On Saturday, May 4th, in conjunction with the Steveston Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Tonari Gumi held a “Crisis Preparedness” seminar in Japanese for seniors and their family members. Some 26 interested individuals attended to learn how to prepare for the unexpected, in particular with regard to representation agreements, powers of attorney, wills, etc.
Shihori making her presentation in Steveston.
The presentation was given by Shihori, Community Service worker at Tonari Gumi, and included handouts and a helpful set of real-life examples that elicited many questions from the group as they related the examples to their own lives. Tonari Gumi expresses its appreciation for the support and assistance given by Kelvin Higo to make this event a success. Tonari Gumi will be working with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre to hold other seminars of interest to the community in Steveston in the near future. Individuals interested in participating in these seminars in both English and Japanese are asked to contact Kelvin Higo or the Tonari Gumi office at 604-687-2172.
On Saturday, June 8, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Pink Pearl Chinese Restaurant, Joy Kogawa will be the keynote speaker at Tonari Gumi’s 40th and the Greater Vancouver JCCA’s 60th Anniversary dinner. Please join us in celebrating 100 years of service to the Japanese Canadian community and contribute to Tonari Gumi’s new seniors’ drop-in and community outreach centre being created at 42 West 8th Avenue in Vancouver.
Joy Kogawa is the keynote speaker at this gala event because she has prominently represented the community and it’s history to all Canadians and to all the world. Joy Kogawa’s best known work is a semi-autobiographical novel, Obasan. Obasan has been named as one of the most important books in Canadian history by the Literary Review of Canada and was also listed by The Toronto Star in a “Best of Canada” feature. Obasan was later adapted into a 45-minute opera that toured elementary schools throughout British Columbia. In 1986, Kogawa was made a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2006 she was made a Member of the Order of British Columbia. In 2010, the Japanese government honored Kogawa with the Order of the Rising Sun for her contribution to the understanding and preservation of Japanese Canadian history.
If you would like to attend this important milestone event while contributing to Tonari Gumi’s continuing services for seniors in the Japanese Canadian community, please click here to purchase tickets online. To purchase tickets directly or for more information contact: Tonari Gumi, (604) 687-2172 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Tonari Gumi and the Greater Vancouver JCCA will be co-hosting their first joint golf tournament on Saturday, July 20th at the Meadow Gardens Golf Course in Pitt Meadows. There will be prizes and a buffet banquet dinner at Meadow Gardens following the tournament. The entry fees are $160 each and $640 for a foursome. A charitable tax donation receipt will be available from Tonari Gumi for a portion of the entry fee. All net proceeds will go to the joint Tonari Gumi-JCCA “Home Away from Home” Building Fund to complete the renovations to the new Tonari Gumi Seniors’ drop-in and Community Outreach Centre at 42 West 8th Ave. in Vancouver. By participating in this event, you are helping to build a stronger, vibrant and more caring Japanese Canadian community.
Registration can be phoned into the following: Shag Ando (604-922-9226), Ed Teranishi (604-276-2192), Michael Yamamoto (604-720-3915), Derek Iwanaka (604-928-2797), Katsuko Shioiri (604-649-5880), Ken Nishi (604-521-4055), Perry Nishihata (604-812-1850), the Tonari Gumi office (604-687-2172) or obtain your own registration forms by clicking onto the following link: Golf Tournament.
Tonari Gumi’s 40th and the JCCA’s 60th Anniversary Dinner
When: June 8, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Pink Pearl Chinese Restaurant, 1132 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Keynote Speaker: Joy Kogawa, author of Obasan
The Early Years: Visual History by Tamio Wakayama
Tonari Gumi or the Japanese Community Volunteers Association was founded in 1973 by Jun Hamada and others to serve the needs of the frail and elderly first generation Japanese Canadians in the downtown eastside. Tonari Gumi is a true grassroots organization, harnessing the energy of its volunteers to assist both elders and newcomers to overcome the barriers of poverty and social isolation. The Greater Vancouver JCCA was created in 1953 with a mandate to educate the Canadian public about the history and cultural heritage of Japanese Canadians and the preservation of these values; protecting and promoting the rights and freedoms of all individuals without any discriminatory practices; and to develop and maintain a communication network with multicultural societies in Canada and internationally.
Now, Tonari Gumi and the JCCA are creating an expanded senior’s drop-in and community outreach centre at 42 West 8th Avenue in Vancouver to provide programs and services to even more individuals in need. Please join us in celebrating this amazing milestone within our community. To purchase tickets online, please click here.
Tickets: $60/person or $550/table of 10 (tax donation receipt of $25 for each adult ticket). Those requiring a donation receipt will need to provide the names and addresses of all the receipt recipients.
$40/child (12 to 3 years of age); free for children under 3.
To purchase tickets directly or for more information contact: Tonari Gumi, (604) 687-2172 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.tonarigumi.ca