Citizenship papers go to 12 local residents

Ceremony held in Kelowna attracts unexpectedly large number of Clearwater and area people

A group of 12 Clearwater residents received their Canadian citizenship in Kelowa.

A group of 12 Clearwater residents received their Canadian citizenship in Kelowa.

Twelve Clearwater and area residents gather in front of a building in Kelowna on March 26 following a ceremony during which they became Canadian citizens.

Pictured are (back, l-r) Ben Butcher, Suzanne Butcher, Alex Butcher, Daniela Schwaiger, Joanne Ovenden, Philip Butcher, Guy Ovenden, (front, l-r) Jean Strickland, Annie Butcher, Zoe Ovenden, Luke Ovenden, and Nate Butcher.

Jean Strickland said that her husband, longtime local paster Lloyd Strickland, has had his Canadian citizenship for at least 40 years but she always held back in case they had to return to the U.S. to care for elderly parents.Photo by Liz Morrison

Below: Members of Clearwater’s Schwaiger family, (l-r) Sarah, Daniela, Andy and Tiffany, congratulate each other after becoming Canadian citizens in Kelowna on March 26. The four were among 12 area residents who received their citizenship that day.

Photos by Liz Morrison

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