MANY THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS

Another Successful Bazaar!
_MG_9203-1500Volunteers are the heart and soul of Tonari Gumi, and their dedication to our organization is probably not any more evident than their efforts that go into our annual bazaar. The many hours preparing all of the delicious food; organizing and set-up of the event; the sales of food, gifts and kimonos; manning the doors and clean-up are all done by our volunteers who contribute their personal time knowing that this fundraising event will help support the service needs of our community.

Of these many volunteers, we would like to recognize and thank the following people who have been giving to our organization and community for many years: Mr. Harry Kishi probably most noted for his delicious saba-zushi; Mrs. Yoshie Omura and her team for making our renowned manju; Yukio Moizumi for his sushi making expertise and Mrs. Shizuko Mikurube who makes the best chirashi-zushi you will ever try. _MG_9213-1500Their help, knowledge and experience have contributed greatly to a lot of the traditional food made for and sold at the bazaar this, and every year.

A special thank you to Canfisco and Ocean Brands Seafood Co. for their donations as the seafood delicacies we prepare for the bazaar and our meal program would not be possible without their ongoing support.

And of course, thank you to everyone who attended this year and we look forward to seeing you at Tonari Gumi for a visit, program or one of our fundraising events in 2016.

On behalf of our members, volunteers, staff and Board of Directors, have a safe and happy holiday season.
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Don’t Miss Tonari Gumi’s 10th Annual Christmas Concert on Nov. 29!

This year’s 10th Annual Tonari Gumi community Christmas Concert will be on Sunday, November 29th starting at 2:00 p.m. at X'mas concert 2015-03Letterthe St. Matthias & St. Luke Anglican Church, 680 West 49th Ave, Vancouver (just west of the Langara & 49th Skytrain station on the Canada Line).

This is a community Christmas tradition for the whole family.

Doors open 2:00 p.m.; Concert begins at 2:30 p.m.; Reception with Refreshment & Prize Draw at 3:45 p.m.

Tickets: $20 adults, $12 youth (3-18)

To purchase tickets please visit Tonari Gumi at 101-42 W.8th Ave, Vancouver, B.C.

Tel: 604-687-2172

See you there!

Tonari Gumi’s New Executive Director and Director of Development

As a busy 2015 draws to a close, we say farewell and happy retirement to David Iwaasa. We deeply thank David for his six years of tremendous hard work and wish him well in his next adventure. Finding a successor for such a key person is not easy, but Tonari Gumi has been fortunate to find a new leader who has the right experience and most importantly, the passion for Tonari Gumi, to take us to the next level.

Les Fugeta

Les Fugeta

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Les Fugeta will join us as the new Executive Director, starting November 1. And, we are equally excited to welcome Josh Coward as the Director of Fundraising, a new role that will help us create a strategy and structure to the critical area of fundraising.

This new structure is possible only because both of these fine candidates are working part time with specific responsibilities. Les will use his management skills to modernize how Tonari Gumi operates so that we can maximize our wonderful centre. You may remember him as a previous Director or from when he helped with the building renovations.

Josh Coward

Josh Coward

Josh will bring his expertise and experience in the Nikkei community to establish a set of fundraising programs that will boost Tonari Gumi towards financial independence.

This organizational structure is new for Tonari Gumi, but we feel it is the right arrangement for this point in time. In its 40 year history, Tonari Gumi has always demonstrated its adaptability and resilience. Indeed, Tonari Gumi has become a pioneer in providing innovative programs to address a wider range of needs for a wider range of people. With the skills that Les and Josh each bring, we are excited about the potential for Tonari Gumi to become even stronger. We are confident that Tonari Gumi’s evolution is on the right path, and we look forward to the exciting things to come.

I hope all of our members and supporters will join us in warmly welcoming Les and Josh to the team. They are eager to meet everyone and excited to help Tonari Gumi in its mission to help the community. If you have questions or suggestions for Les or Josh, or for the Board, please contact Tonari Gumi at any time.

On behalf of the Tonari Gumi Board of Directors,

K.C. Sato
Chair

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