Big day for newest Canadians
CITIZENSHIP CEREMONIES ‘ Multicultural village’ shows off diversity
The U.S. television show Little House on the Prairie gained some Canadian flavour as one of its stars became a new citizen at a ceremony at the Old Port yesterday.
Actress Melissa Sue Anderson, 44, who was born in Berkeley, Calif., planned to attend the ceremony, but could not show up because she was stuck in Detroit, according to a spokesperson from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Her husband, writer/producer Michael Sloan, 60, stood in for her. He also became a Canadian citizen along with the couple’s two children, Griffin, 11, and Piper, 16. About 100 other new citizens were confirmed in the 11 a.m. ceremony.
As a child, Anderson played the role of Mary Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie, from 1974 to 1981. She married Sloan, a writer producer, in 1990. The two fell in love with Montreal while Anderson was shooting a miniseries called 10.5: Apocalypse, which aired on NBC last year.
There were three other citizenship ceremonies in Montreal and suburbs, including one at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park in Côte St. Luc where 44 people from 13 different countries were confirmed as new Canadians, 25 of whom are residents of Côte St. Luc.
The event was presided by Citizenship and Immigration Judge Barbara Seal, who is also a former Hampstead town councillor. Local MNA Lawrence Bergman spoke during the ceremony.
The Montreal ceremonies were among 34 held across the country to welcome 1,700 new members to what Citizenship and Immigration Canada refers to as the “Canadian family.” This year marks the 60th anniversary of Canadian citizenship.
“What a great way to celebrate Canada Day,” said Mike Cohen, a Côte St. Luc councillor and co-chair of Canada Day festivities in that city.
“There was a very nice crowd. It was an emotional and exciting ceremony. We hope to make it an annual event,” Cohen said.
Meanwhile, a “multicultural village” was part of Canada Day festivities at George O’Reilly Park in Verdun. Eighty booths brought together local artisans, cultural groups and merchants, with food and arts and crafts.
Producer Michael Sloan and children Griffin, 11, and Piper, 16, pledge their oaths at a special citizenship ceremony, part of yesterday’s Canada Day celebrations at the Old Port. Sloan accepted wife and actress Melissa Sue Anderson's citizenship on her...