About 100 people gathered at Bronte Creek Provincial Park recently, to witness and help celebrate as 30 people became Canadian citizens.
The ceremonies on May 10th mark the first time an Ontario provincial park has played host to a citizenship ceremony.
The weather was perfect as Judge Robert Morrow, of Hamilton, administered the Oath of Citizenship and two students from a local public school moved some to tears as they told the audience what being Canadian means to them.
The event’s co-sponsor the Halton Multicultural Council served up cake, strawberries and refreshments and afterwards, Bronte Creek’s Natural Heritage Education staff conducted tours of Spruce Lane Farm and the Trillium Trail.
The new citizens came to Canada from more than 20 countries, including India, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Poland, Romania, Jamaica and England. In addition to their cherished citizenship papers, each of them received an Ontario Parks Guide, a Bronte Creek Information guide, a small bottle of Bronte Creek Maple Syrup and a complimentary 2006 pass to Bronte Creek Provincial Park.