About Sister Cities
The Town of Collingwood has established ties and relationships with three sister cities. The twinning of cities (Sister Cities) grew in popularity after WWII as people looked for ways to promote understanding between cultures. The benefits of sister city relationships are many and include:
Sister City relationships can promote understanding and appreciation through projects that build cross-cultural awareness.
Supporting Economic development
This is a more business approach to twinning with the purpose of promoting common prosperity and creating a relationship where economic and community development can be implemented and strengthened.
Encouraging Capacity-building or joint learning partnerships
Generally these relationships promote an atmosphere in which communities can creatively learn, work and solve problems together through reciprocal educational, municipal, business, professional and technical exchanges and projects.
Here's the latest news:
With the Children of Zihuatanejo,
Our Mexican Sister City
The Collingwood-Zihuatanejo Sister City Committee has been in existence since 2004. This year’s project will provide English language books and English CD’s to Case del Pacifica, a program of educational enhancement for 120 of the city’s least advantaged elementary school children.
The Sister City’s idea of ‘books for ninos’ was very enthusiastically received by contacts in Zihuatanejo, who recommended the recipient program. Casa Del Pacifica has been operating since 2001 and its graduates have begun to move on to secondary school.
English is an important asset in Mexico for further education and employment. It is taught only in the private schools whose students are from more affluent families. Casa Del Pacifica provides a chance for public school students to enhance their education including the learning of English.
Community support for the Project has been fabulous. Saunders Smart Apple Media will be the primary source of new books. CDs have been provided by Staples. Contributions of books have come from Thrive Chiropractic Clinic and several private citizens. Drew Wright will be supervising recording of the CDs. Big Brothers/Big Sisters ‘Littles” will be reading some of the books onto CDs. Wordstock welcomed our presence to publicize the Project.
The major challenge for the Project is the transportation of the books and accompanying CDs to Zihuatanejo. West Jet has offered to allow passengers going to Zihuatanejo, free of charge, 3 pieces of luggage with no more than 50lbs of books each. Now we have to find the passengers.
Shipping is very expensive so we are working to find other options to get the books into the children’s hands.
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Calling all serious guitarists! The Collingwood/Zihuatanejo Sister City Committee wants to let you know about the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival (ZIGF) in Collingwood’s Sister City Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
ZIGF is a non-profit festival held every year during the second week of March in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Its mission is to promote tourism and create a world class music event. A percentage of proceeds go towards supporting arts & culture projects in Zihuatanejo.
The Festival will be held March 4-10, 2012 and is a guitar festival for guitarists only. The invited artists are guitarists (solos, duos, and trios) specializing in any genre – flamenco, classical, blues, folk, jazz, rock, singer/songwriters – from all across the globe. The musicians receive airfare, accommodations and a week’s vacation in Zihuatanejo, but no pay.
The submission deadline is December 1, 2011. The Collingwood/Zihuatanejo Sister City wants to show off our local talent to this international audience. Check out the website for submission guidelines at http://zihuafest.adip.info/
For information about the Collingwood/Zihuatanejo Sister City Committee, contact Pam McDermid at email@example.com or Alison McGillivray at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Parks, Recreation and Culture at (705) 444-2500 ext. 3287.
In the summer of 2011, The Collingwood/Katano Sister City Committee hosted 3 Japanese students aged 16-18.
Chairperson of the Katano International Friendship Association, Yoshitaka Oku explained, "through their stay in Collingwood, the students expanded their knowledge of Collingwood and recognized the importance of the sister city relationship between the two cities. I believe that those experiences are splendid treasures for them and they will make the best use of what they learned in their future lives." The Committee found billets for the students and organized a fun-filled and educational itinerary for the young women from August 1-15 including a friendship dinner, hikes, a trip to Niagara Falls.
November 3, 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the Collingwood - Katano Sister City relationship. The Katano International Friendship Association has inquired about the possibility of sending more students to Collingwood in 2012.
Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico
Collingwood’s most recent sister city relationship was declared in 2005 with Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico. A delegation from Collingwood including former Mayor, Mr. Terry Geddes, travelled to Zihuatanejo to sign the declaration. The following year, an official group from Zihuatanejo visited. From time to time, other Collingwood citizens, including Councillors have visited Zihuatanejo and discussed various initiatives and projects. In the Spring of 2009 Collingwood citizen and musician, Drew Wright participated in the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival.
2005- sister city declaration 2005- Flag of Collingwood is raised 2005-celebration of sister cities
in Zihuatanejo relationship
Boone, North Carolina, USA
The Sister City Agreement with Boone, North Carolina was signed in October 1995. Since that time, there have been a few reciprocal visits. Band exchanges occurred in the late 1990s with the CCI Band and students from Boone. In 2004, a delegation which included former Mayor Terry Geddes, visited Boone and the following year, the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce hosted a group of approximately 20. As recently as 2006, Boone received a visit from Collingwood citizens bringing greetings and gifts from Collingwood.
Katano, Osaka, Japan
The Town of Collingwood’s longest and most established sister city relationship is with Katano, Japan. While the twinning was officially announced in 1981 when a delegation visited Collingwood from Japan, the relationship was forged in previous years by a Collingwood citizen, who was residing in Katano in the late seventies. Numerous exchanges, events and visits have taken place over the years, including those organized by the Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, the CCI Band and Rotary Clubs. Collingwood’s Friendship Gardens Park honours the Collingwood-Katano relationship and for the 20th anniversary of the twinning, a bench in the park was dedicated. In the fall of 2007, a municipal delegation including Mayor Carrier, travelled to Katano to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the twinning agreement. A delegation from Katano, including their Mayor, Jinkoh Nakata, visited as recently as the summer of 2008, to celebrate Collingwood’s sesquicentennial.
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