In 2012 Monika Huizenga stated that one of her goals was to become a Canadian citizen. Since that time, we have been assisting Monika achieve her goal, surmounting several obstacles with Monika’s encouragement and insistence.
When I discussed her goal with her she stated that she wanted to be an “official” Canadian because she had lived here since she was just one year old after immigrating with her family from Bangladesh. Monika said she loved Canada and feels safe and proud to call it her country. Monika’s family are very happy for her.
Monika was elated to finally take part in the Citizenship Ceremony on February 21, 2017. We travelled to Scarborough to attend the ceremony at 8:30am, and Monika had been up and eagerly waiting to go at 5:30am filled with anticipation. When I picked her up she said, “This is my big day!”.
Monika smiled throughout the ceremony and beamed with pride. She had been practicing reciting the oath for a few weeks and when the time arrived, she repeated it with dignity and perfection. At the closing of the ceremony, as Monika waved her Canadian flag, her voice rang out distinctly as she sang Oh Canada. Congratulations Monika!!!!!