Chapter President’s Report – January 2015

January 4, 2015 at 11:48 pm

by David Fujino.

Happy New Year, 2015!

Dear Friends,
On behalf of the Board of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC, I wish all members, NAJC chapters, and the National Executive Board, an inspiring and healthy New Year.

The Toronto Chapter has been busy rebranding itself and developing programs of relevance for the local Nikkei community, but the pressing need for new members can’t be ignored.

Our 2015 membership drive was initiated in November and, to date, we’ve received over 70 responses, mostly renewals and a few new memberships. A ‘thank you’ to those who have renewed or joined, and a special ‘thank you’ to our Donors who gave generously in addition to their membership fees. We urge members to renew their membership in the Chapter as soon as possible.

Please remember that it was not only the hard work and determination of JCs, but the critical role played by key organizations such as the JCCL, JCCA — and the NAJC — which spoke out for the JC community at large and won full citizenship rights for JCs. The Toronto NAJC strives to continue in this tradition and only a strong membership base will allow that.

Finally, we held our chapter AGM (Annual General Meeting) on December 7, 2014, during which some of the Chapter’s 2014 programs and events were highlighted:

• The Hide Shimizu Scholarship fund was established in 2014 to reward academic excellence in the name of one of our notable JC educators. Two (highly impressive) female recipients from western Canada received their awards at the NAJC’s AGM in Vancouver on September 20, 2014.

• The publication of the Manga book, “The Sword, The Medal and The Rosary”, by Terry Watada, was jointly funded by this Chapter and the Hastings Park Foundation. This manga is volume one of a trilogy; volume two will be published and available for ordering in 2015.

• A book launch for Mona Oikawa’s eloquent and scholarly book, “Cartographies of Violence: Japanese Canadian Women, Memory and the Subjects of the Internment”, was held on May 11, 2014, at Another Story Bookshop in downtown Toronto.

• The last event for 2014 — the Roy Miyashita Concert on December 21, 2014 — was held from 2 to 4 pm on the Sunday before Christmas at Castleview Wychwood Towers, 351 Christie Street. Pianist Miyashita is a resident of Castleview Wychwood. The concert was eagerly attended by resident seniors from both Momiji Seniors Centre and Castleview Wychwood Towers.

• The 2014 Board of Directors were reinstated for 2015.

• A Report was delivered on the Financial Status of the Chapter by Treasurer Randy Sakauye.

• David Ikeda, President of Japanese Social Services, spoke to us about the activities of the agency.

• And there was a showing of Ken Galloway’s video documentary of the “Living Wall Painting” project from the July 2014 “Matsuri” at Yonge-Dundas Square.

After adjournment, the attendees had lively discussions over sembei and tea.

Please note: The Chapter’s temporary phone number is 416-960-1317, and our mailing address remains the same — National Association of Japanese Canadians, Greater Toronto Chapter, 6 Garamond  Court, Suite 240, Toronto, On, M3C 1Z5. You can always email us at: torontonajc@gmail.com.

Respectfully yours,

David Fujino