On Thursday, December 4, 2014, Tonari Gumi had an auspicious visit from Mr. Tetsuo Komuro, President & CEO of Mitsui & Co. (Canada) Ltd., accompanied by Mr. Nobuyuki Naito, Regional Officer, Vice President & General Manager, Foodstuff Department and Mr. Akira Takaesu, Deputy General Manager. In keeping with a tradition that has continued for several years, Mr. Komura came to visit Tonari Gumi in order to see the new seniors’ drop-in and community outreach centre and to leave a generous donation. Mr. Komuro indicated how impressed he was with the new facilities, especially in comparison with our previous building at East Broadway.
The visitors from Mitsui were able to observe the seniors’ aerobics class and the falls prevention class taking place at Tonari Gumi on that day. They also visited our commercial kitchen and learned about Tonari Gumi’s Japanese meals-on-wheels program and the lunch program for seniors held three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In the case of the meals-on-wheels, for those seniors in various seniors facilities, it was often the only opportunity for them to get a taste of familiar food. We explained that for some seniors, the meals program provided a much needed opportunity to get out and to mingle with others within the community. Upstairs, they were able to see the extensive library of Japanese books and Japanese DVD’s that were available for members and volunteers to borrow, and were briefed on the Homebound and Lighthouse Iki Iki programs for frail seniors and for those needing a slower paced program. Key message was that Tonari Gumi is trying to respond to the needs of the community by providing support and assistance where required.
In recognition of the long-standing support provided from the Mitsui Canada Foundation and Mitsui & Co. (Canada) Ltd., Mr. Komuro was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation which stated: “This Certificate of Appreciation is presented to the Mitsui Canada Foundation and Mitsui & Co. (Canada) Ltd. for their significant contributions to the Japanese Community Volunteers Association (Tonari Gumi) and its programs and services to assist seniors and others needing assistance and, by so doing, contributing to the betterment of the Japanese Canadian Community in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Presented on this day by the Japanese Community Volunteers Association (Tonari Gumi).”
Without the generous support of individuals and businesses within the community, Tonari Gumi will not be able to continue to provide the programs and services enjoyed by our seniors and by the other individuals within the community requiring assistance. Please note that you can donate to Tonari on-line by going to the following link: Tonari Gumi Donations