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Local Girl Guides take Canadian citizenship oath
Amidst the patriotic zeal of the Olympic Winter Games this week, nearly 150 Chilliwack Girl Guides converged on the Cultus Lake community school gym Tuesday to take the Canadian citizenship oath.
Standing with right hands raised, Sparks, Brownies, Pathfinders, Rangers and a few adults, swore (or affirmed) allegiance to the Queen and promised to faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill their duties as Canadian citizens.
“I think that everybody should have to do the promise or the oath,” said 14-year-old Pathfinder Jordan Goodfellow, who organized the event. “Other immigrants, they have to do it, and if we don't do it, it's like we're just kind of here.”
The G.W. Graham Grade 9 student started planning the event, complete with a Canada cake and female guest speakers from Canada Border Services, the RCMP and the Canadian Forces since September to meet one of the requirements for her Canada Cord.
The pin is awarded to third-year Pathfinders like Goodfellow for completing 15 hours of community service, leading a camping trip and organizing a bridging activity that brings different levels of Guides to together.
Last Tuesday's event was Goodfellow's bridging activity.
“Being Canadians, we all share the same values, the same rights and responsibilities,” she told her fellow Guides. “People from all over the world want to live here and become Canadian citizens because they know they will be welcomed here and it is safe here. We live in a democratic society and we have individual rights and freedoms...I encourage all of you as you repeat the words, to actually pay attention to the words and think about what you are promising as a citizen of this great country.”