Golden Jubilee
The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Reign of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
In 2002, The Town of Markham, Ontario, Canada, salutes The Queen with a year of celebrations.

Golden Jubilee Kickoff

On 6 February 2002, in the Council Chambers at the Markham Civic Centre, Town CrierJohn Webster proclaimed the "Year of Celebration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee".

Judge Sigmund Reiser performed the Citizenship Ceremony. In an impassioned speech, the Judge spoke about how he immigrated to Canada and chose to become a Canadian citizen. In the Toronto area alone, people from 169 different countries now call Canada home. Click here to read the speech The Judge administered the Oath of Citizenship and gave the rest of the people in attendance the opportunity to reaffirm their citizenship in both English and French.


Following the presentation of the Certificates of Canadian Citizenship, the singing of our national anthem, and congratulatory remarks by Lloyd Robertson (CTV News host, and Officer of the Order of Canada), a Portrait of the Queen (from Rideau Hall in Ottawa) was unveiled by Mayor Don Cousens, Stewart Kellock, Captain Dennis Pritchard, Judge Reiser, John Webster and Mary Webster. The ceremony ended with the singing of God Save the Queen. A wonderful way to kick off Markham's Golden Jubilee Celebration!
(Reporting by Judi McIntyre. Village Voice)

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