Editor: Last Thursday was one of the most memorable days in my life. On October 24, 2013, at 11 a.m., I became an official Canadian citizen. I thank my family, especially my father who was the one that had this crazy idea of moving out to Canada, and God, who are always with me, for where I am today.
Thinking back through the times of living here, becoming a Canadian is hard work and I am sure that I speak for many people. On top of being alone in a foreign place with no friends and relatives, other challenges such as language learning and making a living can also be unbearable at times.
“Immigrants had it rough,” as John Newman said in his letter to the editor just this past Monday. I think that it is indeed a rough path. However, the things that are beyond the wait are well worth it.
Canada is one of the most enriched places on Earth. Similar to the Europeans and all the immigrants before, one of the main reasons for being here is to find a new life. A new life where there can be a better living and a new life where all are able to be equal.
So next time, when coming across a newcomer, remind yourself of your great-great-grandparents, and give them a pat on the shoulder or a welcome gesture. We are all the same . . . some people just came a bit earlier and others came a bit later.