Nikkei Seniors Health Care announces a $1 million gift from Jane Nimi in memory of Robert Nimi

Burnaby, BC  November 01, 2016 –Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society, is honoured to announce that it has received a $1 million gift from Jane Nimi, a long time supporter and volunteer in the Japanese Canadian community. “This gift is in memory of my late husband Robert Nimi, he was dedicated to the care of seniors and wanted to see this happen during his lifetime. Today, we are giving this gift of his dream to the Society” said Jane Nimi, wife of the late Robert Nimi.

With this generous tranformational gift from the Nimis’, Nikkei Home is embarking on a renovation project that will enable seniors to reside longer at the assisted living residences by incorporating design and equipment. Cathy Makihara, executive director for the Society offered “The renovated suites will allow seniors to continue to enjoy the life they created at Nikkei Home for years to come. And, with the development of a larger and more spacious activity room, seniors will be able to enjoy a greater number of healthy activities for both body and mind. This donation will make a significant impact for seniors, and fits with Nikkei Place’s theme this year of Feels Like Home.”

“It is incredibly exciting and we are greatly honored and appreciative of Jane’s and the family gift. This is a wonderful gift through which we celebrate our long and close friendship with Jane and remember fondly working side by side with Bob.” said Society president Ruth Coles.

Renovation is expected to begin in early 2017, and the Society will be proudly unveiling the new name of Robert Nimi Nikkei Home on November 16, 2016.  Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society operates with funding from the provincial government and the incredible support of donors, volunteers and staff.

 

For more information:

Cathy Makihara
Executive Director, Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society
604-777-5000 (ext 2003) or cmakihara@nikkeiplace.org

CAD  2016 Thank you

An incredibly successful Community Awards + Fundraising Dinner in support of our ‘Nikkei Place: Feels Like Home’ initiative

On Saturday, September 24th, 2016 we celebrated and honoured four of our Nikkei community leaders at our Community Awards + Fundraising Dinner presented by Canadian Tire!

We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came and supported the event, and we hope you enjoyed the evening! Your support benefits Nikkei Place: Feels Like Home  our initiative to make Nikkei Place a second home for all to enjoy.

It was truly a night of inspiration, listening to the rich stories and accomplishments of our awardees. We feel thankful many of you came to celebrate with us as we honoured Dr. Akira Horii, Mr. Takeo Yamashiro, Ms. Yoko Matsuno and Mr. John Endo Greenaway for their immense service to the Nikkei Community and to Canada. This year also marked the first time we were able to award the Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary – congratulations once again to Beth Kamimura!


Thanks to the generosity of our community, together we were able to raise over $100,000 in a single evening before event expenses for our Feels Like Home initiative.


The Board of Directors and staff of Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre and Nikkei Place Foundation thank everyone — the awardees, guests, sponsors, donors, presenters and volunteers — for helping make this year’s Awards Dinner a remarkable success, and we hope to see everyone back again next year!

We invite you to view and share photos from the event with your friends below or connect with us on our facebook page!

Thank you once again for your support!

Photography by Manto Nakamura

 


Questions? Contact Nikkei Place Foundation at gifts@nikkeiplace.org or 604.777.2122

物部 : Warrior Spirit, the Bravery and Honour of Japanese Canadian soldiers in the First World War exhibit

New Warrior Spirit Exhibit Opening:
October 8, 2016 at Nikkei National Museum

Sgt Masumi Mitsui and Masajiro Shishido of the 10th Battalion in uniform before departure 1916

NNM 2014-10-1-10: Sgt Masumi Mitsui and Masajiro Shishido of the 10th Battalion in uniform before departure 1916

Exhibit runs:
October 8, 2016 – Jan 15, 2017

Beginning in early 1916, over 200 Japanese Canadian recruits began military training in Vancouver. This was a time when the Japanese in Canada had no right to vote, and yet they felt called to serve the country they identified as their home. Over 222 soldiers from the Japanese Canadian Volunteer Corps fought in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, participating in the major battles of the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Lens, Avion, Hill 70, Passchendaele, Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, Denain, Valenciennes, Mons. Fifty-five were killed or died of their wounds. Only six came home uninjured.  Letters from the front describe the exemplary and fearless fighting of Japanese Canadians who won thirteen military medals for bravery. Despite demonstrated loyalty to Canada, these veterans were still denied the vote until 1931. As well, during the Second World War, their military service was ignored and they were included in the mass internment of Japanese Canadians. This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the loyalty, dedication, courage, and commitment to a better Canada from the early community of Nikkei in Canada.


Public Events

Vimy Day commemoration:  April 9, 2016
War Memorial, Stanley Park, in conjunction with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
2-4pm, including reception at the Stanley Park Rowing Club

Mountain View Cemetery plaque unveiling and walking tour: August 6, 2016
10am. More information here.

Warrior Spirit Exhibit Opening: October 8, 2016
3-5pm at Nikkei National Museum. Free admission.

Zennosuke Inouye re-enactment: November 5, 2016
2pm
50 minute performance followed by talkback session with actor Kevin Takahide Lee & Writer/Director Yvette Dudley-Neuman. Special performance of moments from the life of a Nikkei First World War veteran. Free admission. Please RSVP to jcnm@nikkeiplace.org

Remembrance Day ceremony: November 11 , 2016
11am
Remembrance Day ceremony at the Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park, Vancouver. Followed by reception.

Hiroshima talk by Sachi Rummel: November 26, 2016
2pm
Free admission. Please RSVP to jcnm@nikkeiplace.org

Iki Iki Program

Nikkei Seniors launches the Iki Iki (Lively, Lively!) dementia friendly program toolkit

Iki Iki Lively Lively! is a pioneer day program for seniors living with dementia, and for seniors requiring easier-paced activities. One of its unique features is the opportunity for other seniors and volunteers to take lead roles in program delivery.

Nikkei Seniors has created an Iki Iki (Lively, Lively!) program toolkit (available in English, Japanese, and French) that aims to help any community group, organization or individuals launch their own version of their Iki Iki (Lively, Lively!) dementia-friendly social day program.

Click here to find out more about their community programs or click the image below to find out more about their Iki Iki (Lively, Lively!) program toolkit.

Iki Iki Program Toolkit

Toyota Foundation + Nikkei Place Foundation

Toyota Canada Foundation Invests in Vancouver’s Future Leaders with $25,000 Donation to Nikkei Place Foundation

Volunteer Experience at NNMCC

A young volunteer gets some hands-on experience at the Nikkei Matsuri Family Festival in Burnaby, BC.  The Toyota Canada Foundation recently announced that it will support volunteerism and mentorship programs at Nikkei Place.

 

VANCOUVER, B.C. July 18, 2016 – The Toyota Canada Foundation is donating $25,000 to Vancouver’s Nikkei Place Foundation to support volunteering and mentorship programs for future leaders.

The donation will directly support Nikkei Place Foundation’s “Future Leaders – Volunteer and Mentorship Development” initiative by providing leaders of tomorrow with important tools and support through comprehensive volunteering and mentorship programming.

Committed to the growth of Canada’s future generations, the Toyota Canada Foundation is strongly focused on advancing educational initiatives. The donation builds upon this long-standing commitment through the Nikkei Place Foundation and its promise to educate, engage and develop future leaders in the community.

“The Toyota Canada Foundation is committed to partnering with like-minded future-focused organizations and investing in programs that educate and develop Canada’s next generations,” said Larry Hutchinson, President, Toyota Canada Foundation. “We’re proud to support the Nikkei Place Foundation with their efforts to foster the growth of future leaders.”

“Programs such as the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre’s Future Leaders initiative encompass the Nikkei Place Foundation’s commitment to community volunteerism and mentorship,” stated Robert Banno, President, Nikkei Place Foundation. “With the fantastic support of Toyota Canada Foundation, we are able to bring this leading edge initiative to reality.”

 

About the Toyota Canada Foundation

The Toyota Canada Foundation is a national not-for-profit, private charitable foundation, with a long-standing commitment to the Environment, Education and Safety. The Foundation supports charitable and non-profit organizations dedicated to good work in these areas.

 

About Nikkei Place Foundation

Nikkei Place Foundation is here to ensure that Nikkei Place is supported for future generations to learn, share and enjoy in all that Nikkei Place has to offer — Japanese Canadian history, cultural traditions and exchange, community interaction, and supportive services for all ages and backgrounds.