After much debate, the Town of Arnprior decided to support the efforts of a local committee to twin with a community in the USA and the USSR. The goal of the project was to exchange knowledge about the interests and concerns of a similar community in each country. "It is our sincere hope that small steps such as ours towards international, social and cultural exchange will help in the universal goal of peach" wrote Mayor Tom Sullivan. The intiative was also endorsed by the councils of McNab, Pakenham and Braeside. A musical theatre production 'Peace Child', directed by Lawrence Mahusky was funded through a Challenge '86 Summer Employment Grant and donations from various organizations. A newsletter "The Twinning Times" was published by the committee to provide information about the Arnprior Twinning Project and profiled the towns of Canton USA and Kamenec-Podolski USSR. A hockey match between the Arnprior Bantam Packers and a team from Canton took place in March 1986.
Files donated by Gillian Danby and Norma Moore in 2002.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of files created by the Arnprior Twinning Project Committee including research of nuclear disarmament, soviet society, minutes of meetings, correspondence, grants, newsclippings etc. Several files relate to the theatre production "Peace Child" which was a major undertaking for the committee in 1985. A earlier group of citizens concerned with stopping the nuclear arms proliferation known as Arnprior Nuclear Disarmament Group folded its proceeds into the Arnprior Twinning committee when it was formed in 1984.
1. Arnprior Twinning Project – Nuclear Disarmament Group