OTTAWA, Canada.- The Dominican Embassy in Canada raised, in the company of the new mayor of Ottawa, Mark Sutcliffe, the flag of the Dominican Republic in commemoration of the 179th anniversary of National Independence, celebrated on February 27.
The solemn act, which took place in the mayor’s office of the Canadian capital, was headed by Ambassador Michelle Cohen in the presence of local and federal authorities, consuls, ambassadors, and representatives of the Dominican community.
As part of the celebration of independence, the embassy -in parallel with other entities of Dominican residents here- requested the illumination of Niagara Falls with the colors of the national flag.
The activity was attended by Mayor Sutcliffe and the director for Central America of Global Affairs of Canada, Kim Cowan, who highlighted the importance of the Dominican Republic as a strategic partner in the Caribbean region.
Sutcliffe thanked “my friend Michelle Cohen” for promoting an activity that brings the DR closer to Canada, highlighting the links based on common aspects such as democracy and the functioning of a market economy. I have defined the Dominican community in Ottawa as dynamic.
For his part, Cowan stressed that the Dominican Republic is an important partner of Canada in the Caribbean in terms of tourism and is very significant in the development of mining. “We are interested in strengthening the links to have more sustainability and development in the future of bilateral relations.”
joy and resilience
“To be Dominican is to be happy, creative, lover of freedom, peace builder, tolerant, resilient. The Dominican lends a hand to those who need it and gives everything of himself for his family and closest friends,” said Ambassador Cohen in his keynote speech.
Cohen took advantage of the occasion to promote the Dominican Republic as a tourist destination like no other: “Today I want to invite you all to visit us and get to know our customs and roots more closely. I know that we will not disappoint you because you will fall in love with our land and They’ll want to come back.”
At the first flag-raising event attended by the new mayor of Ottawa, Cohen thanked President Luis Abinader for allowing him to represent the government and the Dominican country in Canada and, above all, live the opportunity to “raise and see our flag wave national.” in Canadian territory, a country with which the Dominican Republic has increasingly close relations.
“I invite all Dominicans to follow the legacy that our ancestors left us, to continue building with peace and love all those dreams that make our country proud, wherever we live, long live the Dominican Republic!” the ambassador proclaimed.