St. Lawrence Welcomes 42 New Canadians
On Friday, June 15, Champlain St. Lawrence was the host of a Canadian Citizenship Ceremony organized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
A citizenship ceremony is the final step in the process of becoming a Canadian citizen. There is a legal requirement for the individual to attend the ceremony and take the Oath of Citizenship. During the ceremony, the new citizen receives a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship. Guests attending the ceremony, who are Canadian citizens, are invited to reaffirm their commitment to Canada by repeating the oath along with the new citizens. For many, it is the realization of a dream. Sometimes, it marks the beginning of a new life. The ceremony confers the rights and acknowledges the responsibilities of citizenship.
St. Lawrence Faculty and Staff took part in the ceremony as hosts of round table discussions that took place prior to the ceremony. They were asked to lead informal conversations with citizenship candidates (and their guests, 8-10 people per table) about their journeys to Canada.
On behalf of the entire St. Lawrence Community, we wish to congratulate these 42 new Canadian citizens. We are proud of welcoming into our great Canadian family!