Thu, 14 Nov 2013
Sixty-nine new Canadian citizens were welcomed recently at citizenship ceremonies hosted by the Town of Oakville and the Oakville Public Library (OPL), in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
“Canadian citizenship is an extraordinary privilege and we are proud that these individuals from across the world have made the life-changing decision to take the Oath of Citizenship,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “On behalf of Council, I’d like to congratulate these new Canadians. I strongly encourage them to get involved in the community and help us realize our vision of making Oakville the most livable town in Canada.”
On November 7, at Town Hall, Donna Summerhayes, member of the Order of Canada presided over a citizenship ceremony which saw 30 candidates sworn in as citizens. The assembly was welcomed by Joan Gibb, representative for MP Terence Young, along with MPP Kevin Flynn, Regional Chair Gary Carr and Acting Mayor Tom Adams.
On November 12, 39 men and women pledged their allegiance to Canada at a citizenship ceremony held at the OPL Central Branch. Mayor Rob Burton, Regional Chair Gary Carr, Oakville Public Library CEO Charlotte Meissner and Town of Oakville Commissioner of Community Services Colleen Bell offered congratulatory remarks after Dr. Gary Warner, member of the Order of Canada presided over the ceremony.
The Town Hall ceremony saw candidates from 11 different countries spanning all corners of the world receive citizenship, while new Canadians from 20 countries participated in the OPL ceremony.
The Town of Oakville and the OPL offer a variety of programs to help meet the needs of our diverse residents. To assist residents who speak a language other than English, the Town of Oakville subscribes to Language Line, an over-the-phone interpretation service that provides interpreters in more than 150 languages. This service ensures that whether in person or by phone, residents will receive great customer service. In addition, the town’s website uses Google Translate, an online translation tool that allows residents and visitors to read the information provided in the language of their choice.
Residents who are ready to apply for citizenship can take advantage of a range of resources to help them through the process. The OPL provides a weekly Newcomer Conversation Circle and monthly Canadian Citizenship preparation workshops. A settlement worker is also available at the Glen Abbey branch every Monday to help newcomers settle and integrate into their new community by providing guidance and support in areas such as education, housing, employment and healthcare. The OPL also offers a growing number of print, audio, and DVD materials in languages other than English for both children and adults.
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Town of Oakville
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Oakville Public Library
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