Citizenship awarding ceremony to be held at Riverdale High

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Judge Veronica Johnson will emphasize Black History Month

Citizenship Judge Veronica Johnson swearing in new citizens at a ceremony held last year at Riverdale High School. A similar ceremony will be held on Feb. 28. Photo by François Lemieux.

As Black History Month comes to a close on Feb. 28, Canadian Citizenship Judge and Dollard des Ormeaux resident Veronica Johnson who is the former chairperson of the West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA) will grant citizenship to over 40 permanent residents at a ceremony held at Riverdale High School in Pierrefonds.

A similar ceremony was held last year but 300 Riverdale Grade 7 and 8 students will be attending this year. Of course, emphasis will be put on the fact that it is Black History Month by Johnson and members of WIBCA during the ceremony.

"February is Black History Month so as we did last year, we will have a collaborative effort between the school which is a community learning centre housing diverse groups from all different cultural backgrounds including WIBCA. Because it's Black History Month, we will highlight in some way achievements and accomplishments of Blacks within the society," said Johnson.

Organizations: West Island Black Community Association, Riverdale High School

Geographic location: Pierrefonds

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