Jim Pattison Leasing is a Silver Sponsor for the 3rd Annual TG & JCCA Golf Tournament

Jim Pattison Leasing is a Silver Sponsor for the 3rd Annual Tonari Gumi and the Greater Vancouver JCCA Joint Golf Tournament taking place at Meadow Gardens Golf Club on Sunday, June 14.  Jim Pattison Leasing has been a very loyal sponsor of this event which will provide funding for Tonari Gumi’s many programs to assist seniors within the Japanese Canadian community and to help maintain the new Seniors Drop-In and Community Outreach Centre at 42 West 8th Avenue in Vancouver.  It is thanks to very generous and community minded businesses like Jim Pattison Leasing that enables Tonari Gumi and the JCCA to reach out and help as many people as they do.  A very warm thank you to Jim Pattison Leasing!Jim Pattison Lease

Drive a Ball to Help Our Seniors!

20140622_TG_Golf-55Ordinarily driving a golf ball would not be considered an important charitable act. However, on Sunday, June 14th, Tonari Gumi and the Greater Vancouver JCCA will be holding their 3rd Annual Joint Golf Tournament at Meadow Gardens Golf Club. Not only will the golfers be trying to lower their scores, they will also be scoring for the hundreds of seniors and their care-givers who depend on Tonari Gumi for wholesome activities and for respite from the daily challenges of caring for our elders. Through Tonari Gumi’s many programs, and in particular, from its Iki Iki (lively, lively) programs for the frail and those in the early stages of dementia, caregivers are given 20140622_TG_Golf-100a break as they can leave their seniors at Tonari Gumi where they know they will be safe, enjoy social inter-action and receive a tasty and healthy Japanese meal. For the seniors, themselves, they get to receive the undivided attention of cheerful and attentive volunteers and staff, to have the chance to meet with and chat with their friends, and to learn new things. Seniors also get the chance to help each other and to feel that they are valued and useful.

This golf tournament is a major fund-raiser which will help to maintain all of these essential programs and to ensure that the new Tonari Gumi remains in top shape so that our seniors can be safe and enjoy their activities in a clean and homey atmosphere.20140622_TG_Golf-91 Driving, chipping and putting the ball this coming Sunday will definitely help in “Making It A Home” for our seniors. Dozens of businesses and individuals are also contributing to this event by sponsoring and providing support for this event. You don’t have to get a great score to be a winner at this tournament.

However, if you do get a great score, you will have a chance to win some wonderful prizes.20140622_TG_Golf-70 Also for the first time, thanks to the support from the Investors Group, there is a $5,000 prize for a hole in one and everyone participating in this tournament will be entered in the Investors Group’s prize draw for a free trip for two to the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Florida. Wow, what an exciting opportunity. If you are interested in having a great time, while contributing to our seniors, please click here.

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Japanese Canadian Community to Build Awareness to Stop Elder Abuse!

Elderly-HandsTonari Gumi as the lead organization in partnership with the Greater Vancouver JCCA, the Nikkei Senior Health Care & Housing Society and the Steveston Japanese Canadian Cultural Center has recently been awarded a major grant to help reduce elder abuse.  Tonari Gumi will be spearheading a three part program over the next year to reduce elder abuse within the Japanese Canadian Community by

1) raising awareness

2) training seniors and caregivers to recognize and respond, and

3) building community collaboration to eliminate elder abuse.

>> Awareness Raising:  Under this project, a part-time bilingual coordinator, together with a team of volunteers, would translate and adapt existing prevention and awareness information on elder abuse and disseminate this information in both English and Japanese through posters, web pages, the local Japanese language press and media.  A local drama group consisting of Japanese seniors would also be recruited to produce short skits which reveal different aspects of elder abuse and would be understandable for all generations.  Using these skits, a series of awareness raising seminars will be conducted first in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and other communities in the Lower Mainland and subsequently elsewhere in B.C. in cooperation with our partner organizations.

>> Training to Recognize and Respond to Elder Abuse:  The part-time coordinator would also organize a series of bilingual workshops in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and other communities to train seniors, caregivers and community leaders to recognize when elder abuse is taking place and how to take action to protect seniors from such abuse.  Training expertise would be drawn from the local community (police, financial institutions, medical and psychological professionals) to deal with financial, physical and psychological aspects of elder abuse.

>> Build Community Collaboration:  Together with our partner organizations within the community, a team would be developed to work from Tonari Gumi and serve as a referral point for individuals seeking assistance with respect to elder abuse.  For the duration of the project period, a hotline telephone number would be established where individuals could seek advice in Japanese.  Objective would be to continue to maintain this hotline after the end of the project period.  Seminar and workshop material would also be made available to other Japanese Canadian communities in B.C. and throughout Canada to assist them in raising awareness regarding elder abuse.

Individuals who are interested in the issue of elder abuse within the community should contact Tonari Gumi to express their views.  In addition, a staffing call will be coming out shortly to recruit a dynamic individual to become our part-time bilingual coordinator.  Will be reporting again to keep everyone informed.

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