Chapter President’s Report – April 2015

March 30, 2015 at 11:06 pm

Dear Friends,

Finally! the deep polar freeze is leaving Toronto, the weather’s warmer, and the days are getting brighter. Sure glad to see the arrival of spring.

On the topic of spring, I’m happy to report that from March 7 to March 8, we welcomed visitors to our booth at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s “Spring Festival” — table top hockey, anyone? — and we signed up new members! — but first, I do have an important announcement to make.

On May 31, we’re vacating our office, Suite 240, at 6 Garamond Court at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. We’re going ‘virtual’. This means we won’t have a physical office, but we can be reached by phone at 416 960-1317 (temporary phone number) and through our website, www.torontonajc.ca. But if you’re more comfortable mailing letters, or dropping off letters and notes to us, you can still address them to the Toronto NAJC at 6 Garamond Court, Front Desk, Toronto, ON, M3C 1Z5. We check our mail regularly.

But in order to make it official and close off our residency at 6 Garamond Court, the NAJC is hosting a “Moving Day Party!” on Saturday, May 23/15, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, featuring live entertainment with  the “Back 40” band playing classic country music (think Hank Williams, George Jones, Johnny Cash). There’ll be a $10.00 door charge for non-members, while NAJC members and kids accompanied by parents, are free. In addition, we’re offering a cash bar, snacks, and one complimentary hot dog (you can purchase more for a toonie.) I want to credit our board member, Bruce Tatemichi, for coming up with this fun idea and all the ‘corny’ party trimmings!

Although we’re closing up our office and going virtual, the Toronto NAJC still continues to offer a range of educational and entertaining programs:
– There’s a Book Launch for Terry Watada’s new poetry book, “Game of 100 Ghosts” on April 16, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the East Asian Library, 8th floor (located in the Robarts Library), at 130 St. George at Harbord St. The 2nd floor elevators take you directly to the 8th floor. Refreshments will be served. Free. The East Asian Library is TTC accessible. For directions, phone TTC Fares and Schedules at 416 393-4636. Street parking is limited. The East Asian Library’s contact is Lu Gan at 416 978-1025.

– A forthcoming Japanese Canadian speaker series

– Continuing support of:  JSS (Japanese Social Services), the Hide Shimizu Scholarship Fund, and the Hiroshima Day Coalition

– Plans are underway to be a media sponsor for two art shows in the JCCC (Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre) Art Gallery

– A new Youth Committee section forthcoming on our website, www.torontonajc.ca

Once again, all of these activities are possible, largely due to the generosity and kindness of chapter members and supporters. Thank you very much.

Respectfully yours,

David Fujino

President, Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC