With the success of the youth exchanges, it was decided to start a citizen's exchange. In October 2001 a group from Barrie including former Mayer Janice Laking traveled to Murayama.
A photo of Barrie's delegation meeting Mayor Sato at Murayama city hall.
The exchanges include formal events as well as site seeing and touring. Due to the success of the “Home Stay” with the youth exchanges, it was decided to include in the citizen exchanges as well.
A photo of members invovled with the exchanges eating a traditional Japanese meal on the floor.
A photo of the delegation in Murayama touring a local museum.
As we got close to the 20th anniversary, we invited a delegation from Murayama to attend Barrie in 2016 and Barrie would send a delegation in 2017 to mark the anniversary.
A photo of the Japanese delegation at the Barrie Spirit Catcher.
A photo of the Japanese delegation with Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman.
A photo of the Japanese delegation in the council chambers with Mayor Lehman and the IRC Chair, David Morrison.
A citizen’s delegation from Barrie including Deputy Mayor Barry Ward traveled to Murayama October, 2017. This visit was to celebrate 20 years of friendship and to resign our commitment to continue our friendship agreement.
A photo of the Barrie delegation being greeted at Murayama City Hall..
A formal signing ceremony took place with gift exchanges October 30, 2017.
A photo of the agreement signing with Deputy Mayor Barry Ward and Murayama Mayor Takao Shifu.
A photo of the gift exchange with Mark Sachkiw, Barry Ward and Takao Shifu.
Images of previous visits and exchanges between Murayama and Barrie.