Minister Alexander announces citizenship judge appointments in Toronto

OTTAWA, June 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced the appointment today of two part-time citizenship judges for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), effective June 13, 2014.

Judge Albert Wong, of Toronto, Ontario, has 35 years of service as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces with extensive experience at the highest levels in international peacekeeping and nation building missions. Judge Wong holds an Honours Bachelor of Science, from the University of Waterloo.

Judge Nancy Siew, of Oakville, Ontario, has extensive work experience in Canada and overseas in high-profile public relations with governments, non-governmental organizations and the diplomatic corps. She is actively involved in volunteer work in the community. Judge Siew holds a Masters Degree in social work from McGill University.

Citizenship judges are responsible for making decisions with regard to citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens.

Citizenship judges are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. New appointees are chosen from a list of qualified candidates who have gone through rigorous screening. Candidates for citizenship judge appointments are evaluated against the skills required by the position: information-seeking, judgment/analytical thinking, decision making, effective communication, cross-cultural sensitivity, and leadership.

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