14th Australian Citizenship Ceremony

14th Australian Citizenship Ceremony to celebrate Citizenship Week
 
Citizenship is a common bond which unites all Australians, whether they are Australia’s traditional inhabitants, first generation migrants or the descendants of earlier settlers. Our rich heritage stems from the contributions made by all of us.
 
Acquiring Australian citizenship enables those doing so to participate fully in our inclusive society, realise aspirations and achieve their full potential, regardless of their race, background, gender, religion, language or place of birth.
 
Eddie Lei, WAMCI Citizenship Committee Chair was born in Taiwan and now an Australian citizen. “Taking the pledge to become a citizen of Australia was one of the happiest days of my life” Eddie shared while reflecting that: “Australian citizenship is also about making a contribution.”
 
Lewis Lee OAM was the Master of Ceremonies. He is the WAMCI Life Honorary Advisor and is also under his guidance for this Citizenship Ceremony. This was the 14th Australian Citizenship Ceremony hosted by WAMCI at Robertson Gardens on Saturday, 27 August 2016 to celebrate Citizenship Week. Melody Chen (WAMCI Life Honorary President) was the Host representing World Arts & Multi-Culture Inc.
 
Mr. Graham Perrett MP, Federal Member for Moreton was the Presiding Officer over the event and joined by other official party/VIP Guests like Mr. Duncan Pegg MP (State Member for Stretton); Cr. Kim Marx (Councillor for Runcorn Ward); Flight Lieutenant Adam Lo, Executive, Australians of Chinese Heritage War Memorial Committee; Superintendent Paul Ziebarth (Queensland Police Service); Surendra Prasad OAM (Chairman, Australians of Indian Heritage War Memorial) and others.
 
The Robertson Gardens Australian Citizenship Ceremony saw 82 candidates from 34 diverse countries including Britain, Belarus, China, Colombia, Congo, Denmark, Fiji, France, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Kuwait, Lao, Malawi, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Somalia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam took formal allegiance to Australia.
 
Eddie Lei said “As Australian, I am a member of a community which is democratic and in which everyone has equal rights and freedom of opportunity.”
 

This event was supported by the Lord Mayor's Suburban Initiative Fund & Cr. Steven Huang.