Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, recently announced the appointment of 10 citizenship judges. One of the appointments went to Rodney Simmons, vice-principal of Michael McGivney Catholic Academy.
These 10 individuals were selected for their embodiment of civic values and their inspirational contributions to their communities and to Canada. Supporting the Government of Canada’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, these individuals will play the important role of fostering a sense of belonging and attachment to Canada for aspiring and new Canadians.
Citizenship judges are responsible for making decisions on some citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens. They also play an important role in promoting Canadian citizenship and civic values in their communities.
Citizenship judges are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. New appointees are chosen from a list of qualified candidates who have gone through an open, transparent and merit-based selection process. Candidates for citizenship judge appointments are evaluated against the skills required by the position: judgment/analytical thinking; decision-making; effective communication; cross-cultural sensitivity; and community standing.
Photo: Vice-Principal Rodney Simmons Simmons will bid farewell to his colleagues and students at Father Michael McGivney on June 30, and immediately step into a new chapter of his life as a judge.