Community Awards + Fundraising Dinner

Celebrating the Vancouver Asahi Spirit of Strength and Resilience in Our Community

Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at Nikkei Centre


The Vancouver Asahi Spirit of Strength + Resilience

100 years ago in August, the Vancouver Asahi baseball team succeeded in winning their first pennant. Started in 1914, the team took some time to hone their skills, but with their signature “brainball” developed in the 1920s, won four Terminal League Championships between 1926 – 1933, a triple championship in 1938, and five consecutive Pacific Northwest Championships including their final win in 1941. They connected communities and won fans across ethnic divides. Although disbanded, divided, and dispersed in 1942 with the events of the Second World War, wherever an Asahi player was sent, baseball thrived, helping to boost morale in the darkest of times.

WE REMEMBER that team spirit, pride in being Japanese Canadian, and the coming together of community as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of this team’s first major win, and honour this year’s Community Awards Dinner recipients. All awardees demonstrate tireless efforts in honouring, preserving, and sharing Japanese culture and Japanese Canadian history and heritage for a better Canada.

Recognizing Our Community Leaders

Over 200 philanthropists, business leaders, and supporters from the Nikkei community will come together to recognize, congratulate and thank the extraordinary effort of Nikkei Place community leaders for their selfless contributions to building a strong and vibrant community.


Japanese Canadian History and Preservation Award
75th Anniversary Nikkei Legacy Signage Project Committee

Outstanding Community Service Award
Frank Kamiya

Japanese Culture Award
Nikkei Book Sale Committee


$130 per person*  |  Table of 10: $1,300
To purchase tickets contact Nikkei Centre at 604.777.7000

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: Registration + Reception at 5:00pm, Event Starts at 6:00pm**
Venue: Nikkei Centre - 6688 Southoaks Crescent • Burnaby, BC

*A portion of each ticket is tax receiptable. Amount to be determined post-event.
**Time subject to change.


Every gift raised for the Community Awards + Fundraising Dinner provides Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre with funding to educate and connect people to community and the history, heritage, and culture of Japanese Canadians.

To become a sponsor or discuss details, please contact Roger Lemire at or 604.777.7000 Ext. 105.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Executive Sponsor

Diamond Sponsor

Airline Partner

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors