Korea-Canada, 60 years of relations: Kim Yu-na and Jean Yoon named honorary ambassadors

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Yonhap) – The Canadian Embassy in Seoul announced Tuesday that figure skating legend Kim Yu-na has been named a goodwill ambassador for the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Canada in 2023. .

The nomination ceremony took place yesterday at the embassy. Next year, Seoul and Ottawa will celebrate 60 years of official relations. Canada’s Chargé d’Affaires in South Korea, Tamara Mawhinney, said “we are very honored to have you as Canada’s Honorary Ambassador on this special occasion,” according to the press release issued this morning.

For her part, Kim Yu-na said, “I personally have a special connection to Canada. Canada is where I spent a lot of time training as a skater, and it’s also where I won my gold medal. I also have fond memories of the many Canadians who supported and encouraged me during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.”

“It is a great pleasure to have been appointed as an honorary ambassador for Canada, a country that holds a special place in my heart, to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2023,” she said in follow-up.

In Ottawa, the South Korean embassy announced that Korean-Canadian actress Jean Yoon has also been named an honorary ambassador for the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations. Yoon was one of the main characters of the television series “Kim’s Convenience”, which aired on the national public broadcaster CBC from October 2016 to April 2021.

She starred as Kim Young-mi in the sitcom that told the story of a Korean immigrant family that runs a convenience store in Toronto while somehow trying to adjust to their new life in Canada and was a runaway success in the North American country . The series is available today on Netflix. South Korea’s ambassador to Ottawa, Lim Woong-soon, said “Ms. Yoon has sent a message of hope to all Korean immigrants currently living in Canada.”

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