Staffing Opportunities – Executive Director Position  

Executive Director Position                                 [Posted on February 8, 2018]

Tonari Gumi Vancouver is seeking an Executive Director to oversee the leadership and management of this vital, grass roots Japanese Canadian non-profit organization.   Since 1974, Tonari Gumi has been inspiring Japanese Canadian seniors and other generations through social, recreational and educational programs and services for the betterment of the Japanese Canadian community.

The ideal candidate will be a natural leader with proven team building skills who has the ability to exercise compassion, inclusion and thoughtfulness while leading a team of volunteers and staff. A strong personal connection to the Japanese Canadian culture as well as the ability to speak Japanese will be a definite asset. Working closely with the Tonari Gumi board, the Executive Director will be responsible for the general oversight, administrative, fiscal management and continued stability of the organization. The Executive Director will further develop and manage the key areas of operations, fundraising, staffing, finance and budgeting, marketing and communications, community outreach, and stakeholder relations. The position will report to the Tonari Gumi Board of Directors and a competitive salary will be considered based on the individual’s qualifications.

Detailed information on the position is available upon request. Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a resume in confidence to

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

City of Vancouver grants Tonari Gumi with 2017 Social Service Community Service Grant

City of Vancouver approved Tonari Gumi with 2017 Social Service Community Service Grant. This grant will be used to provide various services we offer through out a year.


Tonari Gumi 10th Annual Christmas Concert

Well over $20,000 was raised just at this event at the St. Matthias & St. Luke Anglican Church as performers throughout our community volunteered their time to come together to sing at our annual benefit concert. The majority of the proceeds will go towards the purchase of a new van that will be used to serve the needs of our community.

Special thanks to our performers: the Vancouver Japanese Language School Choir, the Ensemble Bouquet, Ayako Komaki and her accompanist Munekazu Shiya, and the Tonari Gumi Singers conducted by Kumiko Naito and accompanied by Hiroko Sheppard.

One volunteer did all of the great creative design work for our concert programs, tickets, donation forms and posters; as well as authoring our concert promotion articles in Oops, Fraser and the Bulletin, an extra special thanks to Miki Hayakaze.

And of course all of the other volunteers and Tonari Gumi staff who looked after our parking, reception, refreshments, gift draw and clean-up, thank you for your time and efforts as well!

And lastly, this hugely successful day would not have been possible at all, were it not for the committed efforts of our Christmas Concert Organizing Committee: Midori Seo, Chris Nakahori, Sanae Moteki, Yasuko Yamazaki and Mariko Fukushima. So Many Thanks to You All!

This event is a shining example of the Tonari Gumi Heart of: COMMUNITY Spirit, COMMUNITY Caring and COMMUNITY Support; and the Body that holds this Heart are the many VOLUNTEERS who donate their time to help with our programs, services and special events like our Christmas Concert.

Merry Christmas and the Best of the Holiday Season to Everyone!

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