Eastview Secondary School,
Finalist for the 2011 Governor General's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History
Researching internet databases, unit histories, local newspapers and the memories of local families, Clint Lovell’s students wrote and published the stories of their local boys killed in the world wars. Published initially online at the Canadian Virtual War Memorial the project evolved into a Youtube video and a poster of the Barrie Boys distributed in the community. Their book The Boys From Barrie is now in its second printing. Lovell’s students solved sixty-year-old mysteries, reunited families, and even cleared the name of a soldier accused of desertion. In the process, many students discovered their own family histories. Many of the student authors travelled to Europe to visit the graves of “their” soldier. Their journey was made more poignant as upon their return to Barrie, Mr. Lovell’s students honored one of their own killed in Afghanistan. Clint and his students continue to write and lecture in their community. They have participated in documentary films and been interviewed extensively in the media.