, allowing people to receive a day of rest the first Monday in August.

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

I learned that hard work, valuing others and courage can lead to great opportunities. Joseph Sheard didn’t allow change or difficult times to discourage him. He stayed true to his beliefs and subsequently his courageous leadership and protection of people was rewarded.

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

I am fortunate to experience greater peace and financial stability in my life than Joseph Sheard. His father died in the war of 1812 when Joseph Sheard was an infant, so Sheard left school at age 9 to get a job to help support the family because there were no social programs to assist families at that time. Also, I am lucky that Canada continues to be a nation that allows for opportunity if you work hard and persevere during challenges. In addition, I believe my rights are better protected today as a result of people like Joseph Sheard, as people are no longer hanged for their beliefs.

  • Jim McDermott

    Madison, We are very pleased to read about another side of the family & their achievements. We do agree with you that hard work and respect for others is a feather in your cap. We are sure you will now follow your 5th removed great grandfathers guiding light. Good luck for the future B
    16/06/2017 12:28:50 PM

  • Debi MacKay

    Madison! Fantastic project and presentation I learned a lot. Congratulations and THANK YOU for this insight into Canadian history.
    16/06/2017 6:01:17 AM

  • Kim Miller

    This is an amazing project Madison. You led us systematically through the history and nicely illustrated the great work that done by your great-great-great-great grandfather. You should be very proud!
    15/06/2017 8:23:01 PM

  • Mr. White

    It is amazing what you have accomplished! I expect that you will follow in your great, great grandfather's footsteps.
    15/06/2017 1:23:56 PM

  • Mrs. Raikes

    Well done Maddy! I'm so proud of you! This was well researched and presented!
    15/06/2017 5:50:18 AM

  • Dot Clark

    Congrats, Madison, on a very informative presentation. What a lot of research and 'travelling' you did for a 4 minute video!! Good Luck
    14/06/2017 4:36:17 PM

  • Kate Ballantyne

    Wow! What an inspirational man your great great Grandfather was Maddie! You should be very proud of your accomplishments with your extensive research and presentations, as we are so proud of you here at Shanty Bay! Good luck!
    14/06/2017 11:45:04 AM

  • Dale Richard Buchanan

    Madison, You have grown up to be a kind, considerate and educated human being. Our future is in very good and capable human beings if your other classmates are anything like you. Not that anybody can be anything like you! You are unique and one of a kind. Continue to have the courage to speak out for what you believe. From the United States Dale Richard Buchanan
    14/06/2017 11:30:59 AM

  • Dorothy Clark

    Congrats on an excellent presentation. What a lot of research and travelling you did for a 4 minute video! You must be proud!
    14/06/2017 9:52:33 AM

  • Suzanne Jacques

    What a great video!!! You did an awesome job!!! Definitely voted !!!!
    14/06/2017 7:37:47 AM

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