First Rising Sun

This is the image of the "First Rising Sun of 2012" the picture was taken in Matsushima an area devastated by the Japanese Tsunami on March 11, 2011.
The Sun rise is so beautiful and stands a beacon of hope and promise for 2012.

Alberta/Japan Twinned Municipalities Association Annual Conference

June 17 & 18, 2016

The annual General Meeting of the Alberta/Japan Twinned Municipalities Association was held Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 1:00 P.M, hosted by the Town of Hanna.

Alberta Japan Twinned Municipalities Association Annual Conference

Each year the Alberta Japan Twinned Municipalities Association hosts our AGM and a gathering of community representatives interested in developing, promoting, and celebrating their ties to a sistercommunity in Japan.

Town of Hanna staff, Exchange Committee members, and volunteers have been busy planning to ensure that we all enjoy a successful time of collaboration and fellowship as we work together to improve upon these unique relationships. This makes this year's theme "Building Relationships" all the more relevant, as we work together with one another in Alberta, as well as with our partners overseas. While you settle in and make yourself at home in our community, please take the time to meet the locals in attendance, and extend a thank you for all of the hard work they have put into the planning and execution of this memorable weekend. Be sure as well, to introduce yourself to our members of Council, and our Government of Alberta spokespersons.

This is our annual opportunity to share with one another our successes and struggles in a unique faceto- face environment. Be sure to capitalize on this opportunity, and recognize the similarities and differences between each of our twinning relationships, and try to envision how some of these differing ideas may help each of us to improve our existing programs. Listen to the stories around you, and be sure to share your own, as this is how we grow!

I wish you all success this weekend, and trust we will all walk away feeling a renewed sense of purpose, excitement for what we do, and why we do it. Enjoy yourself and everyone you meet. We are looking forward to another successful weekend, and look forward to Stony Plain in 2017!

Take care,
Derrick Campbell

For more information, please read the A/JTMA 2016 Conference Booklet.

Meet A/JTMA Executives!

A/JTMA Executive June 14, 2014
Derrick Campbell, President; Dr. Roy Kariatsumari, Vice-President; Edie Yuill, Secretary, Jerry Madsen, Treasurer; Missing Robert Twerdoclib, Past President.

Resulting from the 2014 Annual General Meeting an addition was made to the Alberta/Japan Twinned Municipalities Association Executive Members.

Derrick Campbell was elected as our Association President at the Annual General Meeting in Rocky Mountain House on June 14, 2014.

Derrick is a Technician for Distribution Operations with AltaGas Utilities Inc. based in Hanna, Alberta. He currently sits on the Town of Hanna Community Services Board, as well as the Hanna/Wake Twinning Committee.

He was an exchange student in 1999, and travelled to his sister city, Wake Japan for 5 life-changing weeks. That experience has driven him to help breathe life into the town's dormant exchange program this year with the help of his committee members. He hopes to apply this sense of hope and purpose to the A/JTMA organization.

Personal E-mail: Derrick Campbell

Robert Twerdoclib took the position as Past-President for a term of one year as a result of resigning his position as President at the Annual General Meeting in Rocky Mountain House on June 14, 2014.

Robert is a Councillor for the Town of Stony Plain and active on their Japanese Friendship Committee and has visited their sister city Shikaoi, Hokkaido, Japan on numerous occasions. Robert is a teacher in Stony Plain and has served in many capacities for the Alberta Teachers' Association as well as serving on a secondment with Alberta Education.

He is an internationally recognized speaker and has received a number of awards - provincially, nationally and internationally. He was awarded the National Geographic Literacy Award in 2008, and, with the award's financial endowment sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Twerdoclib family established a scholarship for graduating students from Stony Plain Memorial Composite High School. .

Personal E-mail: Robert Twerdoclib

Dr. Roy Kariatsumari was re-elected as our Association Vice President at the Annual General Meeting in Rocky Mountain House on June 14, 2014.

The position is a two year term. Dr. Roy and his wife Betts reside in Rocky Mountain House and have been very avid members of the Rocky Kamikawa Friendship Society as well as active in A/JTMA events, conferences and functions. Dr. Roy is instrumental in sustaining their excellent relationship with Kamikawa, Japan. In June, 2012, a very successful fundraiser was held to raise donations to be sent towards the Japanese Tsunami relief efforts.

Dr. Roy brings significant experience, wisdom and foresight to the Association.

Personal E-mail: Roy Kariatsumari

Jerry Madsen was re-elected as our Treasurer at the Annual General Meeting in Rocky Mountain House on June 14, 2014.

The term of the Treasurer is for two years. Jerry and his wife, Connie reside in Rocky Mountain House. Jerry is an active member of the Rocky Kamikawa Friendship Society.

Jerry and Connie have supported and contributed greatly towards Japanese relations. Jerry and Connie have also participated in many A/JTMA functions, events and conferences.

Jerry brings a wealth of experience along with wisdom and insight to the Association.

Personal E-mail: Jerry Madsen

Edie Yuill was re-elected as our Secretary at the Annual General Meeting in Rocky Mountain House on June 14, 2014.

The term of Secretary is two years. Edie had previously been Treasurer from 2008 to 2011 and has been Secretary since 2012. Edie currently resides in Athabasca but has been an active member of the Barrhead & District Twinning Committee and was President of the committee for a number of years.

She has also been an active member of the A/JTMA for a number of years. Edie has traveled to Hokkaido, Japan to visit Barrhead's former Twin Town Tokoro and since the merger, Kitami City. She has assisted with and hosted many annual delegations to visit in Barrhead.

Personal E-mail: Edie Yuill

Chronology of Events: A/JTMA Conferences & AGMs

Please, see the A/JTMA Conferences & AGMs in chonological order: Past and Future A/JTMA Conferences & AGMs.

Consul-General of Japan - Ryosaku Tamura

Consul-General Tamura and his wife Mrs. Yoko Tamura

Additional photos:
Consul-General Tamura and his wife Mrs. Yoko Tamura.

Memorial Dinner Reception - March 8, 2012

Consul-General for Japan, Susumu Fukuda - March 5, 2012

Cultural Forum - February 24 & 25, 2012

Luncheon in honour of Consul General of Japan – June 14, 2011

Japan Earthquake & Tsunami - March 11, 2011

Hands of Friendship – July 14, 2010

Information Meeting in Calgary, Alberta – September 08, 2009

Town of Didsbury, Alberta – Miki Town, Hokkaido – New Alberta-Japan twinning agreement - April 28, 2009

Japanese Memorial Garden Dedication - Legislature Grounds
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Edmonton, Alberta - October 08, 2008: The 17 Downy Cherry shrubs planted this week on the east grounds of the Alberta Legislature are just babies, each about a foot tall. But in a few years, the saplings will grow up to 10 times their size, and springtime blooms will fragrance the air, bringing a touch of Hokkaido to Alberta.

The ornamental trees, native to Japan, represent the 17 Alberta municipalities and 15 high schools twinned with Japanese counterparts in the prefecture of Hokkaido. Centred around a stone lantern, the garden was officially unveiled at a ceremony Wednesday celebrating the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada. More >>>

Read the full story in Edmonton Journal.

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