Town of Oakville welcomes delegation from Japanese Sister City

Tuesday, October 04, 2011 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville welcomes delegation from Japanese Sister City

Oakville and Neyagawa Celebrate 27 Years as Sister Cities

Mayor Rob Burton, Members of Council and town staff welcomed a citizen delegation from Oakville’s sister city Neyagawa, Japan today at an official ceremony held at Town Hall. As part of a Canada-wide tour, the one-day visit to Oakville was arranged through the Neyagawa International Exchange and Friendship Association.

“It’s an honour to welcome our friends from Neyagawa. This friendship broadens our experiences and allows us to connect with other cultures to build stronger communities,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “Thanks to the twinning of Oakville and Neyagawa, we have enjoyed almost three decades of cultural exchange.”

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Neyagawa, Mayor Burton presented a glass sculpture created by local artist Chris Laskey. The delegation will hand deliver the gift and greeting to Neyagawa Mayor Baba upon their return home.

The delegation will visit downtown Oakville, the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate and the state-of-the-art Sixteen Mile Sports Complex located on Neyagawa Boulevard — the street named after Oakville’s sister city.

In 1984, the mayors of the Town of Oakville and the City of Neyagawa signed a declaration officially twinning the municipalities. Much like Oakville, Neyagawa is a predominantly residential city in close proximity to a major city. Many Neyagawa residents commute daily to Osaka for their jobs. Both municipalities have participated in numerous exchanges between city officials, business leaders, citizens, students and teachers to promote international understanding, cooperation and friendship.

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Media contact:

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca


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