30 take oath of citizenship at Hamilton Mountain school

News Oct 16, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Thirty people sang O Canada for the first time as Canadians in a central Mountain school school gym Thursday.

The new Canadians, who came from 15 different countries, took their oath of citizenship during an hour-long ceremony at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta elementary school.

The oath was administered by Gary Warner, a former professor at McMaster University and a member of the Order of Canada.

Warner, who was born in Trinidad, told the 30 candidates before taking the oath that the words have great meaning.

“I implore you to take them to heart,” he said. “These are not merely words to be repeated.”

Warner also suggested that, upon becoming Canadians, they be “active citizens” by getting involved in their community and making Canada a better place.

The ceremony, which came in the middle of Citizenship Week, was a chance for senior students at the school to see firsthand something they might only read about, said principal Vito Colella.

It ties in with curriculum in grades 4 through 8 regarding government, geography and diversity, he said.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to see how diverse our country is,” he said.

 

30 take oath of citizenship at Hamilton Mountain school

News Oct 16, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Thirty people sang O Canada for the first time as Canadians in a central Mountain school school gym Thursday.

The new Canadians, who came from 15 different countries, took their oath of citizenship during an hour-long ceremony at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta elementary school.

The oath was administered by Gary Warner, a former professor at McMaster University and a member of the Order of Canada.

Warner, who was born in Trinidad, told the 30 candidates before taking the oath that the words have great meaning.

“I implore you to take them to heart,” he said. “These are not merely words to be repeated.”

Warner also suggested that, upon becoming Canadians, they be “active citizens” by getting involved in their community and making Canada a better place.

The ceremony, which came in the middle of Citizenship Week, was a chance for senior students at the school to see firsthand something they might only read about, said principal Vito Colella.

It ties in with curriculum in grades 4 through 8 regarding government, geography and diversity, he said.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to see how diverse our country is,” he said.

 

30 take oath of citizenship at Hamilton Mountain school

News Oct 16, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Thirty people sang O Canada for the first time as Canadians in a central Mountain school school gym Thursday.

The new Canadians, who came from 15 different countries, took their oath of citizenship during an hour-long ceremony at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta elementary school.

The oath was administered by Gary Warner, a former professor at McMaster University and a member of the Order of Canada.

Warner, who was born in Trinidad, told the 30 candidates before taking the oath that the words have great meaning.

“I implore you to take them to heart,” he said. “These are not merely words to be repeated.”

Warner also suggested that, upon becoming Canadians, they be “active citizens” by getting involved in their community and making Canada a better place.

The ceremony, which came in the middle of Citizenship Week, was a chance for senior students at the school to see firsthand something they might only read about, said principal Vito Colella.

It ties in with curriculum in grades 4 through 8 regarding government, geography and diversity, he said.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to see how diverse our country is,” he said.