Clarification: Nikkei Seniors’ Fundraising Campaign and the Japanese Canadian Survivors Health & Wellness Fund

On May 5, 2021, Nikkei Seniors Health Care & Housing Society (Nikkei Seniors) received a $2 million grant from the Province of British Columbia to develop and implement a program to benefit Japanese Canadian survivors who were directly impacted by the actions of the BC Government (1942-1949). The fund will create grants for the provision of health and wellness programs, activities and needs for the now-elderly survivors of the internment, many of whom have relocated to other parts of Canada. Nikkei Seniors welcomes this grant and has started the work to open a Japanese Canadian Survivors Health and Wellness Fund project office so that it can start making grants available. 

Coincident with the receipt of this grant, Nikkei Seniors launched a fundraising drive – “Inspire  Action – Tub, Tech, Reboot” to raise much needed funds for the ongoing programs and activities of Robert Nimi Nikkei Home, New Sakura-so, and Outreach. The provincial grant and the fundraising activities occurring simultaneously has caused some confusion as to the need for a fundraising drive when the Society is in receipt of a large government grant. 

To clarify, the $2 million grant is for the Japanese Canadian Survivors Health and Wellness Fund for Japanese Canadian survivors across Canada. The fundraising drive “Inspire Action” is to raise funds for the operations and programs and activities at Robert Nimi Nikkei Home, New Sakura-so and Outreach. The support from the community is very much needed. With the Covid-19 pandemic causing the cancellation for a second year of Nikkei Seniors major fundraiser, the Board is asking the community for support. To this end the “Inspire Action – Tub,  Tech, and Reboot” fundraiser was launched. We hope that the community will be inspired by the goals of the campaign to help our seniors.  

The Nikkei Seniors is excited about this opportunity to work on this once in a lifetime Japanese  Canadian Survivors Health and Wellness Fund, and we are pleased to have Ms. Eiko Eby as the  Project Manager, working closely with Cathy Makihara and Ruth Coles to roll out the grants.  

The community’s understanding of and support for both these initiatives is greatly appreciated.

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