Tonari Gumi as the lead organization in partnership with the Greater Vancouver JCCA, the Nikkei Senior Health Care & Housing Society and the Steveston Japanese Canadian Cultural Center has recently been awarded a major grant to help reduce elder abuse. Tonari Gumi is spearheading a three part program over the next year to reduce elder abuse within the Japanese Canadian Community by 1) Raising awareness 2) Training seniors and caregivers to recognize and respond, and 3) Building community collaboration to eliminate elder abuse. 1) Raising Awareness: Under this project we are looking to adapt existing prevention and awareness information on elder abuse and disseminate this information in both English and Japanese through posters, web pages, the local Japanese language press and media. We are coordinating with a local drama group consisting of Japanese seniors to produce short skits which reveal different aspects of elder abuse and would be understandable for all generations. We are also seeking individuals to interview who may be open to share possible real-life stories on elderly abuse. Utilizing these skits and interviews, a series of awareness raising seminars will be conducted in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and other communities in the Lower Mainland and subsequently elsewhere in B.C. in cooperation with our partner organizations. 2) Training to Recognize and Respond to Elder Abuse: There is a plan to organize a series of bilingual workshops in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and other communities to train seniors, caregivers and community leaders to recognize when elder abuse is taking place and how to take action to protect seniors from such abuse. Training expertise would be drawn from the local community (police, financial institutions, medical and psychological professionals) to deal with financial, physical and psychological aspects of elder abuse. 3) Build Community Collaboration: Together with our partner organizations within the community, […]
We are pleased to introduce Todd Katsuyama, our newest member who is the Team Leader for the Elder Abuse Program. He brings over 10 years experience in project management and is a positive addition to our team. As a Japanese Canadian, he was always looking for ways to help within the Japanese community, and is devoting some of his time to build awareness programs on elderly abuse issues. He is coordinating with partner organizations and groups to address the issues related to elder abuse both locally and internationally. Todd grew up and studied in Toronto, and has lived in Tokyo for over 12 years. He returned to Canada in the summer of 2012, and is currently happily living in Vancouver, where he can enjoy the mountains and beaches, and of course the really good Japanese food here! We look forward to working together with Todd as he will be involved with the Japanese community and increase awareness of elderly abuse issues through programs in the Lower mainland and regions across B.C.
On June 17, some 8 seniors with David Iwaasa of the staff and Noriko Plimley as a volunteer helper spent a couple hours enjoying the beauty and history of Stanley Park. Everyone was transported to the park thanks to Nobuji Hirosawa and Ed Hayashi on their vehicles and the group started off from the bus loop in the park. First stop was the Japanese Canadian War Memorial where the group learned about the sacrifices made by Japanese Canadians during World War I, in particular, but also in Canada’s subsequent wars: World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Afghanistan War where Japanese Canadians gave their lives on behalf of Canada and to further the rights of Japanese Canadians. Moving on from the War Memorial, the group passed the Stanley Park Pavilion and the Malkin Bowl, learning about how development of the park had evolved over the years while enjoying the beautiful landscaping and the period architecture. Next was a chance to enjoy the roses at the rose garden. From the rose garden everyone made their way past Lost Lagoon and proceeded to the apartment of Makiko Suzuki, Noriko Plimley’s mother. There, in a beautiful apartment overlooking the Lost Lagoon and Stanley Park everyone was treated to cool drinks and delightfully delicious home-made treats. Thanks to the beautiful weather and the generous hospitality of Makiko Suzuki, everyone had a wonderful time learning a little about our history in Canada, enjoying each other’s company, while participating in a pleasant walk in the park. Our next walking excursion will take place on Tuesday, July 14 starting at 10:00 a.m. from Tonari Gumi. We will be going to Central Park in Burnaby and we encourage everyone to bring a picnic lunch. Look forward to everyone registering to come.