Mayor Dr Steinberg welcomes new Canadians

Forty residents have called Canada home for some years but now they can say with pride that they are officially citizens of our beautiful country. They took the oath of citizenship at a special ceremony held by judge Barbara Seal at Hampstead’s Community Centre.
Mayor William Steinberg spoke eloquently at the citizenship ceremony; he delivered an emotionally rousing and a heartfelt and personal welcoming speech. The speech resonated with the new Canadians and was very well received.
Good morning,
I attend many events and speak at a few. I must say that this one is the most enjoyable. It was a thrill to share in the excitement this morning as you became new Canadian citizens.
Judge Barbara Seal is a good friend of mine and for years she would say to me that we should do a citizenship ceremony in Hampstead. Finally, in 2014, Hampstead’s centennial year, we did and now it is an annual event.
Hosting you is our way of saying thank you for choosing Canada.
On your way here this morning, you probably noticed that Hampstead is a beautiful and wealthy community, which it is, but what you can’t see is that many of the owners of these homes were immigrants, just like you.
My father was one. He grew up with his 5 siblings in a crowded cold-water apartment above a grocery store. He had to drop out of school to help with the store. The five brothers worked very hard and that store became an empire, the largest employer in Quebec. The secret was hard work and solid values taught to them by my grandmother. These are values that many immigrants have.
Now I have a story for the children here today. While I was lucky to be born here in Canada, my wife, Dr. Doris Steinberg. immigrated twice. First, from Poland to Israel at the age of 8. She cried during the whole trip because she was leaving all her school friends. She had to learn a new language and make new friends in Israel. Her father, an architect, worked as a manual laborer and her mother as a housekeeper. Then two years later the family came to Canada when she was just 10. She had to learn both English and French. They all had to learn new customs and skills. It was very difficult being a new immigrant again, but she and her parents worked hard and prospered and became part of the great Canadian mosaic, as I am sure all of you here this morning will, as well.
These two stories are typical of the immigrant experience. Many immigrants do very well, and I am sure all of you will as well. I was lucky to be born in Canada, but you have chosen this country. It was a wise choice. You will help build Canada as those who came before you did. I thank you. I thank you very much.