Ahmed Hussen, federal immigration, refugees and citizenship minister, recently announced the appointment of 10 citizenship judges. One went to Rodney Simmons, vice-principal of Michael McGivney Catholic Academy.

The 10 individuals were selected for their embodiment of civic values and their inspirational contributions to their communities and Canada. New appointees are chosen from a list of qualified candidates who have gone through an open, transparent and merit-based selection process. Candidates for citizenship judge appointments are evaluated against the skills required by the position: judgment/analytical thinking; decision-making; effective communication; cross-cultural sensitivity; and community standing.

Citizenship judges are responsible for making decisions on some citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens. They also play an important role in promoting Canadian citizenship and civic values in their communities.

Photo: On June 30, Vice-Principal Rodney Simmons will bid farewell to his colleagues and students at Father Michael McGivney and immediately step into a new chapter of his life as a judge.