Wherever I traveled around the world, Canada’s Iconic Maple Leaf was always worn as a badge of honour on my sleeve.
I am immensely proud of this country, I’m so proud of being Canadian. This is such a dream come true and hopefully I’ll say it many more times in my lifetime but right now in this moment, right here, I feel like I have finally made it.
From my family, and from this city, and this country I learned three very important things: looking at the world with a sense of humour, high standards in whatever you attempt in life, and above all, that you’re only as good as your word.
We’re very blessed in Canada and we’re very privileged to have our own constellation of stars, ones that we can touch and reach and it’s a very unique opportunity to thank my country and my fellow Canadians for this wonderful recognition.
Dr Roberta Bondar
It’s being Canadian that’s what inspired me to always give back and find a way to give back. And I wish Canadians could feel what I felt traveling this globe with the maple leaf on my back representing our country in such an obvious way.
I came from India I was born there, I got my citizenship more than 20 years ago now, it is my emotional commitment to Canada took longer and I think that is what it’s about, it’s not about a piece of paper it’s about an epiphany that happens one day and you realize, ‘Oh my god! I’m actually a Canadian.’
There is no way for me to articulate the joy and pride that I get from being a Canadian. This place that I come from has been nurturing, it has been kind, and the people here have a genuine interest in all aspects of life and everything it has to offer. And it shows in our society and it shows in our hearts.
Canada is a place where dreams are limitless, inspiration is infinite, it’s in the air we breathe, and also in our hearts. The first nation’s culture and roots woven into our national DNA make us friends to each other. Friends to the earth and friends to the world.
The Walk of Fame has given me and everybody in this country a reason to be inspired by celebrating so many amazing Canadians. And with that I think it also creates a really strong sense of pride about being Canadian.
I feel grateful to live in Canada, you feel the spirit & the pride that we have as Canadian.
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