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Students learn about citizenship at ceremony

Members of the Westwood Middle School’s choir with presiding Judge Albert Wong. -SONYA KIM

Members of the Westwood Middle School’s choir with presiding Judge Albert Wong. -SONYA KIM

Students at Westwood Middle School in East York got a first-hand experience of a Canadian Citizenship ceremony when 25 new Canadians were sworn in at an event in the auditorium of the school at 994 Carlaw Ave. on Monday December 4.

The event provided “an important and unique opportunity for the students to learn about civic-mindedness, celebrate Canada’s diversity, and recognize the importance of citizenship and the privileges and responsibilities that come with it,” school vice-principal Sonya Kim said in a press release.

The school’s choir performed a congratulatory song and the Canadian national anthem, classes had created artwork promoting citizenship, student guest speaker Simona Williams delivered a congratulatory speech and the entire school community bore witness to the ceremony.  Judge Albert Wong officiated at the event while a message of congratulations was also offered by the school board’s Superintendent of Education Lucy Giannotta.

“Now more than ever an inclusive and welcoming society is a beacon of hope to others around the world,” noted Ms. Kim.

“A Canadian Citizenship ceremony demonstrates that notion to students in a tangible and impactful way.”

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