Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Witnessing the Canadian way of life
A South Korean delegation visited Clarence-Rockland on January 14, witnessing the Canadian way of life.
The visit was in the works for about three years, according to Clarence-Rockland mayor Guy Desjardins. “We’re very happy to be able to welcome the delegation,” he said at the Clarence-Rockland YMCA, where the delegation had met to view an art exposition. The latter was made up of art from the Korean Cultural Centre in Ottawa.
The mayor of Boeun, Jung Sang Hyuck, was part of the South Korean delegation. Since 2015, Boeun has been Clarence-Rockland’s sister city.
Ever since 2015, activities have been held locally between the two communities. Last year, Korean students enjoyed winter inspired activities with students of Rockland’s L’Escale.
Following the visit to the YMCA, the delegation then headed to St. Francis-Xavier High School, where fifteen South Korean students are experiencing the Canadian school system first hand. “This time around, we wanted to show them how schools operate here.”
Desjardins also outlined that he had agreed to visit the city of Boeun in October 2019. “I made it clear to whoever is willing to come,” he started. “The taxpayers won’t be paying one dime of this trip.”