2018 TorontoNAJC Membership Renewal Campaign

November 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Dear 2017 TorontoNAJC Members, Past Members and Friends of the Chapter

First of all, we thank our members for your support of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC  for 2017. Your support enabled the chapter to carry out these activities in 2017.         

  • A special luncheon on November 25th Honouring JCs on the 75th Anniversary of their Displacement and Internment  in Canada at Momiji  Centre, is being held in realization that the  majority of Nisei who experienced the displacement and internment are well into their senior years and this may be the last opportunity for a community-wide event to honour their courage, stoicism and determination in enduring the hardship of losing homes, property and livelihoods during WW2 and re-establishing  their lives after the war. The luncheon is benefiting from the support of the National NAJC,  the Momiji Health Care Society, the Toronto Buddhist Church and the JCCC Historical Committee and donors GG Electronics and Marty Kobayashi.  Along with a  Bento box lunch, there will be live entertainment and a photo exhibit of life in the internment camps.
  • TorontoNAJC is pleased to be one of the supporters  of the community speaker series  “We Should Know Each Other”    JC author Joy Kogawa  developed the idea  for the series and it was organized by a committee of volunteers  of  St Andrew’s Japanese Anglican Congregation.   The series ran from the fall of 2016 through the spring of 2017 and featured many interesting speakers of Japanese ancestry who spoke candidly of their heritage.
  • The chapter supported a concert featuring 92 year old Roy Miya, a Nisei  jazz musician and resident of Castleview Wychwood Towers  in September.    The concert also featured  JC dancer  Kay Fujiwara,  musician Bruce Tatemichi, and  singer/writer  Terry Watada.
  • Board member Michiko Yano Shuttleworth successfully organized a  workshop on cosplay costume making  at Steamlabs  in Toronto.   The event was cosponsored by TorontoNAJC , Steamlabs and the National NAJC .  The workshop offered all levels an opportunity to work with the latest materials and learn a few tricks of the trade from Michiko who is professional costume designer .
  • Sadly, this year David Fujino who was a recent past president of the chapter passed away unexpectedly. His devotion to the JC community and the arts were clearly reflected in his monthly columns in the The Bulletin magazine.   In July a special celebration in memory of David was held at the JCCC  which was attended by many of his friends and associates.
  • A highlight for the chapter in 2017 was to provide a large donation to the Momiji Health Care Society’s campaign to replace their aging shuttlebus. The specially equipped bus was delivered in September and is safely transporting Momiji residents to essential medical appointments and other outings.
  • The chapter continued to provide annual financial support to the Japanese Social Services [JSS] Agency  and  the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day Coalition.   In addition the chapter was pleased to have responded  to  an urgent call from the JSS for special financial assistance to keep their “Konichiwa” visitation program in operation.  It is an important program which allows JSS staff to visit the infirm and isolated  of the JC community.  Also a grant was given to the Japanese Canadian Baseball League’s  50th Anniversary Celebration.
  • Boardmember Michiko Yano Shuttleworth is working on a project to commemorate the Eatonville hotel building site with a historical plaque in Southwestern Ontario which housed many Nisei men assigned to forced labor on area farms for the during    The project is funded by the National NAJC and is working in collaboration with the local municipality.
  • Board members  Randy and Janet  Sakauye  represented  the chapter at the NAJC Annual General Meeting held in Ottawa this September  which was also attended by  TorontoNAJC Board member  Michiko Yano Shuttleworth  who  serves as  Secretary of the National Executive Board of the NAJC.

We respectfully ask for your support by renewing your membership for 2018. Also we welcome new members.   Membership includes an annual subscription to The Bulletin : A Journal of JC Community, History and Culture magazine  (please see membership form below)


2017 Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC

Yosh Inouye Janet Sakauye
Randy Sakauye, Treasurer Toku Suyama
Ron Shimizu, Secretary Bruce Tatemichi, A/President & Vice President
Michiko Yano Shuttleworth Kim Uyede-Kai


Toronto NAJC 2018 Membership form

Unstamped envelopes can be dropped off at the following locations:
-JCCC – Front Desk
-Momiji Centre – Reception  (mail slot)
-Toronto Buddhist Church – office