Immigrants celebrate Canada Day with pride
July 1 is celebrated as Canada Day. This year, Canadians are celebrating the 145th Canada Day. The day is marked with parades and parties, backyard BBQs and fireworks in the park. And with a display of pride in being Canadian, with flags flying from homes and faces painted red and white – in Canada’s colours.
The relationship between new immigrants and Canada is symbiotic – ever evolving and taking shape. Posters claim immigrants are the brick and mortar of our nation. And as immigrants join in the celebrations with great fervour, they wait for the day when they will also be Canadian citizens, when they will truly belong.
Citizenship judges like Raminder Gill, Kris Mohan and Harjit S. Dhaliwal are examples of how far immigrants can go in their new country. Once new immigrants themselves, they now officiate at the swearing in ceremonies of newly-minted Canadian citizens.
Appointed citizenship judge for Toronto in 2009 for a second term, Raminder Gill was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1999 to 2003. During his terms in office, he served as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities, the Minister of Labour, and to the Premier of Ontario and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. As an active member in his community, Gill hosted several town hall meetings on crime prevention and public safety, founded the Malton Cougars Soccer Club, and has been a fund-raiser for a variety of causes. An engineer by profession, Gill invented a number of environmentally friendly products. He has been a director of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of Canada, and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.
Kris Mohan was appointed as a citizenship judge for Mississauga, Ontario, in 2005. He is a registered professional engineer with 27 years of service in the nuclear energy industry working in various technical and commercial capacities. He exemplifies the values of community sharing and helping through his support of the People’s Trust Charity based in India through the Christian Children’s Fund. He has also been involved in helping new immigrants settle in Canada for the past decade and has been teaching English through the Learning Centre of Hamilton Public Library. Mohan has supported the Child Haven Charity, which helps orphans in developing countries. He has also organized technical conferences regarding global warming and contributed to Canada’s strategies to meet its Kyoto Protocol obligations.
Judge Harjit Dhaliwal, appointed in March this year, is a business owner from Mississauga and a founding member of the International Punjabi Chamber of Commerce. He is active in the community, having served as president of the Erin Mills Lions Club and a board member of the United Way of Peel Region.
Posted: Jul 4, 2012