25 people celebrate becoming Canadian citizens on Canada Day
The special citizen ship ceremony began at 10:30 a.m. in the atrium of The Museum in Kitchener
For 25 people in Waterloo region, July 1 is not just about celebrating Canada Day.
They became Canadian citizens on Saturday during a special citizenship ceremony was held at The Museum in Kitchener in celebration for Canada 150.
"Today we add 25 names to the Canadian family," said Howard Dyck, presiding official for Saturday's citizenship ceremony, in his opening remarks.
The ceremony began at 10:30 a.m. in the atrium of The Museum as the 25 soon-to-be Canadians sat at the front waiting for their names to be called. Their friends and family also came out to show their support.
"Many people move to Canada for different reasons, but one thing is very obvious, we chose to be citizens here," said Sarah Cho. She, her husband and two children were the first family to be called to receive their citizenship certificates.
Afterwards, the 25 candidates, along with anyone who already had Canadian citizenship status, joined to say the oath of citizenship.
Shortly after, names of the 25 individuals were called out and one by one, they walked up to receive their citizenship certificate and handshakes from Kitchener mayor, Berry Vrbanovic and local politicians MPP Daiene Vernile and MP Raj Saini.
The ceremony closed with everyone singing the national anthem, O Canada.
"Now we know we have another home that we are willing to work for and give our best to," said Ramez Wadi, who came to Canada with his family from Iraq.