Lest We Forget provides an opportunity for students to conduct primary research, encouraging their skills in writing essays and in using the computer to access historical documents and databases. Students are tasked with researching and writing about individuals who served in the First and Second World Wars.
Lest We Forget is the inspiration of Blake Seward, a history teacher in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Concerned that the contributions of those who died serving in the First World War have been largely forgotten, Mr. Seward began researching the military history of his own great uncle. He soon realized that this type of research would be an exciting way to make history come alive in the classroom. His commitment to teaching Canadian history has been recognized by a number of awards, including the Veterans Affairs Recognition Award and the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2006, he was awarded the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History.