News Release – Fifty new Canadians receive their citizenship at Toronto Paramedic Services headquarters today

Fifty new Canadians receive their citizenship at Toronto Paramedic Services headquarters today

Citizenship Judge Ruth Klein granted Canadian citizenship to 50 new Canadians at a Citizenship and Immigration Canada ceremony this morning at Toronto Paramedic Services headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St.

More than 100 guests in attendance saw the Toronto Paramedic Service Honour Guard escort Chief Paul Raftis, his senior team and Judge Klein to the podium to begin the 45-minute ceremony.

“Canadian citizenship is a privilege to hold,” said Chief Raftis. “It is also a privilege for me to serve as the Chief of Toronto Paramedic Services and to lead our outstanding team of paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and operational support staff, all of whom provide world-class emergency medical care in the community.

“Citizenship ceremonies are a unique part of Canadian civic life,” said Judge Klein. “It is one of the few occasions when we formally reflect on the rights, responsibilities and benefits of being a Canadian citizen. I thank Chief Raftis for showing his support to new Canadians each year by hosting this ceremony”…

…Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games…

Want to read even more? City of Toronto to celebrate immigrants at first Newcomer Day:

The City of Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Newcomer Leadership Table – made up of representatives from Canada’s three orders of government, community agencies, school boards, health and other sectors – will host the first annual Newcomer Day in Toronto as a way of welcoming newcomers and acknowledging their contributions to Toronto.

h/t Marvin