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Best of Summerland for sister city tour

Five students and two adults from Summerland’s sister city of Toyokoro, Japan, got the chance to experience a beautiful Okanagan summer.

Five students and two adults from Summerland’s sister city of Toyokoro, Japan, got the chance to experience a beautiful Okanagan summer last week.

The visitors included students aged 14 and 15 as well as a math teacher and the assistant manager from the Toyokoro Board of Education.

They were each hosted by a Summerland family and were able to experience typical Canadian family life, exposure to English language, new food and Canadian culture.

Sister City chairperson Darlene Forsdick said, “Host families played a major role in making this visit the success it was.”

“They opened their homes and their hearts in making our visitors a part of their families.”

Residents may have noticed the visitors around town and on the beaches as they explored much of what Summerland has to offer.

Activities included a climb to the top of Giant’s Head, a tour of the new RCMP station, a round of golf at Sumac Ridge, a ride on the KVR steam train, visits to Adams Bird Sanctuary and Summerland Sweets, and a round of shopping in Summerland’s downtown.

The visit concluded with a sayonara (farewell) party at Peach Orchard Beach where the delegation honoured those present with a traditional Japanese dance.

At the farewell party, repeat host family parent Shelly Parker said, “Put us down to host again next time. This is such a great experience.”

Visits between Summerland and Toyokoro take place in alternating years with Summerland planning a visit to Japan in September of 2013.

There are already several Summerland names on the list for the next trip.

The Sister City Society is a Committee of the District of Summerland.

Anyone interested in finding out more can visit summerland.ca/residents/SisterCity.aspx.

If you’re interested in applying to host a student two years from now, contact Forsdick at 250-494-9489.

 

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