41 new Canadians as citizenship certificates presented at ceremony in Wabush
SPECIAL TO THE AURORA The room was at capacity and extra chairs had to be brought in as 41 people became Canadian citizens at a ceremony in Wabush on Oct. 23.
The 41 new citizens had a lot of family and friends along to join in the joyous occasion to help celebrate their becoming Canadians. The 41 came from 11 countries including Philippines, India, Guyana, El Salvador, Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Iran, Haiti, Morocco, France and Jamaica,
Presiding over the ceremony was Citizenship Judge Marie Senecal-Tremblay, Raffi Deratamian, ceremony coordinator, Phanna Hang, clerk of the ceremony, Wabush Mayor Ron Barron and Sheryl Larkin, constituency assistant for Labrador MP Yvonne Jones.
The people about to become citizens sat at the front of the room, anticipating the next big move in their lives.
Sometime later the Oath of Citizenship was administered, and then the Citizen certificates were presented, papers were signed, and there was a huge applause from the new citizens, and their family friends and supporters. “O Canada” was sung, with the children that became citizens at the front of the room singing and waving flags.
In closing remarks, Wabush Mayor Ron Barron told the audience, “This is one of the days I enjoy being mayor. I welcome our new citizens, wish them well, and thank them for what they bring to Canada in making this a diverse and accepting community.”
Citizenship Judge SenecalTremblay emphasized two words in her closing remarks: “Generosity and sharing, encouraging those to be generous with their abilities, and skills, and sharing with other Canadians and new arrivals the desire, and if they can, the means to help make Canada a place that people are proud of.”
The ceremony reflected not only the diversity of Canada but the diversity of Labrador West, and the desire for the community to accept their newest citizens, and the newest Citizens to accept Labrador West as their new home.
Many of the new citizens at the Wabush citizenship ceremony on Oct. 23.
Citizenship Judge Marie Senecal-Tremblay speaking at the citizenship ceremony.
Canada’s young new citizens join in with officials to sing “O Canada.”
Proud to raise the Canadian flag, new citizens at ceremony in Wabush.