On Thursday, March 21st, Joji Kumagai, representing Tonari Gumi, and Gary Matson, representing the Greater Vancouver JCCA, formally signed a Joint Venture Agreement, linking the two organizations together in managing the new facility being renovated at 42 West 8th Avenue in Vancouver. This new facility is to become the new home for Tonari Gumi and its seniors’ drop-in and community outreach centre. However, at the same time, this new centre will be a focal point for the Japanese Canadian community in Vancouver and a place where the JCCA will be able to hold many of its activities. Hopefully, this event will signal a new era of increased cooperation within the community as each of the different organizations join together to meet important community needs. Joji Kumagai pointed out that the JCCA’s contribution of the proceeds of the sale of its building at 511 East Broadway to the cost of the renovations at the new facility was a crucial input in helping to create a new centre for the community. “We are excited to be working together with the JCCA on this key project and look forward to a long and positive partnership in working for the community.”
However, additional funding is still required and those wishing to contribute to the joint Tonari Gumi and the Greater Vancouver JCCA “Home Away from Home” Building Fund Drive can do so by clicking here.