TorontoNAJC – February Update

February 9, 2016 at 8:09 am

Two New Board Members for TorontoNAJCAt its January 23rd Board meeting,   Ms Janet Sakauye and Ms Michiko Yano-Shuttleworth were appointed to the 2016 Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC. The appointments were made by the Board to fill vacancies left by the resignation of David Fujino and Bob Tanaka last year.

Janet Sakauye is a case administrator at the Ontario Energy Board and has been active in many JC community organizations including the Toronto Buddhist Church, the Toronto Redress Committee, Annex, JCski and currently is a member of the Sangha Bowling League.

Michiko Yano-Shuttleworth, is currently a free lance production designer consulting on theatre and television projects as well as curating a Japanese Toy Museum and has served on the board of the Toronto Japanese Language School and was a member of the JCCC Heritage Committee and is a member of the National NAJC Endowment Fund.

We welcome Janet and Michiko to the board.

Assistance to Syrian Refugees – TorontoNAJC supports the statements of the National Association of Japanese Canadians ( and the Japanese American Citizens League, ( regarding the Syrian refugee crisis and in condemning the hate rhetoric and acts against individuals and communities of Islamic faith.   Furthermore, the chapter encourages its members and friends to assist in the resettlement of Syrian refugees by donating to the charity of their choice.   For information on how to assist in the refugee effort see the Canadian government website at or Lifeline Syria at or phone 647 827-1428.   The chapter is aware that the Toronto Buddhist Church ( is donating its offertory from selected services to Plan Canada and the Bayview United Church, formerly the Centennial Japanese United Church, ( is joining with other churches in assisting in the resettlement of refugee families.

2016 Membership Renewal  – TorontoNAJC thanks all members who have renewed their membership for 2016. We are grateful for your continued support. For those who have not yet renewed their membership we kindly ask you to do so.   The chapter depends on your membership in order to undertake various educational and social projects with a focus on human rights and other current issues of interest to the JC community.

Greater Toronto Chapter NAJC Membership Form for 2016


Surname_______________________ First Name____________________ Spouse___________________


City_______________________________________ Prov_____________ Post Code_________________

Phone ____________________ Email______________________________________________________

New Member (   )check                   Change of Address (   )check

Regular Membership $40.00(   )check                  Senior Membership $30.00 (    )check

I wish to DONATE $__________ to support the Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC

Issei ____                   Nisei _____             Sansei _____               Yonsei _____             Other _____

Please return this form with payment to TorontoNAJC, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON, M3C 1Z5