City of Vancouver approved Tonari Gumi with 2017 Social Service Community Service Grant. This grant will be used to provide various services we offer through out a year.
Tonari Gumi 10th Annual Christmas Concert Well over $20,000 was raised just at this event at the St. Matthias & St. Luke Anglican Church as performers throughout our community volunteered their time to come together to sing at our annual benefit concert. The majority of the proceeds will go towards the purchase of a new van that will be used to serve the needs of our community. Special thanks to our performers: the Vancouver Japanese Language School Choir, the Ensemble Bouquet, Ayako Komaki and her accompanist Munekazu Shiya, and the Tonari Gumi Singers conducted by Kumiko Naito and accompanied by Hiroko Sheppard. One volunteer did all of the great creative design work for our concert programs, tickets, donation forms and posters; as well as authoring our concert promotion articles in Oops, Fraser and the Bulletin, an extra special thanks to Miki Hayakaze. And of course all of the other volunteers and Tonari Gumi staff who looked after our parking, reception, refreshments, gift draw and clean-up, thank you for your time and efforts as well! And lastly, this hugely successful day would not have been possible at all, were it not for the committed efforts of our Christmas Concert Organizing Committee: Midori Seo, Chris Nakahori, Sanae Moteki, Yasuko Yamazaki and Mariko Fukushima. So Many Thanks to You All! This event is a shining example of the Tonari Gumi Heart of: COMMUNITY Spirit, COMMUNITY Caring and COMMUNITY Support; and the Body that holds this Heart are the many VOLUNTEERS who donate their time to help with our programs, services and special events like our Christmas Concert. Merry Christmas and the Best of the Holiday Season to Everyone!
Another Successful Bazaar! Volunteers are the heart and soul of Tonari Gumi, and their dedication to our organization is probably not any more evident than their efforts that go into our annual bazaar. The many hours preparing all of the delicious food; organizing and set-up of the event; the sales of food, gifts and kimonos; manning the doors and clean-up are all done by our volunteers who contribute their personal time knowing that this fundraising event will help support the service needs of our community. Of these many volunteers, we would like to recognize and thank the following people who have been giving to our organization and community for many years: Mr. Harry Kishi probably most noted for his delicious saba-zushi; Mrs. Yoshie Omura and her team for making our renowned manju; Yukio Moizumi for his sushi making expertise and Mrs. Shizuko Mikurube who makes the best chirashi-zushi you will ever try. Their help, knowledge and experience have contributed greatly to a lot of the traditional food made for and sold at the bazaar this, and every year. A special thank you to Canfisco and Ocean Brands Seafood Co. for their donations as the seafood delicacies we prepare for the bazaar and our meal program would not be possible without their ongoing support. And of course, thank you to everyone who attended this year and we look forward to seeing you at Tonari Gumi for a visit, program or one of our fundraising events in 2016. On behalf of our members, volunteers, staff and Board of Directors, have a safe and happy holiday season.