Three New Directors Elected at AGM

Three new individuals will be joining the Tonari Gumi Board of Directors following their election at the Annual General Meeting held in Saturday, February 26. The new directors are as follows:

Heidi Hamano
Immigrated to Canada twenty years ago. Have been active volunteer for Family Drop In for the last three years. Currently working as the only Japanese Accredited Mortgage Professional at TMG The Mortgage Group, the biggest independent mortgage firm in Western Canada. Previously worked for Japanese Chemical Film Manufacturing firm assuming a responsibility of General Manager overseeing sales and marketing activities in Europe & North America. Obtained Executive Sales and Marketing Diploma from UBC Sauder Business School. Reside in Burnaby. Hobbies are exercising and exploring different cuisines.

Joanne Kuroyama
Born and raised in Vancouver. She received both her BA in English Literature and her LLB at the University of British Columbia. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1998 and is a partner at the law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, where she practices commercial litigation. Joanne is a Nisei and enjoys visiting family in Japan.

Leslay Fugeta
I am the son of Hawley and Mytssu Fugeta of Kaleden (Penticton) BC who are long time supporters of the Tonari Gumi. The majority of my career has been in resort management; and most recently served on the VANOC planning and operations team for the 2010 Winter and Paralympic Games. My mother’s parents (Ichiji and Sugaye Sasaki) were active residents and contributors to Vancouver’s Powell Street community; and via the Tonari Gumi, I look forward to being a positive representative and contributor to our community as well.

Together with Karla Mukai and Utako Ueki who were re-elected a new two year term and returning directors, Derek Iwanaka, Motoko Reed, Joe Greenholtz, Ken Akino, Joji Kumagai, Kozue Matsumoto, Yuri Wong and Patrick Li, we are looking forward to a very active and energetic Board. Congratulations to our new Directors and our appreciation to all of the members who took the time to support Tonari Gumi and its work by attending our AGM. Our attendance was one of the largest is some time and is an indication of the strong community support that exists for Tonari Gumi and its activities and services.


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