Board of Directors

Ruth Coles
President

Ruth was educated at UBC and the University of Toronto where she received her Master of Social Work degree. She worked in the health care field for over 30 years as a social worker in management and leadership roles in Diversity Services.  She advocates for caring and compassionate care, barrier free services and community building.  Ruth has been active with the NSHCHS for over 35 years as Vice President and President since 2010. 

 

 

 

Hiroshi Yamamoto
Vice President

Hiroshi came to Canada alone in 1971 from Tokyo when he was 19 and studied Civil Engineering at UBC. Early in his career he worked as an engineer on design and construction but now has a successful career in commercial real estate. Remembering the Nikkei people who have helped him, he wants to give back to the community and to pass on to the next generation Nikkei history, values, wisdom, and spirit. He enjoys hiking and backpacking.

 

 

 

Derek Inouye, CA
Treasurer

Derek Inouye was in public practice for over 30 years until he retired in 2006. He became a director and treasurer of NSHCHS in 2007.

 

 

 

Jack Domitsu, CPA
Assistant Treasurer

Jack came to Canada from Japan at age 2 and attended the Toronto Japanese School (Hoshū Kō). After studying accounting at the University of Waterloo, he went on to obtain his US CPA and worked for 10 years in the Tokyo office of PwC in mergers and acquisitions. Through his work at NSHCHS, Jack hopes to give back to the Nikkei community and provide support to its seniors.

 

 

 

Glenn Tanaka
Secretary

(Coming soon)

 

 

 

Marcia Carr, RN, BN, MS, GNC(C), NCA
Director

A Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Medicine Program in Fraser Health, Marcia has been a registered nurse for over 40 years and in the last 20 years has been dedicated to geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry. She loves every moment of being in her profession, and as a director of NSHCHS, she is committed to providing the best care to Nikkei seniors. Marcia is also an adjunct faculty member with UBC, University of Victoria, SFU, and McMaster University.

 

 

 

C. Keiko Funahashi
Director

Raised in Vancouver and on the island of Shikoku, Japan, her multilingual and multicultural upbringing led Keiko to a career in English language education for non-native speakers. She is passionate about contributing to the community with her skills in educational program development and English-Japanese translation. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from UBC and a Master’s degree in education from Stanford University.

 

 

Asae Tanaka, MSc, MD, CCFP
Director

Asae was born in Japan and came to Vancouver at age 8. Having coached competitive swimming, her love of teaching took her into the field of Medicine. She has initially worked in rural BC as a locum and emergency physician, and then settled back in Vancouver where she now takes care of Japanese-speaking patients as a family doctor. She also helps those who are not her patients through Nikka Health Care Society that focuses on education and prevention.

 

 

 

Tom Teranishi
Director

Tom has been on the Board of the Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society since its incorporation as a society in 1986. He worked professionally as a Social Worker in the health field for 38 years. He has also been active in several volunteer organizations such as the Lions Society, Metro Vancouver Cross Cultural Seniors Network, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, BC Brain Injury Assoc., and BC Paraplegic Assoc.

Tom’s motto: “Making a difference by being involved”.

 

 

 

Brian Tsuji
Director

Brian is a highly experienced immigration lawyer with more than 30 years of experience. He works out of Davis LLP’s Vancouver office. He speaks Japanese and English and has worked in Tokyo, Toronto and Vancouver. He has represented clients from more than 50 countries. Brian is a past national Executive Member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Immigration Section and a past Chairman of the CBA British Columbia Immigration Section. Brian is also a director of the Nikkei Place Foundation.

 

 

 

Jay Haraga
Director

(Coming soon)