Diane, Jessica, Isabel & Dave Clarke
A Special Citizenship Ceremony was held in the beautiful atrium at the Town Hall in Oakville. The ceremony celebrated the presentation of Certificates of Citizenship to thirty new Canadians. “I am proud, happy and excited to be a Canadian” were the words echoed by every new Citizen taking the Oath. “Oakville Canada is a safe place to live.”
The Town of Oakville, in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, hosted the event. The words of welcome, the introductory remarks and the administration of the Canadian Oath of Citizenship was conducted by Mrs. Donna Summerhayes, Member of the order of Canada.
As the Oath was taken by our newest Citizens from countries around the world, many guests, including the dignitaries could also be heard proudly repeating the oath, further consolidating the ideals of partnership that Canada is so well known for.
In the words of Regional Chair Gary Carr, “Canada is a Mini-United Nations, a place where we are happy to have neighbours from every nation living next door, because we know we have good neighbours.”
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Dignitaries from every level of government were on hand; Judy Lee-Wu of the CIC, MPP Kevin Flynn, Councillor Tom Adams, Regional Chair Gary Carr, Joan Gibb on behalf of MP Terence Young, Veteran, Andy Barber and a most delightful RCMP officer all wished the 30 candidates a warm welcome and congratulations. The candidates were asked to participate in their communities and reminded that they could now receive services, run for parliament and vote in elections. They can now apply for a passport, go freely to and from Canada and that freedom is what our Canadian flag stands for. Being loyal to Canada also means that they have agreed to observe and obey the laws of Canada.