Surrey: 60 new Canadians were sworn in this afternoon at a special community citizenship ceremony at Surrey City Hall. The celebration also featured roundtable discussions where the new citizens shared what it means to them to be Canadian.
“As Canadians, we are very fortunate to live in a country that is celebrated for its diverse range of backgrounds and beliefs of its citizens,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “I am delighted that Surrey City Hall played host to this very special ceremony. On behalf of City Council, I would like to warmly congratulate our country’s newest citizens.”
Community citizenship ceremonies are a celebration of Canada’s newest citizens and offer unique opportunities to reflect on what it means to be active, engaged citizens. The event was planned by the Surrey Local Immigration Project (LIP) in partnership with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC).
“Ensuring that Surrey is welcoming and inclusive for all citizens is a top City priority,” said Councillor Judy Villeneuve, Chair of the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership Project. “I encourage both new and existing residents alike to explore opportunities to connect and experience the rewards of active participation in civic life.”
“Celebrating new citizens is a remarkable gesture of inclusion,” said ICC CEO Charlie Foran. “New citizens are important voices, and our community citizenship ceremonies encourage conversation and connection.”
The community citizenship ceremony is part of the City of Surrey’s Canada 150 celebrations. Canada 150-related projects, events and celebrations are planned throughout the year all throughout the city. Visit Surrey’s Canada 150 website www.surrey.ca/canada150 for more information and details.