DIVERSEcity hosts its first Citizenship Ceremony during Citizenship Week

DIVERSEcity is deeply honoured to have hosted its first Citizenship Ceremony, marking a significant milestone in the community

On May 13, 2024, during Citizenship Week in Canada, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, welcomed 40 new Canadians from 18 different countries as they took their oath of citizenship at DIVERSEcity Surrey Community Campus. It’s a celebration of diversity, unity and the journey to becoming an official Canadian.

Citizenship Judge Carol-Anne Hart reminded the new Canadian citizens that “in Canada you can be who you are and succeed and thrive.”

“Whatever dreams you bring here, they are possible if you believe in the power of hard work, learning new skills and sharing ones you have already built,” said Neelam Sahota, CEO, DIVERSEcity.

The Honourable Marc Miller adds, “it’s people like you around this room that will make this place better than it already is, and there’s always room for improvement.”

“I encourage all Canadians to welcome new fellow citizens and help them further integrate into our communities,” said the Honourable Marc Miller.

Thank you to Judge Hart, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Dennis Leon of Kwantlen First Nation and Clerk of the ceremony Kris Liu. A further thank you to the Platform Party, specifically Mr. Sukh Dhaliwal, MP, Surrey – Newton, Mr. Ken Hardie, MP, Fleetwood – Port Kells, RCMP Constable Matthew Wright, and Neelam Sahota, CEO of DIVERSEcity.

Congratulations to the candidates on becoming Canadian citizens and to the handful of DIVERSEcity alums who received their reaffirmation certificate.

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