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Iranian By Birth, Canadian By Choice

March 27th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Today, 27 March 2009 1:34 pm Eastern time, was a special moment and I will secretly admit an emotional day. Today, I whispered the national anthem of a country that warmly welcomed me three years ago and brought me everything that I’ve ever wanted in my life: P-E-A-C-E.

Today,I finally became Canadian along with 75 other people from 36 countries around the globe. A phenomenon that only happens in Canada!

I think the best course of action might be for me to indicate that I love this country and its peaceful people. I love its strong and free land. I don’t know Mathew, Emma or Ethan , but I am positive if they’re Canadians , two of them are nice people if not all! Let’s face it ,no society is perfect , but my observation (What touches my heart the deepest) is that Canadians as a nation are far more sensitive to the needs of the people who are in need. My observation tells me that they have so much interest, tolerance and respect towards other cultures and religions which has led  them to the development of an open-minded way of living and thinking!

While I have always been proud of my background which dates back to thousand of years, I feel privileged and enormously thankful to have been allowed to spend the rest of my life in Canada. I chose Canada as my second home and I decided to pull my foot out of my mouth and keep trying to integrate myself into a wider society where the term”my people” potentially can be associated with anyone from any part of the world. Today, I am so glad that I made such a decision to immigrate to Canada 8 years ago (It took 4 years to get the immigration visa!).

Canada has made me want to learn more about its culture, history, and why Canada is Canada. I would love to spread the word to people like myself about why Canada is such a great place to live in. Canada truly is a diverse country where no one is judged by the color of their skin , eyes or hair, but by the content of their character and their integrity.

That’s why I am a proud Canadian!


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  1. March 28th, 2009 at 02:52 | #1

    congrats!!! great news!!! I’m a military brat, and have huge respect for culture and ‘home’. I can only imagine how proud you must be! Best of luck, for both you and your future generations.

  2. Reza Alirezaei
    March 28th, 2009 at 02:56 | #2

    @Rich Finn
    Thanks man!I really appreciate your kind words!

  3. Sam
    March 28th, 2009 at 07:40 | #3

    Congratulations Reza – you are a wonderful example of immigration at its finest. I wish you all the best as both a fellow Canadian and SharePoint geek!

  4. March 28th, 2009 at 09:03 | #4

    Congrats Reza! I feel the same way about Canada.

  5. Hugh
    March 28th, 2009 at 10:39 | #5


    Congratulations man! not sure if you remember me , but I’ve been to some of your presentations in Toronot. You are an intelligent and awesome guy – you for sure desrve the best!

  6. March 28th, 2009 at 11:54 | #6


  7. Someone
    March 28th, 2009 at 13:01 | #7

    open your eyes mate! They want immigrants only to throw their energy and weight into the development of their country and doing sedentary jobs so they can stay on the top and basically telling you what to do. That’s why people like you have been allowed to enter thier land. What are you proud of?!!!!

  8. March 28th, 2009 at 19:07 | #8


  9. April 1st, 2009 at 01:45 | #9

    Congratulation. You need to ignore people like “someone”. Very exciting for you! I’m a U.S. by birth and welcome you as a true North American. 🙂

  10. April 1st, 2009 at 01:46 | #10

    Congratulations. You need to ignore people like “someone”. Very exciting for you! I’m a U.S. citizen by birth and welcome you as a true North American.

  11. Navid Zamini
    April 8th, 2009 at 15:36 | #11

    Congratulation Reza,
    I hope to see you higher day after day in your career and happier in your personal life.

    God bless you

  12. April 13th, 2009 at 12:40 | #12


    Congrats Reza! Wishing you all the best from Bermuda. C.

  13. Poorang
    April 29th, 2009 at 00:35 | #13

    Hi mate,
    great congrats. Wish u all the best in your future. Although I’ve just found your blog, I hope to be able to communicate more.
    Just one note about your qoute :”A phenomenon that only happens in Canada!”
    It is happening here in Australia too 😉


  14. Reza Alirezaei
    April 29th, 2009 at 10:41 | #14

    Hi Poorang

    What you just said about Australia is very TRUE. Thanks for the heads up!

  15. sarbjit singh
    April 29th, 2009 at 20:58 | #15

    Happy for your Reza.

    Rock ON!

  16. March 29th, 2010 at 14:30 | #16

    Hi Reza

    Belated congrats from a fellow Canadian Tire employee and a ‘Permanent Resident’ who has not been here long enough to take the oath yet !



  17. Reza Alirezaei
    April 10th, 2010 at 12:48 | #17

    Thanks Jed and sarbjit for kind words!

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