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.

  • Stu Frith

    Wow Madison ! You have done an excellent job and clearly put a lot of hard work into your project. I enjoy reading about historical events and watching documentaries all about those that have come before us. I can now add your project to the list of presentations that I have enjoyed. Once again, excellent work Madison and I am very proud of what you've done and who you are. Hope to see you soon. Love "Uncle" Stu XO
    12/06/2017 4:41:14 PM

  • Stu Frith

    Wow Madison ! You have done an excellent job and clearly put a lot of hard work into your project. I enjoy reading about historical events and watching documentaries all about those that have come before us. I can now add your project to the list of presentations that I have enjoyed. Once again, excellent work Madison and I am very proud of what you've done and who you are. Hope to see you soon. Love "Uncle" Stu XO
    12/06/2017 4:38:55 PM

  • Irene McDermott

    I learned so much about the early years of living in the city of Toronto from your well researched and informative project on your ancestor Joseph Sheard. Well done and congratulations on an excellent presentation!
    12/06/2017 3:18:54 PM

  • Mrs. Gray

    Madison, you should be very proud of yourself. There is a lot of work put into this project and you did a fantastic job!
    12/06/2017 3:16:55 PM

  • Mrs. Gray

    Wow! You put so much work into this Madison! You should be so proud of yourself.
    12/06/2017 3:14:39 PM

  • Jeremy Holden

    This is a fantastic presentation! Great work Madison.
    12/06/2017 2:46:25 PM

  • Mom

    We're so proud of you. All of your hard work paid off.
    12/06/2017 2:38:26 PM

  • Michael Atkinson

    Well researched and excellent presentation Madison. Great job of keeping Canadian history alive as we celebrate those that made Canada what it is. Well done!!!
    12/06/2017 2:16:34 PM

  • Ron Kelusky

    Well done Madison you should be very proud
    12/06/2017 1:50:29 PM

  • Jeff Pajot

    Great work Madison,Keep the memory of your ancestor alive and honoured not so much by what you say, but what you DO!
    12/06/2017 1:32:53 PM

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