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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 20, 2010 Canada’s population grew a little more on October 18 as Edward Murphy Elementary School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve played host to a citizenship ceremony, an event which marked the beginning of Canada’s Citizenship Week and welcomed nearly two dozen residents into the Canadian family.

“We extend to you, our new brothers and sisters, our best wishes for success,” said Citizenship Judge Alain Ayache, who presided over the ceremony.  “Canada is your country by choice, and that makes all of us proud as Canadians.”
Coinciding with Citizenship Week, the event was the ideal platform for the students to reflect on the value of citizenship, what it means to be Canadian, and understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

“We share a land that is not only beautiful, but great,” added EMSB Regional Director Marzia Michielli. “We have a lot to be thankful for as Canadians, we live in a place of mutual respect where we celebrate our differences. I am proud that it’s known as one of the best places in the world to live.”

Along with kind and inspiring words, the new citizens each received a hand crafted welcome card created by the students of Edward Murphy School as well as were treated to musical performances honouring Canada by the students as well as a military band.


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213