President’s Message – March 2017

More snow is forecast for Vancouver. No, you aren’t seeing things. Hopefully by the time you are reading this, the snow will have melted. I know that isn’t the case for the rest of the province or our country, but we’re just not used to snow in Vancouver. Despite what you saw on the tv news, some of us were prepared. I have proper winter tires on my car, and thanks to my brother a good supply of salt. But, as my brother says, it’s not the salt, it’s the consistent shovelling that will help you clear your driveways and sidewalks.


Some escaped the winter conditions and shovelling by travelling to sun and warm beaches, and some are still on vacation. Fortunately, we had a good turnout of people to our 3rd annual GVJCCA Japanese Canadian Community Bowl-a-thon at REVS in Burnaby. From young to senior bowlers, and teams of families too, we enjoyed bowling, eating, and a few laughs.


Congratulations to Linda Harris and Curtis for top bowling scores. Team Ian Higginson and Team Ken Yada were lucky team prize draw winners.


For some who attended our 1st and 2nd Community Bowl-a-thons, it was déjà vu, when Ken Yada was presented the prize for collecting the highest value of pledges, with a total of $1,135. Congratulations Ken Yada for your three-peat win! Nikkei Place Foundation and Tonari Gumi are the lucky recipients of his pledges. Thanks also to Perry Nishihata, Taeko Hamakawa, Aiko Hamakawa, June Nishi, Sayaka Iwanaka, Gayle Tamagi, Ken Nishi, and Linda Harris for your pledge contributions. All of the participating organizations benefit from your hard work to collect pledges.


Lucky prize winners include: Kohjun Sato, Henry Tsang, Cara Seccafien, Kenzo Yada, Darlene Hamakawa, Julie Hofer, Darryl Hall, Linda Harris, Lucas Wright, Perry Nishihata, Emiko Morita, Larry Isomura, Leslie Higginson, John Endo Greenaway, and Sylvia Ronahan.


Thanks to our major sponsors: Diamond Sponsor, Dignity Memorial (Forest Lawn and Ocean View); Gold Sponsors, The Listel Hotel, and Hapa Izakaya; and Silver Sponsor, 99 Truck Parts / 99 Industrial Parts. Thanks also to Sorab at Minuteman Press, North Burnaby for providing the Sponsorship Display Sign.


We are very grateful to all who provided prize donations: Meadow Gardens Golf Club, Consul General Asako Okai, White Spot – Kensington, Lavilletta Restaurant, REVS, Earl’s, Canfisco, Fortuna Bakery & Deli, Van Houtte, Safeway – Royal Oak, Hi Genki, Me-n-Ed’s Pizza, David’s Tea – Brentwood Mall, Mr. Ho’s, Cosmos Café.


A special thank you to our volunteers Gail Tamagi and Kamiko, and Karen Ennyu, and my fellow Community Bowl-a-thon committee members, April Shimizu, Perry Nishihata, June Nishi, Ken Nishi, and Yuji Matson.

Thank you to all who participated. It was a great afternoon, and a wonderful event bringing members of our community together. Your support benefits the community, and the GVJCCA so we can continue our work including producing a high quality publication, The Bulletin, which has helped connect people with Japanese Canadian arts, culture, and heritage for 59 years. We’ll be celebrating The Bulletin’s 60th anniversary next year. We’ll also look forward to seeing you at our 4th annual GVJCCA Japanese Canadian Community Bowl-a-thon in 2018.




This year, the GVJCCA is recognizing the 75th anniversary of the forced uprooting, dispossession, and incarceration of Canadians of Japanese ancestry. We will be revamping our community calendar on the website to list not only our activities, but also the events organized by other Japanese Canadian organizations.


As I announced in last month’s Bulletin, the GVJCCA received a grant from the City of Surrey to produce a public event on Saturday, May 20, 2017 to share the stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey. We are inviting you to share your stories, experiences, and family histories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey. Email Selected submissions will be published in The Bulletin and also on display in the week leading up to the May 20th event. The posting for a researcher/writer to help us to tell some of the stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey is on our website,


The deadline to apply for the GVCCA administrative assistant position has been extended to April 5. Details on our website.


Find out more about our plans for the rest of the year at our Annual General Meeting on March 12 at 2 p.m. Tsubaki Room at Nikkei Centre.

President Lorene Oikawa

GVJCCA President