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Jordan - Kingston, ON

Jordan - Kingston, ON

Albert Dick

My project is about Albert Dick who is a very controversial man who started great businesses all over Calgary. He was rich and loved by all, until he set sail on the Titanic and survived. He then became one of the most shunned and hated men in all of Canada.

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

The important lessons that I have learned that I want to share with other Canadians, is that there are so many great people out there, who have had a major role in history which most people haven’t even heard of. They have had such a giant impact and are so interesting. Their stories need to be discovered and shared with all because they are truly a giant part of our Canadian Heritage.

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

The most interesting thing that I learned about my project is that Albert Dick had so many great accomplishments, and was loved by so many people. Then it all ended because he survived on the Titanic. I am amazed that not one person walked into his hotel The Royal Alexandra, no one bought his lumber and no one would deal with him in his Dick Brothers business all because of being alive. I find it so interesting that it went from being shunned and hated in one community, to being shunned and hated by the entire country. Imagine being hated by you whole country for being alive… this is what I find the most interesting thing that I learned about my project.

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

How I would compare my life today to the life or Albert Dick is very simple.  If this happened to me now I wouldn't be shunned out of a community. I would be embraced and welcomed right back in. I also would say that my life is a lot more forgiving. If people were mad at me for something serious it would not last for the rest of my life; it would eventually die off. Then finally I would compare my life to his with saying that if anyone worked that many jobs today, or had that many businesses, they would have no life and would be really truly rich!