Monday, February 26, 2024

Federation Council celebrates 25 years of Miki City sistership

Federation Council has celebrated its 25 year sister city friendship with Miki City in Japan.

At Council’s October meeting, a gift exchange took place to mark the special milestone year for the Miki-Federation Sister City Program.

Federation Council Mayor, Pat Bourke said there have been many positive outcomes from the Miki City visits and communications over the last 25 years

“Awareness and education of each of our cultures has been invaluable, with some students continuing on to study and work influenced by the experience,” he said.

“Some truly special friendships have developed, including personal trips to visit one another. Some fantastic times and special memories sharing new experiences together. Covid is another chapter in the Miki-Federation sister city history journey. With no travel between our wonderful countries in 2021 and 2022, instead, despite the challenges we have been able to share special messages and gifts showing our commitment and appreciation of such a valued friendship.”

Miki City presented Federation Council with a 25 year anniversary celebratory gift created by artist Mitsumi Ishida, a clock in the form of a dwarf azalea flower, marking the passage of time for our eternal friendship.

Federation Council also presented Miki City with a limited edition print ‘Summer Breeze’ from local artist Christine Upton of the Wacky Bird Gallery.

The relationship between Miki City and Federation Council continues to grow and strengthen, particularly due to the continued support of the Federation Council Miki City Volunteer Committee, who are looking forward to the next time they can be together in person to create many more special memories and to progress joint initiatives, the Mayor said.

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