Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Abhiyan Vancouver, British Columbia

Fair address: Vancouver Heritage Fair

Project: Frederick Banting, a Canadian Hero

My project is about how insulin, discovered by Frederick Banting and his research team, changed the life of millions of people with diabetes. My project also talks about how Banting came to be the person we know today.

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

The fact that Banting was not only a medical scientist, but also a medical war hero and an artist, who maintained a well-managed relationship with one of the members of the Group of Seven. This made me think that a person can be successful in many dimensions of life if we take it seriously and work hard for it.

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

Throughout this research I learned about the qualities one needs to succeed in one’s life, especially, young learners like me. Failure is not the end. Banting failed in his Arts study and moved halfway through repeating his first year, he decided to switch to medicine at the University of Toronto, where he read an article and became deeply interested in diabetes. Banting was resilient to prove his talents. Banting was a below-average student in the class, but he proved that grade did not predict success. Hope if supported by hard work can overcome poor grades. Teamwork is important to achieve something great like insulin. Banting did surgery, Best did chemistry, Collip purified the crude insulin, while Macleod supervised the experiments. Together they achieved the world’s greatest life-saving remedy. Generosity and empathy for others are key to great personality. Banting and Macleod shared half of their Nobel Prize money with Best and Collip. They sold the insulin patent to the University of Toronto for $1, so that all countries can make insulin to help millions of suffering diabetics around the world. Perseverance is the secret power that propels success. Though the discovery was more than once dismissed by other academics, Banting persisted in his quest to find the ultimate treatment for diabetes.

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

My life as a non-diabetic person is more relaxed and comfortable, but those unfortunate millions of suffering diabetics before the invention of insulin had a miserable life. Many of them lived for only a year after being diagnosed. Many have died from starvation as a way of treatment.

  • Wasiq

    Great work, my boy, expressing your ideas in such a short video takes lots of acumen, and you showed you have it. Way to go, my son.
    23/06/2018 12:50:09 AM

  • Tanvir Karim

    To be a hero is to inspire others to take action and make change. Hope you can make positive change in the world and be an inspiration.
    22/06/2018 7:42:35 PM

  • Renata Karrys

    Well done young son! Cheers to a long life ahead full of oodles of things that inspire you to keep experimenting and experiencing and learning! Best of luck.
    21/06/2018 6:06:13 PM

  • salma parveen

    Nice presentation,keep it up your research ,oneday you may find the right medicine for the diabetes.Well done Abhiyan.
    20/06/2018 4:29:23 AM

  • Henry Pursey

    Great video, good luck!
    19/06/2018 3:44:11 PM

  • Marilynn tebbit

    Abhiyan, you have come to some valuable life lessons through your research.
    19/06/2018 12:07:16 AM

  • Susan C Walker

    Thank You for such an informative and amazing presentation Abhiyan. And you are so correct success is not predicted by grades and schooling alone. Keep Exploring.
    18/06/2018 10:50:24 AM

  • Afsana jhumee

    Great job Abyan!! Vary informative,keep it up!
    17/06/2018 3:15:39 AM

  • Shahina Awal.

    “Well done”, Abhiyan. Great job. Very elaborate explanation explanation at this age. Keep it up. Proud of you.
    16/06/2018 4:38:17 PM

  • June Wong

    Very impressive! lots of work put into this school project. blows me away!
    15/06/2018 7:18:22 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.