Fifty new citizens were welcomed to Canada during a ceremony in Calgary on Wednesday.
Tasneem Rahim, a volunteer with Ismaili Jamatkhana, said the group of new Canadians was brought together with other members of the community to talk about what it means to be Canadian.
“We talk about fairness, diversity and equity, so we really start that conversation with what aligns to our values, we think about compassion and care, we look at what it means to be Canadian and the security we offer,” said Rahim “We talk about why diversity is so important and what really defines resilient communities, which is pluralism, strength and community.”
Co-founders and co-chairs of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson, John Ralston Saul, Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Fauzia Lalani, president of the Ismaili Council for the Prairies, addressed the new Canadians.
Lalani said she was honoured to be part of the ceremony and congratulated all the new Canadians on their citizenships.
“This initiative demonstrates and reflects our shared values of unity, openness, and pluralism,” said Lalani. “We are honoured to partner with Institute for Canadian Citizenship to host this community ceremony to welcome new citizens to our country.”