TorontoNAJC – April Update

April 14, 2016 at 11:41 am
Setsuko Thurlow. Photos: Ron Shimizu

Setsuko Thurlow. Photos: Ron Shimizu

At its March meeting, the Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC approved grants to the Japanese Social Services and the Hiroshima Day Coalition for 2016.

Japanese Social Services (jss.ca) is a charitable non profit organization which provides social assistance services to Japanese Canadians and Japanese citizens living in the Greater Toronto Area.   JSS provides referrals to available private and public assistance programs, translation and educational services and counselling programs. The agency’s bilingual staff are professionally trained to assist clients. The agency is funded by grants from the City of Toronto and the Japanese Consulate and through an active program of fund raising. It is an essential community service to an increasingly diverse Japanese presence in the GTA.

The Raging Grannies

The Raging Grannies

The Hiroshima Day Coalition (hiroshimadaycoalition.ca) is a group of 16 organizations who commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early August each year to advance their collective call for the global ban of nuclear weapons.   This year the Coalition will be holding its commemorative event on August 6th at Nathan Phillip Square-Toronto City Hall.   Featured speaker this year is Mrs. Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, 2015 Arms Control Person of the Year and a dedicated advocate for the global banning of nuclear weapons. Also appearing are the Raging Grannies, Flautist Ron Korb, and the Raging Asian Women taiko drummers. Japanese Canadian organizations of the Coalition include TorontoNAJC, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Toronto Buddhist Church, and the Hiroshima Kenjin-kai. The event starts at 4:30pm and includes prominent speakers, information booths of the supporting groups and a commemoration ceremony. The event is free.

Donations
TorontoNAJC gratefully acknowledges the following donors for the period January – March 2016:
Mrs Kathryn Okawara, Mr Tadao Moritsugu, Mr & Mrs T Oyagi, Mr Jack Tanaka, Ms Shirley Morita, Ms Toshi Oikawa, Mr George Toyama, Mr & Mrs Tak Sagara, Ms S Hidaka, Mr & Mrs T Fukushima, Mr & Mrs T Omotani, Ms Nobuko Oikawa, Mr & Mrs Buzz Ogaki.

Thank you for your generous support.