41 new Cana­di­ans as cit­i­zen­ship cer­tifi­cates pre­sented at cer­e­mony in Wabush

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Saltwire Wheels - BY MIKE POWER

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.

MIKE POWER/SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

Many of the new cit­i­zens at the Wabush cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony on Oct. 23.

MIKE POWER/SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

Cit­i­zen­ship Judge Marie Senecal-Tremblay speak­ing at the cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony.

MIKE POWER/SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

Canada’s young new cit­i­zens join in with of­fi­cials to sing “O Canada.”

MIKE POWER/SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

Proud to raise the Cana­dian flag, new cit­i­zens at cer­e­mony in Wabush.

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