Coun. Greg Rivard, right, chair of the City of Charlottetown’s planning and heritage committee, and Max MacIsaac, one of two Island students chosen to attend the Young Citizens Youth Forum in Ottawa, hold a portrait of Mayor James Warburton, one of the subjects of Max’s Heritage Fair project and video, “The Warburton Family.” The video was one of 12 Heritage Fair finalist projects voted on by the public. Max’s mother, Vanda Deighan, and sister, Sophie MacIsaac, look on.
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – West Royalty Elementary student Max MacIsaac is one of two students from P.E.I., and 26 nationwide, who will attend the Young Citizens Youth Forum in Ottawa this October.
Max’s project on Charlottetown’s influential Warburton Family was one of 12 finalists at the provincial Heritage Fair and the winner of the City of Charlottetown prize which is awarded to the student who exhibits an outstanding project on any aspect of Charlottetown’s heritage.
After the provincial fair, finalists were provided with cameras to make videos of their projects and upload them to YoungCitizens.ca, where the public was encouraged to vote for their favourite.
Max’s friends, family, community and fellow students at West Royalty Elementary were happy to oblige, and the effort paid off.
As part of the Heritage Fair program, students were encouraged to create projects in either official language on any topic that interested them. As a result, their entries include everything from prominent families, citizens and businesses to ghost ships, outlaws and the Hillsborough Bridge.
The Warburton family’s influence on Charlottetown’s history can still be felt today. For example, Dr. James Warburton was a physician, MLA and mayor of Charlottetown under whose leadership the city’s sewer system was completed.
His brother, historian, MLA, judge and premier, Alexander Bannerman Warburton, was instrumental in planting many of the 100-year-old-plus trees in the city, and creating a history text that many historians rely on to this day.
Their father, James Warburton Sr., was involved in obtaining responsible government for P.E.I.