Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Rylee Digby, Nova Scotia

Fair address: Tri-County Regional Heritage Fair

Project: Margaret Davis, The Inspiration

My project is on Margaret Davis a 64 year old women from Brier Island who stood up for herself in a time period that women never would. Her land was being taken away from her, so to save it she made an incredible, life changing decision to walk to Halifax from Annapolis using The Old Soldiers Road. She is an inspiration to many especially women. Margaret worked hard for what she believed in. She is not known by many, but my project is the perfect way to help people learn and understand.

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

The most interesting thing I learned about my topic was the huge walk she took (The 200 km walk) and seeing the places she walked through, I just thought it was interesting to see a 64-year-old woman have the courage and energy to walk that far of a distance, I’ll tell you now I wouldn’t be able to do it!

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

One important lesson I have learned from my project would be, you can do anything you put your mind to. Margaret Davis believe that she could achieve her goal, and she did achieve it. I think that any Canadian or anybody could do the same. I have also learned that having patience is very important. Margaret Davis had patience, and didn’t give up because everything didn’t happen overnight. Well it is the same for anyone else, and if something doesn’t happen when you want it to, or if things don’t go right for you. Keep going, finish your ideas, don’t throw it away, because all good things come, with patience.

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

My life compared to Margaret’s and all the other women in this time period is remarkably easy. My life is not run by men, and I have freedom. I am allowed to own things, and unlike other women back then I don’t have to do as much. I don’t have to do all the housework, watch children, and stay at home. She help me get to where I am today, all women too. She helped women get rights and for that I thank her. Without her I would never be where I am today.

  • Madeline Mooney

    What a cool story. It should be a movie. I guess with your video, it already is. Awesome.
    21/06/2019 11:53:20 AM

  • Norma Mabie

    What an amazing story. I loved your video:)
    20/06/2019 6:49:38 AM

  • C.T.

    Excellent video! You clearly put a lot of effort into researching and traveling. I also enjoyed the fun transition at 01:23.
    15/06/2019 6:30:06 PM

  • Jen O'Neill

    What a great topic. I think it is important that these stories of strong woman of the past of told. It tells us about where we have come as a nation and is inspiring to future leaders. You are amazing!
    12/06/2019 2:22:33 PM

  • vivian oneil

    Great job! This historic story was new to me & I really enjoyed. Good Luck!
    12/06/2019 11:43:22 AM

  • Laurie Thurber

    Interesting subject! Well done! Margaret's story is definitely and interesting one. She was very brave. Did you know, my nephew Carter Thurber, won a contest to name the name the Freeport/Westport ferry Margaret's Justice? :) Good luck!
    11/06/2019 6:37:50 PM

  • Kennedy Merritt

    Great job, Ry! You're so grown up and intelligent :) Thanks for the info!
    11/06/2019 11:47:19 AM

  • Joanne Dunn

    Very interesting subject, did not know this story until recently and you have made it more real by showing locations.
    11/06/2019 9:57:28 AM

  • Cheryl Cooper

    Rylee, Excellent job on your Young Citizens submission.!i enjoyed watching it and learned new things at the sane time. Wishing you all the best.
    11/06/2019 8:43:09 AM

  • Margaret ONeill

    Wow what a concise informative job! And the video was incredibly flawless! I know there is a career in some type of media and or public speaking / interaction for her !
    11/06/2019 7:29:56 AM

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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.