Mississauga Friendship Association

Twin City with Kariya, Japan

Welcome KIFA Delegation!

The citizen delegation from the Kariya International Friendship Association will arrive in Mississauga on June 28, 2017 for another jam packed week of fun. A big thank you to those who will host a delegate and volunteer to prepare for their visit.

2017 KIFA delegates

2017 KIFA delegates

Events open to all members are listed below.    Please RSVP to Stephanie (stephanie.kariya@gmail.com) if you plan to attend any of these events.

June 28, 2017 – 5:30 pm – Arrive at the Civic Centre to meet host families.  All members welcome (free).

June 29, 2017 – 10:30 -11:30 am – Park Stroll, Jack Darling Park (Lakeshore Road West of Mississauga Road), meet at far parking lot close to washroom.

June 30, 2017 – 9 am – 7:30 pm – Niagara Falls Day – All members are welcome to join this day trip to Niagara Falls.  Trip includes transportation, activities and all meals. See the Falls, Take the Hornblower Boat Cruise and then head to Niagara-on-the-Lake for shopping or a tour of Fort George.  Cost is $75.

July 1, 2017 – Happy Canada Day!   Members are welcome to join delegates and their hosts for lunch at the Novotel (time and cost TBD).  Following lunch walk to Kariya Park and then Celebration Square join in the Canada Day festivities.

July 2, 2017 – Farewell BBQ at the home of Ron Star (1665 Blythe Road, Mississauga). The farewell BBQ is always one of the highlights of the year.  Open to all members, $15 per person.

July 3, 2017 – 9 am – Farewell – Civic Centre North Doors.

 

 

 

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Kariya Citizen Delegation Arrives July 6

Kariya Delegates, 2016

Kariya Delegates – 2016

The citizen delegation from the Kariya International Friendship Association will arrive in Mississauga on July 6, 2016 for another jam packed week of fun.  A big thank you to those who will host a delegate and volunteer to prepare for their visit. Below is an itinerary that indicates events open to all members with the costs for non-hosts.  Please RSVP to Maria or Stephanie (stephanie.kariya@gmail.com) if you plan to attend any of these events.  Councillor Ron Star will once again host our farewell party which is one of the best events of the year, so please come!

July Itinerary FINAL

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Mayor Crombie’s Visit to Kariya

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie recently visited Japan for a Japanese Investment Mission. She was able to include a visit to Mississuaga’s sister city Kariya in her busy itinerary.

Mayor Crombie toured Denso, met with Kariya’s Mayor Takanaka, attended official events, visited Mississauga Park, spoke at the Kariya International Friendship Association (KIFA) annual general meeting and enjoyed a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.  You can read about Mayor Crombie’s time in Nagoya and Kariya in her official blog.

We are happy to report that Mississauga Friendship Association Board Member Marcelino “Frost” DaCosta’s trip to Japan coincided with Mayor Crombie’s visit.  As a result, he was able to connect with Mayor Crombie while she was in Kariya.

Mayor Crombie’s visit demonstrates her support of the twinning program between Mississauga and Kariya and assists the MFA in our role to foster the relationship between our citizens.

A collage of photos from Mayor Crombie's visit to Kariya

A collage of photos from Mayor Crombie’s visit to Kariya

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Student Delegation To Visit from Kariya Kita High School

Student Delegation To Visit From Kariya Kita High School

Ten students and two teachers from Kariya Kita High School will visit Mississauga for a cultural exchange from March 19 to 26, 2016.

The MFA has helped to develop a varied and interesting itinerary for the students including a trip to Niagara Falls, maple programming at Bradley Museum and opportunities to showcase their culture with a local girl guiding group.

The students will visit schools from three different school systems. They will spend one day at their twin school, Stephen Lewis Secondary School, as well as a day at St. Francis Xavier Secondary School and the Greater Toronto Language School (GTLS) which is a private ESL school.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make these opportunities happen!

On March 23, the delegates will showcase their culture at our MFA social meeting. This will take place from 7 to 9 pm at Frank McKechnie Community Centre, 310 Bristol Road East. Please plan to attend to support the students and give them a warm Mississauga welcome.

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