Dear VJLS-JH Members,

On February 22, 2021 The Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall held its first online Annual General Meeting and saw a large turnout of members participate. With a mix of advance and in-person voting, 8 of the 10 members who applied for a position on the Board were elected by the membership.

It is our pleasure to introduce to you the new VJLS-JH Board of Directors. Their bios may be viewed on our website here.

· Tomo Machida – Board Chair

· Mike Uyeno – Vice Chair

· Miyuki Ito – Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

· Dan Enjo – Secretary

· Igor Pavlov – Governance Committee Chair

· Russell Gray

· Tomi Asakawa

· Bhavya Aggrawal

· Yoshi Sugiyama

· Pat Demens

· Steve Frost

We are grateful to the long-service and contributions that outgoing Board members, Deb Saimoto, Laura Saimoto, Chika Saito, and Hanako Amaya have made to VJLS-JH. Their leadership and support were crucial during the first year of COVID 19 and we look forward to their future contributions as volunteers for our organization.

Please note that due to COVID 19 an extension was granted by the BC Government to hold our AGM in February instead of November. We anticipate holding our next AGM in November/December again this year.