Langley, BC – Today, Langley MP Mark Warawa welcomed 50 new Langley Canadians Citizens at a special ceremony at Brookswood Secondary School. He was joined by Justice Dane Minor, Township Councillor Charlie Fox, Master Corporal Andrew Tan, RCMP R/Cst. Aubrey Bacchus, Citizenship Officer Jessica Poon, Langley School Board Chair Dr. Wendy Johnson, and Principal Marchello Moino, serving as Master of Ceremonies.
“We are grateful that you chose Canada and we are proud to welcome you as new Canadians,” said Warawa as he addressed the new Canadian Citizens. “On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, congratulations and welcome home!”
A citizenship ceremony is an opportunity to witness the final step for many who want to become a Canadian citizen. “I am thrilled to take part in this Government of Canada initiative which encourages civic awareness among students – this is a firsthand opportunity to witness the induction of 50 new Canadians and to reflect on the many freedoms, rights and responsibilities that we share as Canadians,” said MP Mark Warawa.
During the citizenship ceremony, 50 permanent residents took the oath of citizenship, received their citizenship certificates and were welcomed into the Canadian family. Citizenship judge Justice Minor presided over the ceremony and administered the oath of citizenship. All Canadians are invited to participate by repeating the oath of citizenship and reaffirming their commitment to our great country, Canada.
While delivering remarks at the ceremony, MP Mark Warawa also highlighted the importance of being a Canadian. “As Canadians, we understand that citizenship should not be simply a passport of convenience,” said Warawa. “Citizenship is a pledge of mutual responsibility and a shared commitment to values rooted in our history. Canadian citizenship is coveted around the world. . . . May we never take for granted the wonderful freedoms that we all enjoy, freedom won through the sacrifices of many.”