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Sister City Program
The History Behind the Sister City Program
The Wetaskiwin-Ashoro Friendship Society was formed in 1990 by a local group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the positive relationship between Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada and Ashoro, Hokkaido, Japan (ongoing since 1986). The Wetaskiwin Ashoro Friendship Society coordinates the student exchanges that take place, and also serve as the main source of information and point of contact for the Town of Ashoro.

Then and Now
Wetaskiwin and Ashoro became Sister Cities in a twinning ceremony that took place between former mayors Dorothy French (Wetaskiwin) and Hirohiko Kagawa (Ashoro) at Ashoro Friendship Park in Wetaskiwin on September 15, 1990.

Our Sister City relationship currently includes an annual exchange between students from Wetaskiwin and Ashoro. The exchange provides a cross-cultural experience that explores the traditions, history, language and present day geography of both countries.

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Coordinator of International Relations (CIR)

The Town of Ashoro hires a recent university graduate from the Wetaskiwin area to fulfill a one year contract to be the Coordinator of International Relations (CIR). The CIR position was created in 1992 to enhance the communication taking place between Wetaskiwin and Ashoro.

The CIR's duties include but are not limited to: assisting and teaching English to students aged 2-16, facilitating student exchanges, organizing and assisting with after school and weekend programs, editing documents, and acting as a cultural liaison.