Nikkei Place Foundation Receives A Transformational $1 Million Gift

Burnaby, BC, January 12, 2017 – On November 25, 2016, British Columbia’s well-known philanthropist, Yoshiko Karasawa of West Vancouver, has generously donated $1 million to the Nikkei Place Foundation in support of the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre.

Nikkei Place was designed to build connections between Japanese Canadians and the broader Canadian community. This leadership gift from Ms. Karasawa will contribute to the redevelopment of the Nikkei National Museum ensuring that Japanese culture, history, arts and exhibits continue to be promoted, thus building an intercultural understanding and respect for all.

Ms. Karasawa was one of the founding directors and supporters of Nikkei Place in the 1990’s. She has also contributed her time and expertise to other areas of the arts in Vancouver, particularly on the Board of the Vancouver Opera where she has focused on introducing opera to the Asian community.

“Next year marks the 140th year of a Japanese presence in Canada. Yoshiko Karasawa’s gift will make it possible to bring together our communities, share past stories and make our National Museum at Nikkei Place an even more vibrant, rich, and welcoming place,” said Robert Banno, President of Nikkei Place Foundation. “When the newly expanded museum opens in 2018, it will be the most significant contribution of Japanese Canadian culture and history since it first opened in 2002.”

Akiko Gomyo, President of Nikkei Place, added, “This donation is another example of Ms. Karasawa’s incredible generosity to the arts and culture of our community. Her leadership will help us redefine our museum – to be about exploration, visualization, sharing and education. It will be for all people”.

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For more information: Ms. Yoshiko Karasawa
Phone: (604) 921-8037

Roger Lemire
Executive Director
Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre
Phone: 604-777-7000 ext 105
Cell: 604-765-1579

Yoshiko Karasawa

Yoshiko Karasawa

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

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.