4th Community Awards and Fundraising Dinner

On Saturday, September 20, over 250 guests and volunteers joined together at Nikkei Centre to recognize the Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall, the Steveston Buddhist Temple and the JCCA Bulletin for the  Outstanding Community Service Award at the 4th Nikkei Place Community Awards and Fundraising Dinner presented by Canadian Tire. As well, David Suzuki was awarded the Nikkei Place Lifetime Achievement Award. Emceed by Justin Ault, owner of Hapa Izakaya and Nikkei Centre Board member, and Stephanie Florian, CTV Weathercaster, the evening was kicked off by Chibi Taiko performers Emiko Newman and Becky Jang. Guests were also treated to entertainment featuring Satsuki Kai led by Yoko Matsuno, hip hop dancing by Yoshi and a special performance by Moe Kida who was the winner of the children’s category of this year’s Nikkei’s Got Talent. The highlight of the evening was the speech made by David Suzuki where he talked very personally about his family upbringing. David Suzuki was joined by his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, some family members, and Dan Nomura and Paul Kariya – two former Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre Board members. The fundraising drive, “Answer the Call,” raised $84,000 of its $100,000 goal. Funds raised will be used to help purchase “Call Buttons” for Nikkei Home residents and to help maintain the beautiful Nikkei Garden. Nine year-old child performer, Moe Kida, donated back her $100 honorarium to help “Answer the Call.” Thanks, Moe! If you would like to make a gift, please contact Nikkei Place Foundation at 604.777.2122 or gifts@nikkeiplace.org. Thank you very much.