TORONTO: This was a special rite of passage for 50 permanent residents who took oath as new Canadians at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on October 15.
Yes, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) organized the special oath-taking ceremony at the ROM to mark the beginning of the Citizenship Week from October 15 to 21 – as well as commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
The lucky 50 new Canadians came from 12-odd countries, making the occasion truly memorable for them. ROM also chipped with a reception for the new Canadians.
Citizenship Judge Raminder Gill, who belongs to one of Canada’s oldest Indo-Canadian families, presided over the oath-taking ceremony.
Gill told the new citizens that they were now free to realize their Canadian dream as he himself did – from washing dishes as a new immigrant to becoming an MPP and later a citizenship judge.
On a more colourful note, the CN Tower and the Niagara Falls were lit up in red and white to mark the beginning of the Citizenship Week.