Let’s celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by sharing our stories about this great nation. Canada means so many different things to each of us and we want to highlight the cultural diversity and uniqueness that make Canada great. We invite you to take a few moments and share your story with us; it can be about making this nation your home or being grateful for something that many others would take for granted.
You are invited to share your story with us below.
Over the course of the year, we want to share 150 different stories! We might choose to share your story and edit it down to repost it as a feature on our blog, Facebook, Twitter. To get you thinking, beside this form is Heather’s story.
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Here is why Heather from our office loves Canada
I was born and raised in rural southwestern Ontario to a Canadian Father and an American mother. I never really thought about where I came from, it was just who I was. Learning about confederation and the last spike of the railroad that joined this nation, or about Vimy Ridge where Canada developed her national pride, was just what I learned in school.
Having aboriginal people as part of my school classes was normal.
As I grew up, I became exposed to more and more people from other places and my world view expanded. In the last five years I have had the privilege of working with people from all over the world and learning their stories and why they want to call Canada home.
The first time I attended a Citizenship ceremony, I was struck by the awesome privilege that I was given by birth. That day I chose to declare that Canada was my home by taking the Citizenship oath. Saying the words out loud made it more ‘real’ that this was MY country.
I love to travel and have many stories of experiencing many wonderful places – including most provinces in Canada but there really is no place like home. There are too many places that have warm spots in my heart to choose a favourite. Seeing Moraine Lake Alberta reflect the magnificent Rockies on a cool September morning, sitting by a campfire in Algonquin Park and being surrounded by the beady eyes of racoons (hey, not all experiences are comfort inducing!), skating the length of the Rideau Canal, walking on the ocean floor during low tide at the Bay of Fundy… may make the short list. However, they all remind me of what an amazing place I get to call home.
As Canada celebrates 150 years, there are a lot of darker patches to our history that we need to own and bring into the light but this is an amazing land and I pray that God will always keep our land, glorious and free. -Heather
Here are some Canada 150 Feature Stories
Every family that migrates to Canada has many reasons for doing so, but none of those reasons are readily understood by a young child leaving all he knows behind. Questions will always loom for a growing mind that tries to comprehend why such a move was necessary. Such was my struggle when my parents first came to […]
My mom was born in Holland in 1947. She was born to my grandparents late in life. They already had 2 boys who were 15 & 17 years older than her. My mom’s brothers were the perfect age for the upcoming war & her parents didn’t want them to go through what her father had […]
Congratulations Lorraine – our Heather’s mom, on becoming a Canadian Citizen! Lorraine was born in The United States as a US citizen. Fifty years ago, she married Heather’s dad, a Canadian. Last week, after 4 months of working with us to process her, she became a Canadian citizen at 70+ years. Let’s celebrate Canada’s 150th […]
There are so many reasons why I love Canada that it’s hard to list all of them. By accepting my family as refugees, Canada provided us with a safe haven and a second chance to have a life. Canada’s kindness and compassion made me feel human again. Because of that, I vowed to make the very best of […]
I was born and raised in the Middle East. My parents are very diligent people who strive to contribute to the world and society. After they left Lebanon, they worked very hard to give my siblings and me a good life. Growing up, I loved to travel and visit new places. As a child, I […]
Though born in a land across the sea, I was blessed to be born to Canadian parents. I guess you could say for many years of my childhood I took my citizenship for granted; I enjoyed the benefits of carrying my Canadian heritage without appreciating its value. Everywhere I traveled, people (and countries) would open […]
I grew up in communist Romania and after that regime ended the country became more and more corrupt. Back in 2005, the idea of moving to Canada was very appealing. I started reading about Canada with high interest. It looked like a safe place to be and it ranked at that time as the 13th […]
Let’s celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by sharing our stories about this great nation. Canada means so many different things to each of us and we want to highlight the cultural diversity and uniqueness that make Canada great. We invite you to take a few moments and share your story with us; it can be […]