April News [2020]

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Tonrai Gumi extending “fureai

In March, the province of British Columbia declared a state of emergency in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and Tonari Gumi had to make the difficult decision to temporarily close its facility from March 16th to prevent transmission among our members and volunteers. All staff regret that this measure had to be taken as many members come to our programs on a regular basis, and also enjoy socializing at Tonari Gumi.  At the same time, we gather that “social distancing” that the government is promoting where we stay at home and keep a distance from others may be stressful for seniors, families, and volunteers who cherish human connection, or “fure-ai” in Japanese. In times like this, we believe that community volunteer organizations like Tonari Gumi should be here to encourage “fure-ai,” and to help connect families and friends who may be isolated through phone calls and emails.  Winter has passed, and as we welcome the long-awaited spring with sakura cherry blossoms in full bloom here in Vancouver, Tonari Gumi would like to invite you to join us in sending out “fure-ai.”

For our facility closure, programs information and updates please check our website: www.tonarigumi.ca






Happy Birthday to you all!

Tonari Gumi holds birthday parties four times a year for its members.  The party for those with birthdays between January to March was held on February 27.  A total of 45 members, guests and volunteers gathered in celebration.  The Sakura singers provided a mini-concert, which was followed by some fun games.  The Volunteers prepared delicious snacks and homemade birthday cake for the party.  The oldest (and youngest-at-heart) participant was 98 years old.  In response to a question, “What is your secret for longevity?” she quickly replied, “Having two glasses of wine every night and weekly Mahjong Club at Tonari Gumi!”, prompted huge laughter and cheers from the members and volunteers.  Thank you to all participants, and we look forward to many more birthday parties to celebrate!




Looking forward to Tonari Gumi’s AGM on May 2, 2020

May 2nd, 2020 is Tonari Gumi’s Annual General Meeting.  This is a great opportunity to meet our Board of Directors.  Attendees have a chance to comment on Tonari Gumi’s plans for the future and approve financial statements, and elect the Board of Directors.  This is the perfect opportunity for an open conversation with members and the Board.  Please mark your calendar to attend our AGM.  Join with us in helping to strengthen the community and help our seniors.




The 8th Annual Tonari Gumi (JCVA) & Greater Vancouver JCCA Charity Golf Classic on June 27

Mark your calendar for this premier event.  Have a great time while helping to raise funds to be used to maintain and improve Tonari Gumi’s “Seniors’ Centre” in Vancouver, at 42 West 8th Avenue.  This centre is also the base from which we train new volunteers and future leaders to meet the needs of the seniors within our community.  Thanks to the Tonari Gumi leadership team, we are “Reaching Out” to help seniors in Steveston, Surrey and in other areas of the Lower Mainland.  The Greater Vancouver JCCA also makes use of the Tonari Gumi Centre for their community activities.  By participating in this golf tournament, you are helping to build the community.  Various sponsors are welcome.  Please see the Tonari Gumi website for more details.


  • Date & Time: Saturday, June 27th, 2020 – Shotgun start at 1:00 pm
  • Location: Meadow Gardens Golf Club, 19675 Meadow Gardens Way, Pitt Meadows
  • Cost: $175 per person/$700 per foursome: includes gourmet dinner, cart & prizes.
  • Register on-line at < http://tonarigumi.ca>, call Tonari Gumi at (604) 687-2172, or email development@tonarigumi.ca.


8 隣組・GVJCCA共催 チャリティーゴルフトーナメント 627日開催

今年もゴルフチャリティーコンペを開催いたします。友人や家族と過ごすゴルフの終わりに美味しいお食事を楽しみながら、コミュニティの活動を支援することができるチャリティーイベントへ皆さん是非ご参加ください。このイベントの全収益金は、バンクーバー隣組(42 West 8th Avenue)の建物の維持とサービス向上のために活用されます。隣組は日系カナダコミュニティにおける高齢者のニーズに応じられる新しいボランティアや将来のリーダーを養成する拠点としての活動を続けています。そして隣組リーダーシップチームは皆さんのサポートのおかげで、スティーブストン、サレー、そしてグレーターバンクーバー近郊その他地域在住シニアの皆様に「Reaching Out(リーチアウト)」サービスを提供することが可能になりました。グレーターバンクーバー日系カナダ市民協会(GVJCCA)も隣組施設を利用してコミュニテイー活動を行なっております。このゴルフトーナメントにご参加頂くことが、日系コミュニティーの発展と貢献につながるのです。皆様のご参加をお待ちしております。

  • 日時:2020年6月27日(土)午後1時 ショットガンスタート
  • 場所:メドーガーデンズ・ゴルフクラブ(Meadow Gardens Golf Club) 19675 Meadow Gardens Way, Pitt Meadows
  • 費用:$175/1名、$700/4人1組    美味しいディナーにゴルフカート、そして賞品が含まれます。
  • オンライン登録  http://tonarigumi.ca ,  電話登録   隣組 604-687-2172, メール登録development@tonarigumi.ca



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