President Ivanov visits Macedonian community in Markham, Canada
Monday, 22 April 2013


 President Gjorge Ivanov attended inauguration ceremony of three streets named "Bitola," "Pelister" and "Dame Gruev" in honour to Macedonian community in the city of Markham in Canada.

Previously, Ivanov attended a ceremony of raising the Macedonian flag in front of civic centre of Markham community followed by Canada and Macedonia anthems playing.

There is a essential similarity and it is commitment to multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual coexistence of all citizens. Macedonia and Canada are committed to model of integration without assimilation. Model which is present here in Markham, enabling the Macedonians from diaspora to maintain, build and improve Macedonian tradition, language and culture, Ivanov said addressing more than 100 representatives of the Macedonian community and city's officials.

You are part of Macedonia as Macedonia is unbreakable part of its diaspora. I encourage you to continue to contribute to this beautiful place and to keep positive image for our common homeland Macedonia, Ivanov said.

In the frames of the ceremony, Macedonian Ambassador to Canada Ljuben Tevdovski and Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ontari Michael Chen signed memorandum on cooperation in the sphere of culture and tourism between the Republic of Macedonia and Ontario province.

Earlier, Ivanov visited Markham Stouffville Hospital.

Ivanov also attended Sunday morning religious service in "St. Dimitrija Solunski" church led by Metropolitan Metodij of the American-Canadian Macedonian Orthodox Diocese.

On Monday, Ivanov leaves for Ottawa to meet President of the Macedonian-Canadian Friendship Group in the Parliament of Canada, Vladislav Lizon and group's members. A reception in the National Arts Centre is to be organised in honour to President Ivanov.


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