Celebrating our community’s generosity: A thank you to our volunteers during Volunteer Appreciation Week

This year, Volunteer Appreciation Week is from April 18-24! We wish to offer a big THANK YOU to all our volunteers - both past and present - for all that you’ve done and continue to do to help us honour, preserve and share Japanese culture and Japanese Canadian history and heritage for a better Canada.

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre staff were inspired to share this very special thank you message - a GIF compilation of staff thank you selfies!

Volunteers are at the heart of our work. We are so grateful for the generosity of volunteers who annually lend their time, energy, and skills to support our cultural programs, education, exhibits, research, and events. Over 300 volunteers contribute to our growth and successes, and we look forward to the day that we can welcome everyone back to share culture and camaraderie!

Click here to find out how you can join our team!

Meet Volunteers from Our Community

Yoshi Hashimoto: President of the NNMCC Auxiliary since 2001.
Roy Uyeda and Akira Horii are dedicated to giving talks to students about their experiences growing up Japanese Canadian
Bob and Naomi (The Mooney Family) give back through Karate and the positive impacts it provides people of all ages.
Yoko Matsuno and Friends (Satsuki-kai) share Japanese dance through popular Nikkei Centre events and our Taiken education program
Yukiko Tosa teaches students about Japanese Canadian history with “Storigami”
Wendy F. joined us as a Nikkei Ambassdor volunteer.
Katie B.: Happy to be part of a group that preserves culture
Karlene O.S. helps record and digitize important memories from the community’s past as a archival assistant
Mandy C. helps tag archival records as a Casefiles Assistant
Masao K. enjoys the camaraderie of volunteering with others at the Nikkei Centre bookstore
Ritsue K. made new friends volunteering at the Nikkei Centre Japanese book sale after recently moving to Canada from Hiroshima
Fumiko M. helps the Nikkei National Museum translate Japanese documents from the 1890’s and early 1900’s.