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Mohawk College to host Citizenship Ceremony this Wednesday

On October 28 and 29, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) will welcome 100 new Canadians during two community citizenship ceremonies in Hamilton.

Jointly organized by CIC and local ICC volunteer committees, and held in welcoming public spaces, community citizenship ceremonies involve the whole community in the celebration of a significant milestone in a new Canadian’s life. Click here to watch a short video about these remarkable events. The day begins with compelling roundtable discussions on what it means to be Canadian. Members of the community – from neighbours to professionals and city leaders – are invited to lead discussions with the soon—to—be new citizens that encourage the sharing of stories, experiences and perspectives. One new citizen, Iwona, said this about the experience: “Sharing my citizenship journey with others revealed that although we came from different corners of the world, we have a lot in common.” Click here to hear from others.

Hamilton Art Gallery — 40 new citizens

  • When: Tuesday, October 28
    10:00 a.m.: Roundtable discussion
    11:15 a.m.: Citizenship ceremony

  • Presiding Official: Citizenship Judge Ted Salci

  • Guest Speaker: Charles Criminisi, Chair of the Board of Directors, Art Gallery of Hamilton

Mohawk College — 60 new citizens

  • When: Wednesday, October 29
    10:30 a.m.: Roundtable discussion
    12:00 p.m.: Citizenship ceremony

  • Presiding Official: Citizenship Judge Ted Salci

  • Guest Speakers:
    Elder, Elize Hartley
    Dr. Gary Warner, O.C.
    Max Brown, President Mohawk College Student Association
    Amanda Tallon, President, Mohawk College Association of Continuing Education Students
    Wayne Poirier, VP, Student Services, Mohawk College
    Katie Burrows, Institute for Canadian Citizenship Volunteer Committee Co—Chair, Mohawk College

Photos and video are permitted. Please note: content overheard during the roundtable discussions is off the record, but participants can be approached for interviews during the reception following the ceremony.

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) is a national, non—profit charity (founded and co—chaired by the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul) that helps accelerate new citizens’ integration into Canadian life through original programs, collaborations and unique volunteer opportunities. While our focus is on encouraging new citizens to take their rightful place in Canada, we want all citizens – new or not – to embrace active citizenship in their daily life. For more information, visit icc—icc.ca. You can also follow us on Twitter (@ICCICC).

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