Citizenship dream a reality
NOT everyone who comes to Australia desires to convert to an Australian citizen, but for those who do it is a special moment.
Irene Jackson, from the Philippines, took four years to make up her mind.
Mrs Jackson became an Australian citizen last week in special ceremony at the Eidsvold library conducted by Deputy Mayor Faye Whelan.
“I was born in the beautiful Philippines and lived in a little village, Kananga Leyte,” Mrs Jackson said.
“I come from a family with nine children. I have six sisters and two brothers, with three sisters now living in Australia.”
A potted banksia, a symbol of Australia, was a gift from North Burnett Regional Council.
The council’s chief executive officer Mark Pitt presented Mrs Jackson with the Australian native plant and congratulated her for a great achievement.
“I finally have the paper in my hand,” Mrs Jackson said.
“This is a major milestone in my life and I am very proud to be an Australian.
“I married Stephen Jackson in 2009 and have lived in Eidsvold for more than four years and I love it,” she said.
Mrs Jackson works at the Eidsvold Hospital and is studying to become a registered nurse.
The young couple bought a house in Eidsvold in 2010 and have become hard-working and well respected residents of the Eidsvold community.
MILESTONE: Irene Jackson, pictured with council CEO Mark Pitt, is now an Australian citizen.