We are celebrating Canada Day this weekend. At work we are all wearing red shirts and will be having a barbecue to celebrate in real Canadian style. Although I can’t officially call myself “Canadian” yet, I can say my heart has adopted this wonderful country as my own. It’s been only three years since I arrived, but they have been thre great years. Canada has welcomed me and offered me so many great opportunities and experiences.
I will never forget the day that I landed as an immigrant in Canada. I had been here many times as a visitor before. This time was different, I was here to stay. I had mixed feelings: I was happy to be here to finally be with my husband (who was born and raised here) and I was sad to leave my family.
When I got off the plane and walked towards the customs and immigration area, I was tired and nervous. I didn’t know what to expect and as it’s natural, I was afraid of the unknown. I only had 2 luggage bags with me and I was holding all the paperwork. As I approached the customs booth (there was no line up), the smiling, friendly customs officer told me: “I see you’re holding your landing documents, welcome to Canada!” I could have cried right there and then as I felt overcome by emotion. I was in my new home, my new country. The immigration officer was just as friendly. I was handed an information package and then I was on my way to meet my husband.
To this day, I have only felt welcomed and I have had a lot of support from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s funded organizations that I have approached. I want to celebrate this Canada Day by being thankful for this wonderful country and the opportunities it offers its native born and adopted citizens.
I will also leave you this wonderful story of a Canadian that immigrated to this country 47 years ago. Hope you enjoy it!