On May 15th, 2014, the Winnipeg ICC Building Citizenship Committee, primarily based at Immigrant Centre Manitoba and led by the Committee President, and Immigrant Centre Executive Director Linda Lalande hosted a day of Citizenship Celebration.
After the incredible ceremonies and roundtable sessions that took place at the Qualico Centre in 2012 and the Manitoba Museum in 2013, the 2014 ceremony had a lot to live up to and it did so in style. Thanks to the ongoing support of RBC, both financially and through volunteers, the space and staff donated by the Millennium Library and other partnerships with Leadership Winnipeg and Price Waterhouse Cooper, the day was a huge success.
The Volunteer Committee coordinated the day and provided volunteer round table hosts, greeters and story gatherers. Mandy Joseph from the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) led the round table discussions about the importance of citizenship and provided every new Citizen with a Cultural Access Pass. After a catered lunch CIC held the Citizenship Ceremony was movingly led by Judge James McCrae. It included speeches by a Filipino-born representative of the Canadian Military, British born Administrative Coordinator, Gail Doherty, from Millennium Library, and three songs by Mimoza Duot and her brother Moses, also of Filipino heritage.
To see all the photos of the roundtables and Ceremony, and to read the full story, please click here: Celebrating Citizenship