Mississauga Friendship Association

Twin City with Kariya, Japan

Urgent Need for Host Families

One of the key activities of the MFA is facilitating a homestay program for a few days each summer for ten citizen delegates from Kariya.

There is currently an URGENT need for host families to continue this program.  

Canada Day with the delegation from Kariya.

Hosting is a great way to learn about Japanese culture, make a new friend and help promote Mississauga and Canada. Host families must be able to provide a bedroom for approximately 5 nights, transportation, either by car or bus, to various activities and be willing to take your guest on an outing on the “free day.”

This year the delegation willJapanese delegate with hosts. arrive July 6 and depart on July 11.

Host families are not paid but do receive a number of benefits including various lunches, dinners and an expenses paid trip to Niagara Falls. Please consider hosting so we can continue to provide this activity to our sister city citizens.




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Kariya Delegates are Coming!


The 2015 Kariya Delegation will be arriving on June 27 and staying until July 2. Events open to all members are listed below. We hope to see you there!

Saturday June 27 (5:30pm-6:30pm)
Meet and greet at the Mississauga Civic Centre

Monday June 29 (9:00am-9:00pm)
Day trip to Niagara Falls ($75pp)

Tuesday June 30 (9:30am-10:30am)
Walk through Rattray Marsh

Tuesday June 30 (5:00pm-9:00pm)
Farewell BBQ at Ron Starr’s house ($15pp)

Wednesday July 1 (12:30pm-2:30pm)
Lunch at Trio Restaurant ($20pp)

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Mississauga Delegation to Kariya 2015

May Delegation

Ten MFA members recently finished a very successful delegation to Kariya back in May. Aside from seeing old friends and meeting new faces, all the delegates were able to experience a Japanese homestay with local host families.

Some highlights include visiting the iris conservation area, a tour of Mississauga Park and the planetarium, a day trip to Kyoto visiting the Golden Pavilion, the Fushimi Inari Shrine, receiving a meditation lesson at Ryougonji Temple and witnessing the Sumo Club of Kariya practice. The cultural event held at the International Centre was also a great success.

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May Delegation May Delegation

On behalf of the MFA, we would like to thank everyone for the hospitality our delegates received in Kariya. For more highlights, please check out the Spring 2015 Edition of our MFA newsletter. Until next time!

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KKHS Visit to Mississauga

The MFA had a very busy week hosting 12 students and two teachers from Kariya Kita High School. Starting with their arrival last Friday evening, it was non-stop activities for the next several days. Early Saturday morning the students took the subway to Toronto. They then split into three groups to visit the ROM, AGO and Casa Loma respectively. After joining back together, all the KKHS students went up the CN Tower and enjoyed the clear view from the top.



On Sunday morning, they took the bus to Niagara Falls and visited the Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, and the Butterfly Conservatory. While it was a cold day out, everyone seemed to enjoy the breathtaking scenery at the Falls and also had the chance to do some shopping at Table Rock.




On Monday, KKHS students participated in the Maple Program at Bradley Museum and were treated to a special pancake lunch. After visiting Kariya Park and City Hall in the afternoon, the students attended a Brownie meeting at the Dundas Girl Guide Office.




For the next three days, KKHS students attended classes at three local institutions. The first was at their twin school Stephen Lewis Secondary School. On their second day, they attended classes at St. Francis Xavier, while the third day was at the Greater Toronto Language School. Students were able to meet new friends, participate in activities like dance class, and demonstrate Japanese culture to local students.

On Wednesday evening, KKHS students joined our MFA meeting at the Frank McKechnie Community Centre. They gave demonstrations on origami, tea ceremony and calligraphy. MFA members were invited to take part and try their hand at each craft. They also performed a song and dance for the group and everyone was encouraged to join in. Mayor Crombie also attended the meeting, which made it extra special for all the students.

Meeting Meeting


Thursday was the last day of their trip. After attending school for the day, we had a farewell party at West 50 Restaurant. While it was a bittersweet moment knowing they had to leave the next day, it was great hearing about how much they enjoyed their time in Canada. Thank you to all the volunteers for helping out with their visit and we hope to see everyone again!


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Applications Up for May 2015 Delegation

It’s that time again! The MFA is once again looking for representatives to take part in a 10-person delegation heading to Kariya in May 2015. Those wishing to participate must submit an application form and return it to Stephanie Meeuwse by mid to late January. Applications will be reviewed by the MFA Executive Board and selections will be made based on the MFA’s Delegation Selection & Kariya Homestay Program Policy & Procedures.

The Application Form and Policies can be downloaded below:
Application Form
Delegation Selection & Kariya Homestay Policy
Host Family Selection Policy

*Please note our new mailing address if sending by post*
Mississauga Friendship Association
PO Box 57087
Brittany Glen PO
Mississauga, ON L5M 0M5

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