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The Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association (GVJCCA) is a non-profit organization that builds communities, and advocates for social justice primarily for people in Canada of Japanese heritage, and their families. The GVJCCA is the publisher of The Bulletin/Geppo, a journal of Japanese Canadian community, history & culture.


Two events done, one to go! Join us on May 20!

City of Surrey

GVJCCA Discover the Stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey and learn how to share your family stories using poetry with Surrey Poet Laureate Renée Sarojini Saklikar on May 20th at Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Dr, Surrey, from 1 to 4 p.m.  Join the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens' Association (GVJCCA) at this free event celebrating the stories of pioneer families who struggled and survived, and hear directly from descendants. Enjoy taiko drumming by Chibi Taiko and refreshments. If you have stories, experiences, and family histories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey, please share them with us. If you are able to join us in person please come and share your stories. Join us even if you don't have stories. We need to learn and share our stories. It's an important part of our country's history and must not be forgotten. Please email gvjcca@gmail.com or phone 604.777.5222 for more information or if you would like to share a story, but are unable to attend. Selected stories will be posted on our website and on display at the Surrey City Centre Library.

 

 


 

We are hiring!

We were successful in our application for a Canada Summer Jobs Grant for three summer student positions. The GVJCCA will be hiring for the positions to start in June 2017. We will be looking for an Event Coordinator whose primary responsibility is organizing our major fundraiser, the GVJCCA Wild Salmon BBQ and Musubi food booth, at the 2017 Powell Street Festival, an Archival Assistant who will be helping us go through our historical information and digitize our archives, and a Communications Administrator who will be helping with our communications, producing content for our website, social media, and organizing and maintaining our online community calendar. All three positions will also help with our special events that take place during the summer.

The eligibility requirements include being a full-time student with plans to return to full-time studies in the upcoming academic year and being legally entitled to work in BC. Please see the complete eligibility requirements and job descriptions in the job postings in the news section. If you are interested in applying for a position and meet the eligibility requirements, please email a resume and covering letter outlining your interest and suitability for the position to GVJCCA President at gvjcca@gmail.com 


We are also seeking part-time administrative assistance for 5 hours per week.

Key accountabilities include processing memberships and donations, updating financial records, paying invoices, responding to phone messages and emails, and provide some support to GVJCCA projects. Must demonstrate proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office and Quickbooks and strong communication skills.

For more information please check the job details listed in the news section. If you are interested in applying for this position, please email a resume and covering letter outlining your interest and suitability for the position to GVJCCA President at gvjcca@gmail.com

President’s Message March 2016

by Lorene Oikawa

I pulled out my phone today and took another peek at the short video I shot at the 2nd Annual GVJCCA Japanese Canadian Community Bowl-a-thon on February 21st. Music blaring, smiling faces, and the thunder of pins being knocked down. The camera pans across the venue, and I see the bowling lanes full, with familiar and not so familiar faces, and teams of families, friends, and colleagues, who came out for a fun afternoon of bowling in Burnaby.

It was fun, and for a good cause. The Bowl-a-thon is a unique Japanese Canadian community fundraising event supporting the GVJCCA, Nikkei Place Foundation, Tonari Gumi, Powell Street Festival Society, Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall, and the Vancouver Buddhist Temple.

From young to senior, all ages participated, and we saw about 110 bowlers work their “armswing” to avoid a gutter ball and to achieve a strike. Kat Hisanaga showed us how it’s done and had the top score of 212 for male bowlers. Bowl-a-thon committee member June Nishi showed good follow-through and scored 170, the highest for the female bowlers. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all the bowlers for your participation and your pledges. Special congratulations goes to Ken Yada who repeats his win from the first Bowl-a-thon by raising the highest amount of pledges.

This successful second Bowl-a-thon is the result of great team work which includes our fabulous sponsors, donors, and volunteers. Thank you! The Bowl-a-thon committee put in countless hours meeting at the JCCA office, emailing, making phone calls, and running around to ensure the event would run smoothly. Thank you April Shimizu, Perry Nishihata, June Nishi, May Hamanishi, Yuji Matson, Rutsu Shikano, and Ken Nishi. It’s been great working with this team, and we’re already making plans for next year’s Bowl-a-thon.

Please check out the list of all the contributors, and some photos from the Bowl-a-thon HERE.

Read more . . .

Recent News

  • GVJCCA Canada Summer Jobs Positions
    GVJCCA Canada Summer Jobs Positions

    The GVJCCA has applied for the Canada Summer Jobs Grant for three summer student positions. We have been approved, and will be hiring for three positions to start in June 2017. If you are interested in applying for a position and meet the eligibility requirements, please email a resume and covering Read more →

  • GVJCCA Job Posting for Administrative Assistant
    GVJCCA Job Posting for Administrative Assistant

    Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association is seeking part-time administrative assistance for 5 hours per week. Administrative Assistant Location: GVJCCA Office is #249 – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, second floor of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre Position Purpose: The goal of the Administrative Assistant is to support the Read more →

  • JCCA Keirokai – January 21, 2017
    JCCA Keirokai – January 21, 2017

    JCCA Keirokai is our annual celebration to respect our elders. “Kei” is Japanese for honour or respect and “ro” refers to elders, and this annual event is our way to pay tribute to the seniors in our community. Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 1 to 4 p.m. Nikkei Centre, 6688 Read more →

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Honouring Our People: Breaking the Silence

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Publishing monthly since 1958, The Bulletin/Geppo is a bilingual English/Japanese journal of Japanese Canadian community, history & culture.  EXPLORE


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The GVJCCA Human Rights Committee works with and supports the Japanese Canadian community, other human rights groups, and ethno-cultural organizations to promote human rights, and combat racism and discrimination, locally and internationally.  EXPLORE


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This bilingual Japanese/English Human Rights Guide is an online resource for those with questions surrounding rights and freedoms in Canada. EXPLORE


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Japanese Canadian Young Leaders (JCYL) Vancouver is a grassroots youth collective interested in the history, politics, arts, and culture of the Japanese Canadian community. EXPLORE

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Keep up-to-date on upcoming workshops, gatherings and other events. EXPLORE


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