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Join the Commission
The Edmonds Sister City Commission is seeking volunteers to fill openings on the Commission. The Commission consists of 12 volunteers serving three-year terms and one student volunteer serving a on-year term. Sister City Commissioners attend around 20 events/meetings each year including:

  • Regular Commission meetings - monthly on the 4th Monday of each month
  • City Council meeting - attend one in the Fall and others when a new Commissioner is appointed
  • Fundraising events - participate in at least one per year
  • Student orientations - attend one of six scheduled during April - July
  • Welcome & Farewell dinners - held yearly during the Japanese delegation visit in August
  • Student Exchange - chaperone one weekday of activities during first two week of August
  • For a complete list of Commissioner expectations please click here

The student representative must be a resident of Edmonds, attend high-school or college, and have a strong interest in Japan. Duties include:

  • Attending Commission meetings held on the fourth Monday of every month
  • Assist with events around the annual student exchange for two weeks in August
  • Participate in special projects, such as the Commission's booth at the Edmonds Farmers Market and student delegation recruiting

Qualified applicants will have an interest in Japan and support the mission of the Edmonds Sister City Commission ~ promoting international communication and understanding through the exchange of people, ideas, and culture. Applicants participate in an interview process and are selected, in part, based upon their skills as they apply to the Commission's mission, functions, and current and ongoing projects. For applications, click on Current Openings can be found HERE on this webpage.

Join an adult delegation to Hekinan
The Commission coordinates an adult exchange of local citizens with Hekinan. Since the relationship was initiated in 1988, over 1,000 people have traveled between the two cities. Typically, delegates stay in homes and are given opportunities to meet residents and business owners, and to experience the respective cultures first-hand.

Join a student delegation to Hekinan
The commission coordinates a student exchange each summer where 15 students and two teachers from both cities that spend two weeks in a homestay situation.

Sister City Contact

Meeting Schedule
The Commission meets the fourth Monday of every month (NO MEETING IN DECEMBER) at 6 pm at the Frances Anderson Center, Room 123, 700 Main Street, Edmonds. Meetings subject to change. Due to COVID-19, meetings are currently being held via zoom:

https://zoom.us/j/97411449400?pwd=V1ptZEUzRUQ4RFRTSmtqd200WjVHdz09
Webinar ID: 974 1144 9400
Passcode: 449274
Or Telephone: Dial US: +1 253 215 8782 or 877 853 5257 (Toll Free)

Commission Members
Rae Podrebarac
Katy Renz
Greg Lange (Co-Chair)
Gillian lim
Laura Braithwaite Otto (Sec.)
Iyoko Okano
Michele Fellows
Karyn Heinekin
Gabe Longoria

City Staff
Carolyn LaFave, Exec. Asst. to the Mayor
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Sister City Commission
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Current Openings

Office of the Mayor
425.771.0247 (phone)
425.771.0252 (fax)