CBC’s Margaret Gallagher to Emcee This Year’s Sake Tasting Night


We are thrilled to have Margaret Gallagher, host of CBC Radio One’s Hot Air, be the emcee of our 14th Annual Premium Sake Tasting Night on October 10th 2015. Ms. Gallagher has been a regular part of CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition since 2001, and was the BC host of CBC Radio 2’s Canada Live.

In addition to her award-winning work on the radio, Ms. Gallagher is actively involved in community outreach. She has tirelessly donated her time and efforts in supporting many Vancouver groups and has hosted a variety of arts and community events, including: UBC & SFU Alumni Associations, Asian Heritage Month, The Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Folk Music Festival and Hapa-pooloza. She was also involved with Ganbare Japan!, a benefit concert held for those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, Japan.

Please join us for an incredible night of premium sake offerings, great food and silent auction/raffle draws. Tickets are available here.

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Source: CBC Media Centre – Bio – Margaret Gallagher






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Volunteers are at the heart of everything that Tonari Gumi does.IMG_0030c Without their service, we would not be able to deliver the vast variety of different programs and services which benefit the lives of our seniors within the community. On Saturday, August 29th, more than 70 of our many volunteers gathered to be fed, entertained and honoured. Our dedicated volunteers serve in a vast array of different activities, ranging from the following: planning and preparing our thrice weekly healthy and delicious Japanese lunches; preparing for and teaching dozens of classes, workshops and exercise activities each week; planning, IMG_0032cpurchasing and preparing a weekly Japanese lunch for Japanese Canadian residents at the Royal Arch Seniors Residence; providing a welcome friendly visit for more than 20 seniors at various care facilities who are isolated due to language and cultural barriers; helping frail and dementia challenged seniors to participate in programs specifically designed for them; delivering a Japanese lunch to homebound seniors; assisting low-income seniors to prepare their income tax returns; accompanying seniors to medical and government appointments to assist in interpreting; and helping at our many fundraising activities, including the Powell Street Festival, our annual golf tournament, our bazaars, concerts and Tonari Gumi’s famous Premium Sake Tasting Night.

_MG_6954On Saturday’s Volunteer Appreciation Party, in addition to a delicious lunch catered by Izumi-ya, the talented Michael Ouchi regaled everyone with his unique and creative balloon art objects_MG_6963 and the “Za Daikon” theatre group entertained with songs and a rousing Japanese sword fight. Participants were also presented with a certificate of appreciation from Tonari Gumi. Special thanks also goes to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who were so kind as to provide their spacious church facilities for free_MG_7070 for this enjoyable and rewarding IMG_0045cevent.

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