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.

  • Mrs. Czarnota

    Madison this is such an impressive project! You have gone to incredible lengths to do your research and put together an informative and interesting video. Congratulations on all your hard work. Shanty Bay is so proud of you!
    14/06/2017 7:18:44 AM

  • Rhonda Daley

    What a fabulous video Madison! That came together beautifully. Thank you so much for making a special trip out to visit us at Trafalgar Castle School to see some of your great-great-great-great grandfather's incredible workmanship. He remains a huge part of our school's history and we are grateful for our beautiful surroundings each day. Thank you for sharing this video and teaching us more about Joseph Sheard's many other accomplishments and contributions to our nation's history.
    13/06/2017 9:17:11 PM

  • Rhys Serré

    Voted for you! Good Luck
    13/06/2017 8:17:36 PM

  • Robert and Anita Snyder

    Great presentation and very informative! Well done!
    13/06/2017 5:37:15 PM

  • Laurence Herzenberg

    Excellent presentation!
    13/06/2017 5:15:16 PM

  • Anette Nossiter

    What a great part of history! Well done Madison, BTSC is very proud!
    13/06/2017 4:49:49 PM

  • Sherrie Logan

    Your presentation was amazing! Great work!
    13/06/2017 2:05:39 PM

  • Lorrie Quinn

    What a mature and knowledgeable report Madison! I am a friend of your grandma in Alliston and she is so proud! I loved the video - so well done and the best part the chair and flag in the red and white. Well done and I learned so much!
    13/06/2017 2:04:56 PM

  • Ross McDermott

    Awesome work Maddie! What an amazing video! I learned a ton about my relative that I did not even know. It is a great to see that Joeseph Sheard is still inspiring people like yourself all these years later. Keep up the great work! Ross and family
    13/06/2017 1:42:44 PM

  • Euan

    Well done Madison! Sabrina, Callum and William also enjoyed the excellent presentation. Continue to be a leader of Canadian youth.
    13/06/2017 12:27:47 PM

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