In Memory of Joan Akemi Miki (March 1931 – March 2012)
Prepared by Dr. Pat Miki
This April, Joan Miki left close to $60,000 in her will to the Nikkei Place Foundation Legacy Endowment Fund. NPF Board of Directors and Staff are grateful for her generosity.
Joan was born in 1931 in a small Abbotsford hospital. She spent her first 10 years on a farm about two kilometers west of Bradner, BC. Following the evacuation period and post secondary education, Joan returned to Vancouver in the late fifties and worked in laboratories at VGH and Shaughnessy hospitals, specializing in nuclear medicine. Her last position was teaching at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, in the Department of Nuclear Medicine.
Joan’s earlier involvement with the Nikkei community was in helping her parents in managing the annual bazaar at the Surrey Japanese United Church. She became a strong supporter of Nikkei Place when her mother was living at New Sakura-so and watched the construction of the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. Joan enjoyed many functions at Nikkei Place and she was a strong financial supporter.
Joan had many interests. She did a lot of craft work, including stained glass and making teddy bears; she also maintained a much-admired, well manicured yard and garden. She could also maintain the yard equipment, changing the engine oil of her lawnmower or changing the spark plugs. Joan also travelled extensively throughout Europe as well as China and New Zealand and she had many friends in various countries. She was a gracious hostess to many of those that visited her.
If you would like more information on the Nikkei Place Foundation Legacy Endowment Fund, please contact the Nikkei Place Foundation at 604.777.2122 or email us at [email protected]