September 10, 2009 – A nine person delegation from Thunder Bay will depart Saturday, Sept. 12 to visit Thunder Bay’s original Sister City, Seinajoki, Finland. The City of Thunder Bay and Seinajoki began their relationship in 1974, and it continues to grow today in the twinning of the two cities.
During the six day trip, the delegates will visit education and technology institutes, museums, tourist attractions, manufacturing enterprises, and meet with city and economic development officials.
“I am looking forward to the exchange of ideas and sharing of best practices in the governance of our two communities,” says Mayor Lynn Peterson. “The growth of friendships between individual citizens, groups, and organizations will no doubt flourish as a result of this visit and ongoing exchanges.”
Thunder Bay’s delegation includes: Mayor Lynn Peterson, John Hannam - City Clerk, Richard Pohler - Senior Development Officer, Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission, John Bonofiglio, Sister Cities Advisory Committee Member, Brian Campbell - Executive Director of Government Relations, Confederation College, Dr. Laurie Hayes - Vice-President Academic & Provost, Lakehead University, Dave Knutson and Barry Brooks, Cook Engineering, and Harold Hereema, Unitized Manufacturing.
A delegation from Seinajoki last visited Thunder Bay three years ago, when the City renewed the twinning agreement on July 14, 2006.
The City of Seinajoki, Finland Seinäjoki is one of the fastest growing urban centres in Finland. The capital of the Southern Ostrobothnia province, the city is a thriving business and cultural centre. Seinäjoki offers all the advantages of a city as well as a friendly community atmosphere and comfortable living.
Seinäjoki, whose current population is 56,000, is known for the architecture of Alvar Aalto, the Tangomarkkinat Tango Festival, the Provinssi-rock festival and a wide variety of sports activities. The city is one of Finland’s fastest growing urban areas, thanks partly to its favourable attitude towards entrepreneurship.
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Contact: Aldo Ruberto, Chair of the Sister Cities Committee, 768-8038