New Canadians take citizenship oath in Stoney Creek

News May 19, 2017 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

They came from Kerala, one of India’s hottest tropical states, but after six years in Canada, they’re loving the snowy winters.

Dad Silvester Suraj Kattunilath Stanley, wife and mother Shiji Silvester Suraj, daughter Ishitha Maria Suraj, 9, and son Jethniel Anton Stanley, 2, are now full-fledged Canadian citizens after taking the oath of citizenship May 19 at the former Stoney Creek City Hall.

“This is a proud day for us,” said Kattunilath Stanley.

After settling in Brampton, family members moved to Hamilton two years years ago and purchased a home in the Rymal Road area.

“Canada is a beautiful place,” said Kattunilath Stanley. “We heard about Canada and we ended up here.”

Like many immigrants who came before them, the family members have overcome a few obstacles to successfully adapt to Canadian life.

Kattunilath Stanley, who works at the Ford plant in Oakville, said the hot housing market made it tough for the family to buy a home.

“The market is not easy to buy a home for a new Canadian. Hamilton was easier for us to manage our budget,” he said.

After coming to Canada on a trial basis and becoming permanent residents, Kattunilath Stanley said family members felt it was important to gain full Canadian citizenship.

“Our family is growing,” he said. “We have two kids, and he’s already a Canadian citizen,” pointing to son, Jethniel. “His birth was here.”

Another obstacle for the family is that they have no immediate family members in Canada, other than a cousin who was also present at the ceremony.

“That’s the struggle we are facing. But we are feeling happy,” said Kattunilath Stanley.

Thirty new Canadians in total affirmed their citizenship in the May 19 ceremony. The event was held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Citizenship Judge Ted Salci noted Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, came to Canada as a Scottish immigrant at age five. Salci’s parents and grandparents also entered Canada as immigrants with little in their pockets, but with big dreams for the future.

“And now you too will share that same experience and opportunity as Canadians,” Salci told the new Canadians.

New Canadians take citizenship oath in Stoney Creek

News May 19, 2017 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

They came from Kerala, one of India’s hottest tropical states, but after six years in Canada, they’re loving the snowy winters.

Dad Silvester Suraj Kattunilath Stanley, wife and mother Shiji Silvester Suraj, daughter Ishitha Maria Suraj, 9, and son Jethniel Anton Stanley, 2, are now full-fledged Canadian citizens after taking the oath of citizenship May 19 at the former Stoney Creek City Hall.

“This is a proud day for us,” said Kattunilath Stanley.

After settling in Brampton, family members moved to Hamilton two years years ago and purchased a home in the Rymal Road area.

“Canada is a beautiful place,” said Kattunilath Stanley. “We heard about Canada and we ended up here.”

Like many immigrants who came before them, the family members have overcome a few obstacles to successfully adapt to Canadian life.

Kattunilath Stanley, who works at the Ford plant in Oakville, said the hot housing market made it tough for the family to buy a home.

“The market is not easy to buy a home for a new Canadian. Hamilton was easier for us to manage our budget,” he said.

After coming to Canada on a trial basis and becoming permanent residents, Kattunilath Stanley said family members felt it was important to gain full Canadian citizenship.

“Our family is growing,” he said. “We have two kids, and he’s already a Canadian citizen,” pointing to son, Jethniel. “His birth was here.”

Another obstacle for the family is that they have no immediate family members in Canada, other than a cousin who was also present at the ceremony.

“That’s the struggle we are facing. But we are feeling happy,” said Kattunilath Stanley.

Thirty new Canadians in total affirmed their citizenship in the May 19 ceremony. The event was held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Citizenship Judge Ted Salci noted Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, came to Canada as a Scottish immigrant at age five. Salci’s parents and grandparents also entered Canada as immigrants with little in their pockets, but with big dreams for the future.

“And now you too will share that same experience and opportunity as Canadians,” Salci told the new Canadians.

New Canadians take citizenship oath in Stoney Creek

News May 19, 2017 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

They came from Kerala, one of India’s hottest tropical states, but after six years in Canada, they’re loving the snowy winters.

Dad Silvester Suraj Kattunilath Stanley, wife and mother Shiji Silvester Suraj, daughter Ishitha Maria Suraj, 9, and son Jethniel Anton Stanley, 2, are now full-fledged Canadian citizens after taking the oath of citizenship May 19 at the former Stoney Creek City Hall.

“This is a proud day for us,” said Kattunilath Stanley.

After settling in Brampton, family members moved to Hamilton two years years ago and purchased a home in the Rymal Road area.

“Canada is a beautiful place,” said Kattunilath Stanley. “We heard about Canada and we ended up here.”

Like many immigrants who came before them, the family members have overcome a few obstacles to successfully adapt to Canadian life.

Kattunilath Stanley, who works at the Ford plant in Oakville, said the hot housing market made it tough for the family to buy a home.

“The market is not easy to buy a home for a new Canadian. Hamilton was easier for us to manage our budget,” he said.

After coming to Canada on a trial basis and becoming permanent residents, Kattunilath Stanley said family members felt it was important to gain full Canadian citizenship.

“Our family is growing,” he said. “We have two kids, and he’s already a Canadian citizen,” pointing to son, Jethniel. “His birth was here.”

Another obstacle for the family is that they have no immediate family members in Canada, other than a cousin who was also present at the ceremony.

“That’s the struggle we are facing. But we are feeling happy,” said Kattunilath Stanley.

Thirty new Canadians in total affirmed their citizenship in the May 19 ceremony. The event was held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Citizenship Judge Ted Salci noted Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, came to Canada as a Scottish immigrant at age five. Salci’s parents and grandparents also entered Canada as immigrants with little in their pockets, but with big dreams for the future.

“And now you too will share that same experience and opportunity as Canadians,” Salci told the new Canadians.