Al Hitzroth and Cheri Hanvold of Zelstoff Celgar (left) along with Coun. Kevin Chernoff and Mayor Lawrence Chernoff (right) present donations to Chris MacPherson (centre) of the Canadian Red Cross Society to go towards relief efforts in Japan. In the background is a sign bearing the name of Castlegar's sister city of Embetsu

Al Hitzroth and Cheri Hanvold of Zelstoff Celgar (left) along with Coun. Kevin Chernoff and Mayor Lawrence Chernoff (right) present donations to Chris MacPherson (centre) of the Canadian Red Cross Society to go towards relief efforts in Japan. In the background is a sign bearing the name of Castlegar's sister city of Embetsu

Castlegar donates $1 per resident to Japan relief

City council held an emergency meeting on Wednesday morning and summarily approved a "special donation" to the Canadian Red Cross Society for aid relief in Japan. The donation will be made in the amount of $1 for every man, woman and child in Castlegar. That works out to $7,987.

  • Mar. 16, 2011 10:00 a.m.

City council held an emergency meeting on Wednesday morning and summarily approved a “special donation” to the Canadian Red Cross Society for aid relief in Japan.

The donation will be made in the amount of $1 for every man, woman and child in Castlegar.

That works out to $7,987.

The decision was made in recognition of Castlegar’s sister city of Embetsu, Japan.

“The conditions in Japan are almost beyond belief and we want to send a gesture of support to our sister city’s nation,” Mayor Lawrence Chernoff said.

“We have a valuable and long-running Embetsu student exchange and a strong working relationship with the Town of Embetsu,” he added. “We hope that all of our former exchange students and host families are safe and healthy.”

The donation comes after council sent condolences over the weekend in response to last Friday’s massive earthquake.

City staff sent a message through translator Yuri Kutchera, who is involved with the Castlegar-Embetsu Educational Exchange Committee.

“Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, city council and the citizens of Castlegar would like to extend our sincere concern to the citizens of our Sister-City of Embetsu,” the message read.

“Embetsu and the rest of Japan are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time in your country.”

Kutchera was told by an Embetsu council member that the impact felt from the earthquake was minimal, however in the city of Sapporo, located 250 kilometres to the south, buildings swayed.

Embetsu is located on the northwest coast of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.

Zelstoff Celgar also announced on Wednesday that it would be contributing $10,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Society for relief in Japan.

“We want to thank Zelstoff Celgar for their valuable contribution and for working with us to support our community’s sister city,” Chernoff said.