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The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will welcome and celebrate 40 new Canadians from 11 countries at a special community citizenship ceremony at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Prior to the ceremony, the ICC will hold another in its series of community-led roundtable discussions organized by its local volunteer committee. The roundtable is a unique experience where members of the community (from neighbours to business professionals and city leaders) are invited to guide a conversation with new citizens that encourages the sharing of stories and a collective reflection on Canadian citizenship. One new citizen, Ilyana, had this to say about the experience: “When I arrived this morning I was excited for me and my family. After the roundtable discussions, I became excited for everyone in the room.”

Presiding Official: Judge Ted Salci

Guest Speakers & Platform Party:

  • Wayne Poirier, Vice President, Student Services, Mohawk College

  • Rachel Matthews, Dean of Students, Mohawk College

  • Katie Burrows, ICC Volunteer Committee Co-Chair, Mohawk College

  • Fernando Montero, Alumni & Professor of Mohawk College

  • Ryan Chow, President, Mohawk College Student Association

  • Elize Hartley, Elder to perform Smudging Ceremony

When: Wednesday, October 16

10:15 a.m.: Roundtable discussion

12 p.m.: Citizenship ceremony

Where: Mohawk College (135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton, ON)

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) is a national, non-profit charity that encourages active citizenship through innovative programs, collaborations and unique volunteer opportunities. Founded and co-chaired by the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul, the ICC works to: ensure new citizens are welcomed and included as equals; create meaningful connections among all Canadians; foster a culture of engaged citizens; reframe the national conversation on inclusion, identity and citizenship; and celebrate what it means to be Canadian.
For more information, visit icc-icc.ca or email info@icc-icc.ca. Join our conversation by following us on Twitter @ICCICC.

For information on Canadian citizenship ceremonies held across the country, please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website, cic.gc.ca or follow us on Twitter @CitImmCanada.
Media Contacts:
Jess Duerden, Institute for Canadian Citizenship: (416) 593-6998 ext.225 | jduerden@icc-icc.ca
Citizenship and Immigration Canada: 613-952-1650 | CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca