Photo courtesy of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship/Institut pour la citoyenneté canadienne

Bachelor of Commerce grad among those who received Canadian citizenship during MacEwan ceremony

February 26, 2020 | Campus Life, Society
On February 14, 50 people representing 27 countries swore their oath of citizenship at MacEwan University, to officially become Canadians.

The ceremony was organized by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship/Institut pour la citoyenneté canadienne (ICC), and jointly hosted by the university’s Faculty of Health and Community Studies and Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity.

Because February is Black History Month, ICC wanted their February ceremonies to be hosted by organizations that honour the occasion “We saw that MacEwan had been doing that, and we were also impressed with the work going on in the Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity,” says Mojann Zibapour, national program officer of building citizenship/agente de programme national, Renforcer la citoyenneté at ICC. “We also like to partner with academic institutions, so all of those elements really came together and it felt like a good fit for this ceremony.”

Prior to the ceremony, citizenship candidates gathered at tables to have conversations about their journeys and aspirations as new Canadians. Those conversations were facilitated by table hosts from the MacEwan community – including staff, students and alumni.

Among the new citizens was at least one who already felt at home at MacEwan. Sunny Leung moved to Canada from Hong Kong eight years ago, as a high school student. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Commerce at MacEwan University in 2019.

“It always makes me happy to be back here and see all the awesome staff and students again. So coming here for my citizenship ceremony was amazing. It felt really special,” says Sunny. “My family actually came to Canada because they saw opportunities for a good education here. Now I feel like my journey is over. I’m home.”

Congratulations to Sunny and his fellow new Canadians!

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