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.

TG Hiking Club’s Road Trip to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Tonari Gumi Hiking Club has visited Fairmont Hot Springs Resort near Banff National Park on April 2nd to 5th to complete successful 2016 club activities.

We were able to spend relaxing time together in the middle of BC’s vast natural beauty. Despite a long drive to BC Alberta border (11 hours one way!), everyone enjoyed scenic drive in high spirit. The group drove Highway No. 1 to Kamloops, Golden through Radium Hot Springs to Fairmont Hot Spring. Visited Kimberly, a town with highest altitude in BC, for hiking and natural hot springs, Lussier Hot Springs on next day. We decided to drive Highway No. 3 to Vancouver, which took us through many small towns familier to JC community, Cranbrook, Greenwood, Rossland and Osoyoos. Many Japanese were forced to intern during WWII. Remembering JC communities’ history, their perseverance and effort and hardship they faced, for which next generations of Japanese immigrants are forever grateful.

This trip was my last project as Tonari Gumi staff. I have enjoyed working together with various members and volunteers. I will be continue joining hiking club activities as a volunteer. I would like to thank you for your support and hope to see you at Tonari Gumi.

Masako Arima

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