My Day in Court


Each year when Canada Day celebrations begin, I always reflect on my journey to Canada. Unlike those that are born here, those that want to be Canadians need to apply, answer some basic questions, go to court and receive a short speech from a judge along with their citizenship papers.

My day in court – citizenship court in Ponoka – was an exciting one. A lot of rights were bestowed on me – rights I didn’t even know existed. Individual rights are valued far more in Canada than in most countries. I am grateful for that.

In citizenship court I also learned about what else it takes to be a citizen. In the past two years we’ve heard a lot about rights, but a free country can succeed only when rights are accompanied by responsibilities. Here is one of the responsibilities I learned about, as described by Canada’s department of citizenship and immigration. Let’s live this too!

Helping others in the community

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