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Ottawa, Jan 19 (Canadian-Media): Oath of citizenship was taken by 20 families from 20 countries Saturday Jan 18 in a special citizenship ceremony -- an important step in the immigration and settlement process for newcomers to Canada -- organized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in partnership with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, ahead of the hockey game between the Senators and the visiting Calgary Flames, media reports said.
Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Image credit: Twitter handle
Being delighted to once again partner with the Ottawa Senators for this special citizenship ceremony, Marco E.L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship said Hockey is an integral part of Canadian culture, in bringing people together and creating a sense of community and added,
"I encourage all Canadians to demonstrate active citizenship by seeking out opportunities to support and enrich their community.”
Following this special ceremony, the game was opened by the new citizens with the singing of the national anthem, accompanied by the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Ismail Ayyoub, who became a Canadian citizen a year ago at a similar special ceremony with the Ottawa Senators attended the ceremony as a special guest.
In the past year, Ismail has excelled in the sport of wrestling, and had brought home the gold medal for Canada at the Pan American Games in Mexico.
As a true personification of an active citizen of Canada, Ismail mentors younger wrestlers and encourages others to get involved in their communities.
“I really enjoy coaching and mentoring younger wrestlers...I’m fortunate to be able to travel around the world and be exposed to new styles of wrestling...to bring back to my fellow teammates, so we can grow together. To know that I’m helping others the way people have helped me is an amazing feeling,” said Ismail Ayyoub, new Canadian and Pan American Games champion.