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.

  • Laureen Struthers

    What an inspiring, highly informative,and creative presentation. You are an amazing young lady and I wish you the best of luck..
    13/06/2017 12:26:34 PM

  • Mrs. Barnett

    Wow, amazing Madison, thank you for sharing wonderful history of your family.
    13/06/2017 12:22:13 PM

  • Barbara Guest

    Excellent job. Very impressive. How great to have such a great role model for an ancestor.
    13/06/2017 12:07:03 PM

  • Katie Bennett

    It was so great to be interviewed for this! I learned so much about my school. The video looks amazing! Congrats :)
    13/06/2017 10:27:21 AM

  • Michelle Turner

    So amazing how many connections you have made in your project; the people you connected with and the research you have done. OUTSTANDING!!
    13/06/2017 10:27:08 AM

  • Neil McDermott

    Madison, We are very proud of you and this video is amazing just like you! Love you so much. XOXO
    13/06/2017 10:05:40 AM

  • Barb Moodie

    What a wonderful presentation of a great man that you can be proud to call your ancestor!
    13/06/2017 9:58:41 AM

  • Nick Falkowski

    Great job, you should be proud to have such ancestors. It puts a lot of pressure on you but seeing your good work I am confident that you will your own impression on the wonderful country of ours! Canada's future is full of hope with young people like you!
    13/06/2017 9:08:31 AM

  • Neil McDermott

    Madison, We are very proud of you and this video is amazing just like you! Love you so much. XOXO
    13/06/2017 8:17:15 AM

  • Lorrie Quinn

    What a mature and knowledgeable young lady you are Madison! The video is so professional and you have done so much research! I live down the street from your grandma and we will be talking about you for a long time! Congratulations
    12/06/2017 9:20:49 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.