Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 9:41 a.m.
Clarence-Rockland solidifies ties with South Korea
The City of Clarence-Rockland has signed a sister-city agreement with Boeun City, solidifying its friendship with South Korea.
Clarence-Rockland played host to a delegation from Boeun City, Republic of Korea on Monday, January 15. The delegation included the Mayor of Boeun, Jung, Sang Hyuck, dignitaries from the Korean Embassy, along with 15 grade-eight students. This day of exchange ended with the signing of a sister-city agreement between the two cities.
Mayor Guy Desjardins and Mayor Jung, Sang Hyuck, of Boeun, signed this official agreement that is based upon “the principles of mutual benefit and equality.” Mayor Desjardins called the signing an historical event. “Becoming a sister municipality is a strong tradition that provides opportunities for peer-to-peer cooperation and fosters exchange,” said the mayor. “In the spirit of friendship, the City of Clarence-Rockland will cooperate with the municipality of Boeun to establish a friendship to promote different subjects.”
During the presentation, Clarence-Rockland presented gifts to the delegation of Boeun City, which included baskets filled with goods representative of Canadian and Ontarian culture. Boeun City also presented gifts of its own, one which included a portrait of Mayor Guy Desjardins.
The Mayor of Boeun City recalled the important role Canada played in the Korean War, to highlight the significance of this signing. “Almost 70 years have passed since the Korean War and we will never forget the Canadian soldiers who participated and helped Korean democracy and freedom,” said Mayor Jung, Sang Hyuck. “Today, I am here to honor and thank the Canadian people.”
The grade eight students from Boeun paired up with 15 students from l’École secondaire catholique L’Escale for the day. They received a tour of the school and participated in various winter activities in the Larose Forest.