When Sweeny Karande was in her nursing program in India, her teacher presented her with an award as the best outgoing student.
"This is just the beginning," her teacher said. "You can't stop here."
Karande took those words to heart.
The next nine years were full of new beginnings as she journeyed from India to Ontario to Nova Scotia and then the Northwest Territories, where she now works full time as a registered nurse.
There was another new beginning this Canada Day: Karande joined 18 others in swearing the oath to become a Canadian citizen.