Burlington-Honfleur Sister Cities

Partnership Agreement

On March 21, 2012, Mayor Kiss created the Burlington-Honfleur Sister City Committee, chaired by Lise Veronneau, to maintain communication with the counterpart in Honfleur, le Comité de jumelage.

On October 8, the first official delegation from Burlington visited Honfleur, which included members of the Sister City Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy, Honorary Consul Ernie Pomerleau, Consul Général to New England Christophe Gilhou, Chamber of Commerce member Tom Torti, and Burlington City Arts executive director Doreen Kraft. They and the group in Honfleur signed a partnership agreement at the Hotel de Ville.

2012 agreement

Friendship Agreement

On July 2-6, 2013, Mayor Lamarre led a Honfleur delegation to Burlington. The delegates included Pierre Jan (Honfleur archivist), Christine Mas (director of U.S. relations), and Corinne Lamarre (assistant archivist and sister of mayor). They met with representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, Burlington City Arts, and Burlington High school.

On July 3, Mayor Lamarre and Burlington mayor Miro Weinberger signed a friendship agreement in City Hall.

2012 signing
2012 agreement
2013 group

Thereafter the Honfleur delegation toured sites in the Burlington area, including Burlington High School, the Intervale, the ECHO Center, the Shelburne Museum, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Saint Michael’s College, Champlain College, the University of Vermont, and Burlington City Arts. They enjoy a final dinner at Shelburne Farms.

2013 lunch

Ambassador from Honfleur to the United States

On November 22, 2013, in Honfleur, Mayor Lamarre appointed Dana vanderHeyden ambassadrice from Honfleur to the United States.

Ambassador front page
Dana Ambassadrice

Free Museum Admission

In December 2013 the two mayors agreed to the Free Admittance Agreement, allowing visitors from each city to enter the other’s museums for free.