Gilbert Ngabo loves being a Canadian citizen.
For him being a Canadian citizen is something special and unique.
He knows Canada is a great place to live in, a great place to enjoy the wonders of nature.
A great place because of its freedoms Canadians enjoy.
But let’s face it – for most of us we don’t often think about the value of being a Canadian citizen.
We just accept it as a given.
And as a rule that only changes when Canada is in a crisis or the world or parts of it are in a crisis.
That’s when we realize how special it is to be a Canadian citizen.
Gilbert Ngabo originally is from Rwanda.
Affectionately he is known as the skinny kid from rural Rwanda.
He dared to dream.
And today his dream is reality – he is now a Canadian citizen.
And not only that – but he also is a reporter at The Toronto Star.
And he is passionate about being a Canadian.
“I grew up in the rural parts of Rwanda, where running water and electricity were nonexistent and access to education and health care was only reserved to a privileged few. People like me seldom dared to dream of any future, let alone a bright one.
“Me, the skinny kid from a decrepit subsistence farmland near the Tanzanian border, now a Canadian citizen.
“My father once bought me a T-shirt with the words “Canadian Tire” emblazoned on its front. I had no idea what they meant. Nor did I know how to pronounce them.
“I didn’t learn to speak the language I now work in as a journalist until much later, in high school and university.”
So let us not forget the privilege of being a Canadian citizen.
And cherish and treasure it.
Ngabo reminds us all about the value of being a Canadian citizen.