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In solidarity with the LGTBQ2 Community

As Pride parades and events are underway, many are taking the opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting. The signs say “never forget” and some list the names of the 49 who lost their lives in…

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Congratulations to the 2016 Graduates of the Vancouver Japanese Language School

It was an honour to address the 2016 Graduates, their families, and the students at the Vancouver Japanese Language School graduation ceremony.
Their hard work and dedication with the support of their families resulted in their success which will be longer…

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Moving Forward in British Columbia

“Activism is my rent for living on the planet.” ~ Alice Walker
Surrey-Whalley was represented at the BC NDP Forward Conference in Kamloops. It was an energizing weekend with activists who are interested in creating a more equitable, sustainable society. We have…

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GVJCCA is honoured with a Community Builder Award

Thank you to the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society for another fabulous celebration of Asian Canadian history, arts, and culture. At the 20th anniversary explorASIAN recognition gala, the Japanese Canadian community was recognized and Community Builder Awards were given to…

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Honouring Our People

Honouring Our People: Breaking the Silence is a new book published by the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association. The book launch took place today and it was so wonderful to have some of the storytellers with us.
This has been…

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May is Asian Heritage Month

It’s been a hectic Asian Heritage Month which started at the opening on April 16 in the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre. We experienced a taste of the art, music, spoken word, and history that people could expect for the month….

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Social Media Lives Forever

I’m reading about a BC Liberal candidate who is withdrawing from next year’s election, because he states his “controversial tweets he had posted had become a “distraction” to his candidacy and family responsibilities.”  One of his tweets to me is…

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Happy Vaisakhi Surrey!

[With NDP leader John Horgan at the 2015 Vaisakhi parade.]
 
Over 350,000 people jammed into the streets of Surrey for the annual Vaisakhi parade. It’s a huge cultural event, and a great way to engage with a community. The day marks…

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Celebrating the birth of William Shakespeare

Yes, I know it’s the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare, but did you know the day of his birth was also the day of his death. He was born on April 23, 1564. And I would rather celebrate his birth…

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Happy National Canadian Film Day!

April 20, 2016 is National Canadian Film Day. I’m hosting a pop-up screening during our lunch break at work. I’ll be showing Working People: A History of Labour in British Columbia,  produced by our public broadcaster, Knowledge Network and Landrock Entertainment….

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