2022 Annual Awards Winners

2021 was a challenging year for many sister city programs.  Adjusting to the global pandemic, communities across the SCI network continue to find new and innovative ways to connect globally and thrive locally.

The Annual Awards Program highlights sister city program achievements and brings international recognition to each community’s contributions to the citizen diplomacy movement. Sister Cities International established the Annual Awards Program in 1962 to recognize exceptional sister city programs. Current dues-paying members of Sister Cities International with at least one formally recognized sister city partnership are eligible to apply for awards. The awards will recognize achievements by sister city programs in 2021.

Youth Leadership – 12:30 pm

  • Ronald Taylor, Aurora Sister Cities


Volunteer of the Year

  • Brenda Frinks, Jacksonville Sister Cities


Innovation in Youth and Education 2:00 PM

  • Greater than 300,000 Fort Worth Sister Cities International

  • 100,001-300,000 Sister Cities Association of Pittsburgh

  • 25,001-100,000 De Pere Sister Cities International

  • Less that 25,000 Saluda Sister City


Innovation in Humanitarian Assistance 1:00 PM

  • Greater than 300,000 International Relations Council of Riverside

  • 100,001-300,000 Richmond-Windhoek Sister Cities International

  • 25,001-100,000 Neighbors Abroad


Innovation in Business, Trade and Professional Exchange 2:30 PM

  • Greater than 300,000 Greater Columbus Sister Cities International

  • 100,001-300,000 Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International


Innovation in Arts and Culture 1:30 PM

  • Greater than 300,000 Seattle Sister Cities Association

  • 100,001-300,000 Cincinnati-Nancy Sister City Association

  • 25,001-100,000 Longmont Sister Cities Association

  • Less than 25, 000 Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association


Best Overall 3:00 PM

  • Over 300,000 Phoenix Sister Cities

  • 100,001-300,000 Lexington Sister Cities Commission

  • 25,001-100,000 Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation