It took Jean Ormiston 50 years, but she finally voted in a Canadian federal election.
The 26-year resident of Parksville says it felt good to finally vote after living in Canada for 50 years. She made her selection in Monday’s advance poll, having recently completed her citizenship process.
“I’d always felt bad about not voting in the past,” she said, adding she had always found the paperwork to become a Canadian citizen long and frustrating.
However, two years ago Ormiston — a native of the United Kingdom who always found it difficult to cross into the U.S. — decided enough was enough and started the work to become a citizen.
“The paperwork is a lot easier now than it once was,” she explained, adding she recently had her citizenship ceremony in Nanaimo with around 50 other people.
That was on April 13 — right on time to be able to vote in this year’s federal election.
“It was really very exciting,” Ormiston said of the citizenship ceremony. “And I felt really good, voting finally.”