Last week I celebrated my first Canada Day as mayor of Mississauga, with residents from neighbourhoods throughout our city. Thank you to all Mississaugans who took part in the 148th anniversary of our country’s founding. It was a memorable experience for everyone involved.

I joined Councillors Jim Tovey and Karen Ras for the Paint the Town Red parade in Port Credit; cut a Canada Day cake in the Living Arts Centre with Councillor John Kovac; enjoyed celebrated musical performances in Malton with Councillor Parrish; and attended festivities at the new Streetsville Square with Councillor Carlson.

MPs and MPPs also joined us at Celebration Square for festivities. Together, we undertook our Oath of Citizenship and reaffirmed our patriotism and commitment to unwavering Canadian values.

We capped off the night with 40,000 friends for a memorable performance by Kardinal Offishal, then watched as the night sky lit up with a beautiful symphony of fireworks.

As I reflect on Canada Day, it was truly a busy day, and I cherished every moment of it.

No matter where you chose to celebrate, a lot of planning and commitment goes into ensuring Canada Day festivities run smoothly and safely each year. I want to thank the tremendous volunteers, City of Mississauga staff, and BIA leadership, for all their careful planning and organizing.

Canada Day is an opportunity to remember and reflect on how truly blessed we are to call Canada home. Ours is a nation home to communities that invite and encourage people, of all backgrounds, to earn an education, raise a family, start a business, and pursue their dreams to the fullest.