Season’s Greetings everyone!
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizen’s Association and our families, I would like to extend a special Merry Christmas and Holiday Season to each and every one of our members, your families, and the Nikkei community at large. Although this time of year is mainly considered a Christian holiday season, I have always liked to think that in celebrating the holiday season we can support all denominations, whether it’s through special words or gifts of kindness. This applies in particular to our children, our friends and the needy. This time of year is when we also prepare to say goodbye to the current year and prepare for the new one. This coming year will be of special interest as the 2010 Olympics will be held here in the Greater Vancouver area.
The GVJCCA Nihongo Committee will be holding an Intermarriage Workshop with guest speaker Dr Noda on December 15th at Tonari Gumi from 7:00 pm. Translators will be available for this interesting event.
The Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association will be holding its annual Keiro-kai at the Nikkei Centre, located at 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, on Jan 9, 2010. The program will run from 12noon to 3pm. Keiro-kai is a community event that the GVJCCA holds to recognize our Nikkei seniors aged 70 years and older. Our seniors have built the community we enjoy today and provide inspiration to us, particularly in terms of how we’d like to raise our future generation. Please register at Tonari Gumi at 604.687.2172. Volunteers, please phone Shag Ando at 604.922.9226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Nikkei Community New Year’s Party (Shinnen-kai) will be held at Nikkei Place on January 16th. Tickets ($40 before January 1, 2010, $45 after that) and all other additional information are available through Nikkei Place 604.777.5000, the GVJCCA or any of the other participating community organizations.
The Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday March 20, 2010, at Nikkei Place from 2-4 PM. We will graciously accept new nominations for our Board of Directors by contacting the GVJCCA office at 604.777.5222 or email email@example.com.
On behalf of the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association and all its Committees, I would like to extend a “Happy Holiday Season!” to all our membership and members of our Japanese Canadian community. Be safe and considerate to your fellow human beings.
Ron Nishimura, President Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association