Heyliger urges naturalized citizens to become engaged citizens

POSTED: 02/23/12 2:19 PM

St. Maarten – Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger congratulates the approximately 400 people who have become naturalized citizens last week. The naturalisation ceremony took place at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in the presence of Governor drs Eugene Holiday. The 387 people hailed from 13 nationalities and were aged eight to 58. Heyliger calls on the new citizens to consider a life of service to others, staying true to their core values as citizens and family members.

“Congratulations on becoming citizens. This is the St. Maarten dream. Hundreds have taken this route in the past and continue to make a contribution to the national wellbeing of this country. Persons who take the oath have dedication and a sense of civic responsibility to the country. Immigrants have benefited from this great country of ours. Their contributions have been made and continue to be made in socio-cultural and economic sectors to name a few, and that is how we have progressed and developed over the decades as a nation. To the naturalized citizens, we look forward to you in advancing our national development as hundreds have done seeking prosperity and opportunity of country St. Maarten in the 21st century,” Heyliger states in a release.

“We look forward to you being an engaged citizen, and not only enjoy the privileges that flow from citizenship, but to serve and to give back to your country. Join social groups in our community, sign-up with your parents-teachers association, or form a community group in your neighbourhood.  We all have the tasks of making our country even better for the next generation. Remember, our differences are what make our nation’s diversity so valuable. Congratulations once again on becoming our nation’s newest citizens. May God bless you all and May God bless Country St. Maarten,” Heyliger also said on Wednesday.

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