Thirty-two new Canadians were sworn in at a ceremony Wednesday morning at Confederation College in Thunder Bay. The new citizens come from 18 different countries, including Italy, Portugal, Armenia and Burma.
Among them was 25-year-old Rawan Saliba. She was born in Canada, but her parents then returned to Israel.
Saliba moved back to Canada seven years ago, and said she's dreamed of becoming a Canadian citizen ever since.
"It's [a] very peaceful country, and I love that, because in the Middle East we suffer a lot from wars all the time," she said. "This is not something that you find here, so that's great.
"I'm overwhelmed. I'm very happy, very excited. It's been a long journey, and I was looking forward to this day."
Saliba's boyfriend attended the ceremony with her, and used his mobile phone to live stream the swearing-in to Saliba's mother in Israel.
On a day where Thunder Bay is due to be slammed with a major snowstorm, Saliba admitted the weather in northwestern Ontario is "a big challenge."
"But I do prefer to stay here and struggle through this weather, [rather] than live anywhere else,” she said.