2019 Spring Conferment of Decorations to Foreign Nationals: Ms. Heather Lindsay Blackwood Newman

The conferment ceremony was held in the Council Chambers of the City of Kawartha Lakes.
From left: His Worship, Andy Letham, Mayor of Kawartha Lakes; Consul-General of
Japan Takako Ito; Ms. Heather Lindsay Blackwood Newman; City Councillor Patrick O'Reilly.

On June 18, Consul-General of Japan Takako Ito conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, upon Ms. Heather Lindsay Blackwood Newman in recognition of her contributions toward strengthening friendship between Japan and Canada through the promotion of sister-city exchanges. The conferment ceremony was held in Council Chambers of the City of Kawartha Lakes, and was attended by His Worship Andy Letham, Mayor of Kawartha Lakes, City Council, municipal staff, as well as members of the Lindsay-Nayoro Twinning Committee.

A reception was also held on the same day to celebrate Ms. Newman’s decoration.

Ms. Newman has been a member of the Lindsay-Nayoro Twinning Committee since 1969, taking part in its formation. Since 2000 until now, she has served as the Committee’s Chair, contributing greatly to the fostering of friendship and goodwill between Lindsay and Nayoro. She has been conferred this order in recognition of her efforts toward promoting friendship between the two communities through short-term student exchanges, exchanges of municipal delegations, curling, park golf and other sports exchanges, as well as exchanges of Christmas and New Year’s cards. We at the Consulate-General of Japan would like to extend to Ms. Newman our heartfelt congratulations.

Consul-General Ito gives congratulatory remarks.

Councillor O’Reilly extends his congratulations.

Ms. Newman expresses her pleasure at receiving the Order.

The celebratory reception following the ceremony.

A congratulatory message was received from Federal Member of Parliament Jamie Schmale.

A congratulatory message from Member of Provincial Parliament Laurie Scott.