Minister Kenney announces citizenship judge appointment

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Ottawa, June 4, 2012 — John Dennison has been appointed as a Citizenship Judge in Ottawa for a three-year full-time term, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. The appointment will be effective October 23, 2012.

Originally from Guyana, Mr. Dennison has 25 years of experience working on multiculturalism related issues in the Government of Canada, including at Citizenship and Immigration and Canadian Heritage. In recent years he organized the Government of Canada’s activities for Black History Month. He also holds an Award of Excellence from North American Black Historical Museum and Society Inc. for an exceptional contribution to improving awareness and appreciation of Black Canadian Heritage, in particular, the Underground Railroad in Canada.

Mr. Dennison holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Laurentian University and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Carleton University. He is currently Chairman of Cathedral Arts at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa and is a board member of the Ottawa Public Library Foundation.

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.

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For further information (media only), please contact:

Ana Curic
Minister’s Office
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

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