MONTREAL, MARCH 28, 2012 – Lucian Bute is no stranger to gymnasiums, but the gym at St. Dorothy Elementary School in St. Michel will forever have a special meaning as it served as the backdrop for him and 30 others as they officially took their citizenship oath as Canadians on March 26
Bute is the current International Boxing Federation Super Middleweight Champion. Originally from Romania, he now calls Montreal his home. Since making his professional debut in 2003, Bute has amassed a perfect 30-0 record with 24 knockouts. He has successfully defended his title belt nine times and will once again put it on the line on May 26, 2012 against Carl Froch in Nottingham, England. Bute made his professional debut at the Bell Centre on November 22, 2003, knocking out Robert Muhammad.
St. Dorothy students got a first-hand lesson about what it’s like to become a new Canadian citizen. In conjunction with Citizenship and Immigration Canada and with the support of Principal Daniela Lattanzio, Gaetano Sifoni, Cycle 3 teacher, Esther Gonzalez, Music teacher, Cristina Zomparelli, Cycle 2 teacher, ICT Sherron Anglin and Spiritual Animator Frank Lofeodo St. Dorothy hosted this high profile citizenship ceremony, in which a total of 31 people from 19 different countries were officially sworn in as new Canadian citizens.
The ceremony was also an extension of the Canadian Studies classes, in which students have studied Canada and have taken a mock Canadian Citizenship Test to put themselves in the place of the new Canadians. This helped them understand the importance and value of being a Canadian citizen, as well as the patience and understanding needed to be part of a global village.
The ceremony was conducted by federal citizenship judge Gilles Duguay, and those in attendance who were already citizens reaffirmed their Canadian citizenship along with the new Canadians. Each new citizen was presented with a citizenship certificate, as well as flowers and gifts from the students. Daniela Lattanzio, Principal of St. Dorothy, gave a heartfelt address on what it means to be Canadian. She reflected on the path her family experienced coming from the Italy to Canada. Following the ceremony all were entertained by the students of the Grade 3 and 4 classes, who charmed everyone with their singing of “Cantamos Juntos.”