Thank you all for supporting us through 2019.  It has indeed been an eventful, impactful and momentous year.  

Last November, we held our annual fall bazaar where the homestyle udon and matsutake gohan were delicious!  Thank you to our volunteers, donors and supporters for making our fundraiser a great success!  We are not able to carry the torch of our 114 year tradition of community volunteerism without your hard work and support. 

We also announced our National Historic Site Designation for which we are truly humbled and grateful.  With all that has happened this year, I have been reflecting on 2019 and looking to the new year.    

As we come into 2020, I am encouraged to look ‘inside’ and ‘outside’.  We are all on our personal journeys as well as contributing to larger journeys.  There may be many different paths that each of us are on, but there is one thread that connects us all:  the thread of growth, evolution and making a positive difference in the world.  

One of the larger journeys is the one of VJLS-JH and its vision.  When we look at who we are and what we do, we look ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ as we look to the new decade.  I describe it as an ‘INTER-dance’ — a dance where we weave all the different aspects and threads into a broad multi-faceted and multi-dimensional fabric.  We invoke the energy of:      

INTER-twine,  INTER-sperse,  INTER-cultural,  INTER-national

These ‘INTER’s all weave into our INTER-pretive Center Project Renovation that we will start in 2020. We continue moving towards the plan finalization.  As Vancouver’s new National Historic Site, the INTER-pretive Center will tell our history in the context of Japanese Canadian history from pre-war to the present.  We will also be creating an archives and conducting major capital repairs to the Y2K wing.  We will be launching a capital fundraising campaign this spring.  Stay tuned for updates.  

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank you all for everything throughout the year and your continued support as we enter our 114th year!  We wish you and your families and friends a prosperous and healthy 2020!  

All the best for 2020.