Here’s a question: what does it mean to be a good citizen? Chances are that if you were to walk down the street and ask people this question the common denominator would be “making a contribution.” Canadians pride themselves on many things and this pride is well known. So much so in fact that the simple act of sewing a maple leaf on your backpack while travelling is almost guaranteed to bring smiles from new friends.
For new Canadians, the process of immigration is an often confusing journey of paperwork, travel, and learning the ins and outs of a new culture. But once the nuances of the immigration process have been taken care of the one thing that all immigrants want to do more than anything else is contribute. It’s a common thread that binds people from across the globe together; the desire for self-improvement and the betterment of the society they live in. And it’s no different with new Canadians.