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REPORTING · 16th May 2014
Walter McFarlane
Stefania Tonelli and Francesca Bailoni, the cultural exchange students from Italy were at Kitimat Council on Monday, May 12th, along with their teachers. Council had already met with them over lunch. Their English Teacher, Laura Pedrotti did most of the talking.

“We are here to form a twinning between Mouth Elizabeth Secondary School and our school, [Marie Curie],” said Pedrotti.

She explained Tonelli is the student representative and Bailoni is interested in environmental issues. They are getting to know Kitimat and learning more about the upcoming development. Goffinet asked the students what they think of Kitimat.

Tonelli said she enjoyed their stay in Kitimat, the people here and the activities which they are participating in. Bailoni expressed she enjoyed the surrounding forests and mountains. Council was told the environment in their town of Pergine is similar to Kitimat.

“We are amazed, the sense of community you have in Kitimat and how hard you work here in your community,” said Pedrotti.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan agreed and said with all the new people coming here, the town was starting to get vibrant again.

They presented Council with a book of photos of their region of Trentino which they signed.