Canadian citizenship for former Syrian refugees in Port Elgin

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Former Syrian refugee Saad Al Abrahim and nine of his children were sworn in as Canadian citizens in a virtual ceremony Dec. 8 that the family attended from the Port Elgin police station meeting room. The family left war-torn Syria six years ago and settled in Port Elgin, where they now live.

“It’s good to be officially Canadian.”
Less than a day after taking the oath of citizenship, along with nine of his children, Saad Al Abrahim of Port Elgin marveled at what it meant.

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“We are free to talk. We have more power – to vote, to speak to move – that’s all,” Al Abrahim said in a December 9 telephone interview, adding that the wait was long, but worth it.

The family members found a safe landing in Saugeen Shores after fleeing their war-torn country in 2016.

Their new life began with sponsorship from the Saugeen Shores Refugee Fund – launched following the global publication of a haunting photo of a Syrian child who died as his family fled – and the Mennonite Community Council with sponsorship shared with Ottawa.

Citizenship Officer John D. Scott, grandson of immigrants, told future new Canadians that citizenship comes with rights and responsibilities – the democratic right to vote, speak, work and live where they want in Canada, and be treated equally under the.

Scott said citizens must obey the law, take responsibility for their actions, vote, protect heritage and the environment, fight COVID and “be the best Canadian o

The family – which now includes a first grandson – held their right hands high and took an oath of allegiance to the Queen and to Canada, and when they heard the words of citizenship officer Michael D. Scott ” Congratulations, you are Canadian citizens,” they went wild. applause, thunders and hoots in the meeting room which had been decorated with red balloons and Canadian flags.

Scott reminded n3ww Canadians that citizenship comes with rights and responsibilities: the democratic rights to vote, speak out and live fairly. Responsibilities included upholding the law, Scott said, self-responsibility, protecting heritage and the environment, fighting COPID and rights.

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The Canadian citizenship ceremony was organized by the offices of Huron MP Bruce Ben Lobb and his constituency assistant Pat O’Connor, who said it was a “monumental” amount of work to make it happen. but “it was worth seeing their faces,” O’Connor said in a Dec. 9 phone interview. He added that citizenship paperwork is still pending for Saad’s wife and another daughter.

After reading this oath – in both official languages ​​– they became Canadians.

I swear (or affirm)
That I will be faithful
And bear true allegiance
To Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen of Canada
His heirs and successors
And that I will observe faithfully
The Laws of Canada
Including the Constitution
Who recognizes and affirms
Aboriginal and treaty rights
First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples
And do my homework
As a Canadian citizen.

Sitting in the meeting room of the Port Elgin Police Station, 10 members of the Al Abrahim family, former Syrian refugees who settled in Port Elgin six years ago, took their oath of citizenship and became proud Canadians at a virtual ceremony on December 8.
Sitting in the meeting room of the Port Elgin Police Station, 10 members of the Al Abrahim family, former Syrian refugees who settled in Port Elgin six years ago, took their oath of citizenship and became proud Canadians at a virtual ceremony on December 8.
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Former Syrian refugee Saad Al Abrahim (left) and one of his daughters watched a live broadcast of their Canadian citizenship ceremony on the 9th (second row from the top from the left) on December 8 from the hall meeting of the Port Elgin police station. Ten family members who settled in Port Elgin six years ago after fleeing war-torn Syria, have become Canadian citizens. [YouTube screen grab]