On Thursday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m., Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and for Western Economic Diversification and MP for North Vancouver, announced before an enthusiastic gathering of Tonari Gumi and JCCA supporters that $210,090 had been granted to support the renovation and completion of Tonari Gumi’s Seniors Drop-In and Community Outreach Centre at 42 West 8th Avenue in Vancouver.
In making the announcement on behalf of the Minister of Western Economic Diversification, Mr. Saxton stated: “Our Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities across Canada…we are helping boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for Canadians.”
The Chair of the Japanese Community Volunteers Association (Tonari Gumi), Mr. Joji Kumagai, stated: “We are extremely appreciative of the support which we will be receiving from the Federal Government. With this funding, we will be able to create a larger and more accessible facility for a greater number of our seniors and others needing assistance within the community.”
The Federal Government’s investment, together with the amazing outpouring of support which has come from throughout the community in the form of both financial and in-kind donations and volunteer service, will help support the Japanese Community Volunteers Association in renovating and upgrading the Tonari Gumi Seniors’ Drop-In and Community Outreach Centre. Upgrades to the Centre will include the creation of a new lounge, kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, washrooms, library and the installation of an elevator to improve the building’s safety and make it more welcoming and accessible for community members.
Following the announcement, Parliamentary Secretary Saxton and Tonari Gumi Chair, Joji Kumagai, unveiled a “Canada’s Economic Action Plan” poster in front of the new building. The photos were taken by TG volunteer, Tatum Wulff.