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Miscellaneous: 2 Jul 2019
Waterloo Region welcomes 30 new Canadians at citizenship ceremony

Phi Doan/ KitchenerToday

Thirty people celebrated Canada Day as full-fledged citizens for the first time.

A citizenship ceremony was held at the Woodside National Historic Site in Kitchener on Monday.

It marked the 24th time the childhood home of Canada's tenth Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, was used for such an occasion.

Local MPs Bardish Chagger and Raj Saini, along with Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin, were in attendance to welcome the new Canadians .

Those 30 people came from 11 different countries, all with different stories to tell about their journey to Canada.

Some were fleeing wars in their home countries - like Jamila Kamara and her brother, who came from Sierra Leone as refugees.

"I'm so happy right now and I feel so proud that I'm able to be a part of this," she says. "Thank God, thank my family, my dad for being a part of this process."

Others, like Enrico Pellini, were searching for better opportunities. His father moved their family to Canada from Argentina years ago.

"We really liked Argentina, but life there is much harder than here and he always wanted to move to a different country with his family and he actually was offered a job here in Canada."

There was also an American family at the ceremony who were eager to trade in the stars and stripes for the big red maple leaf.

"We upgraded our country to Canada and we're so happy that we did and we're so excited that we are finally citizens, no longer do we have to say we're almost Canadian, we can say we are Canadian," Laura Pierce.

Pierce's husband Jim Shuffield also offered an explanation for their move.

"Left the U.S. for a number reasons, but basically cause Canada is a better place to live."

The ceremonies took just under an hour to finish as they sung the anthem, took the oath, signed the papers, and then set off to celebrate the rest of Canada Day as newly-minted Canadians.

Kitchener Today-570 News/AA
 

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