Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies

Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies

Munira Ravji

I don’t think I have ever expressed how much I truly love being a member of the Don Valley Citizenship Ceremony Committee.

Or maybe I have.  It’s definitely worth repeating!

I’ve been a member of this local committee representing Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park and Leaside for over 6 years, and I have to say its been a true exercise in community building.  Often my role has been to lead the committee as chair, co-chair, event manager and MC, but I have also learned how to manage different perspectives, made life-long friends, taken part in some great ideas and been witness to many heartfelt moments as individuals recieve their Canadian citizenship. Over time our committee has fostered a team environment where everyone is granted a voice, with that voice being acknowledged.  Apart from all the benefits of volunteering, I think we all do it for the rush of excitment displayed by our new citizens.  We do it for the opportunity to meet them, hear about their journeys, and celebrate their dedication and perserverence in choosing Canada as their home. 

8592916434_443d19e517_kLocal citizenship ceremonies are planned and executed by volunteers across Canada as part of the Building Citizenship Program through the Institute of Canadian Citizenship (ICC) in collaboration with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Together we plan roundtable discussions, build ceremony spaces and welcome new Canadian citizens into our communities and Canadian cultural fabric.

Our committee itself if made up of seniors, internationally trained professionals, staff from the Ontario Science Centre, Thorncliffe Neighborhood Office and Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee. Our day of volunteers include local students and residents of Leaside, Thorncliffe and Flemingdon Park and neighborhoods in the GTA. 

The Don Valley Citizenship Ceremony Committee has hosted over a dozen roundtable discussions, official ceremonies and celebrations at venues such as the Ontario Science Centre, Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre of Toronto, and local schools like Marc Garneu and Valley Park Middle School and more.  It’s exciting to hold our events at cultural institutions such as museums because as part of their citizenship celebration, new citizens get to visit and explore these landmarks and others through the ICC’s Cultural Access Pass program.

15835336105_b7608a2a5e_k15650486150_1878677280_k10844332535_a08a9b22b7_k10845055213_5088eb4fb3_k15835360795_a07979feee_kIf you would like to join our committee or volunteer at our next ceremony, please email us at Check out pictures from our last ceremony here.

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Pictures from 2013 – Bill Wilson

Pictures from 2013 – Bill Wilson

Pictures from 2014 – Bill Wilson