CITIZENSHIP JUDGE APPOINTMENTS
OTTAWA, July 5, 2005 — The Honourable Joe
Volpe, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today
announced the appointment of two citizenship judges.
Lawrence (Larry) Shaben is an
esteemed community and business leader in Edmonton. A
former minister for the Province of Alberta, Mr. Shaben
has served as Minister of Economic Development and
Trade, Minister of Housing and Minister of Utilities and
Telephones, and as a member of the Legislative Assembly
from 1975 to 1989. He is an active community volunteer,
serving as the current chairman of the Edmonton Council
of Muslim Communities and as a patron of the Alberta
Heritage Foundation, among other community endeavours.
Mr. Shaben was appointed a citizenship judge in
Sarkis Assadourian is a well-known
and well-respected community leader in the Greater
Toronto Area. A former member of Parliament, he is also
the former Executive Director of the Armenian Community
Centre in North York. As a member of Parliament, Mr. Assadourian
was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration and the Chairman of the
Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He
was appointed a citizenship judge in Toronto.
Citizenship judges are appointed by order-in-council
and are responsible for making decisions with regard to
applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and
administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens.
For more information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Citizenship and Immigration Canada