She is one of our dedicated volunteers in the Iki Iki dementia-friendly program at Nikkei Seniors Health Care & Housing Society. Kazuko’s husband Takeshi participated in the Iki Iki program from 2013-2014. After he passed away in December 2014, Kazuko began volunteering. She brings her positive energy, bilingual skills, and commitment to seniors in Iki Iki every week as a way of giving back. The Iki Iki Program is a community-based social outreach day program that helps meet the needs of adults living with dementia in the mild to moderate stages. One of its unique features is the opportunity for other seniors and volunteers to take lead roles in program delivery.
Where is “home” for you?
“My childhood home is Sea Island, Richmond, BC, and my parents are from Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan. Now, I call Champlain Heights home.”
We asked her “what does the phrase ‘Feels Like Home’ mean to you?”
“Staying home by yourself is no good. Even just once a week, people need to get out, people need to talk to people. Everyone should know about Nikkei Place and the [Iki Iki] program!”
Sharing your life experiences and stories are great way to connect people with one another. We encourage you to share your stories of home and what it means to you with the community by filling out the form here.