Dreams Fulfilled at College

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 9:42 a.m. September 1, 2016

Many dreams have been fulfilled at the Toronto Police College where parking, court and police officer training takes place and graduations are held.

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Mary Ofosu and her son Aureliou, 3, are congratulated by Superintendent Peter Lennox and Staff Superintendent Peter Yuen

Mary Ofosu fulfilled a different, but equally important, dream, becoming a Canadian citizen among 60 others as part of a citizenship ceremony August 30.

“This is a big day and one which I was looking forward to for the last two years when I could say I am Canadian,” said the married mother, who reunited with her husband in Canada after emigrating from Ghana. “Most people have dreams that never come true. I am fortunate in that my dream was fulfilled.”

This was the second time that the College hosted a citizenship ceremony.

“Certainly, this is a proud day for me and our organization,” said Superintendent Peter Lennox, the college’s unit commander. “If I started walking now, I would reach the place where I was born in a couple of hours. I know I am part of a small community. It was exciting to be part of something that was never part of my life. The police is an integral part of the community and what we have done here, today, demonstrates that we are an approachable segment of that community.”

Acting Deputy Chief Richard Stubbings welcomed the new Canadians and urged them to consider developing a relationship with the Toronto Police Service.

“We encourage you to become part of our police service and you can do so by volunteering as we have many of those opportunities,” he said. “…You are part of making Toronto a safe place to be. We need you and we want to work with you. Also, never feel intimidated to approach one of our officers. There is nothing you cannot ask a police officer.”

Etobicoke-Lakeshore Member of Parliament James Maloney reminded the newcomers that immigrants shaped Canada over many generations.

“People coming from around the world have helped make this country what it is today,” he said. “I have no doubt you will continue to make Canada even stronger… Like many who have come to Canada before you, you have made enormous sacrifices so that you, your children and future generations, could know the unique freedoms and opportunity that come with being Canadian. You have chosen to make Canada your home because of the values it holds dear.”

Citizenship judge Albert Wong, who migrated from Malaysia in 1971 and enjoyed a 38-year career with the Royal Canadian Navy, presided over the citizenship ceremony.

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Devinder Hayatpur accepts her citizenship certificate from Judge Albert Wong as MP James Maloney looks on

“I recognize it took hard work and determination for you to reach here today,” he said. “For some, the journey has been relatively easy while, for others, it has been more difficult and you had to overcome obstacles while adjusting to living in a new environment. Learning how things are done, here in Canada, can sometimes be challenging and confusing, especially when working in a new language. How you came to Canada and how you chose to become a Canadian citizen will now add to the mosaic that makes this country so attractive to all of us.”

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