The Nikkei Place Foundation has selected Joy Kogawa as the 2018 recipient of the Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented this Sunday, March 11, 2018, at their spring fundraiser, the Thomas Shoyama Sakura Gala. We congratulate Joy as a most deserving recipient of this honour.

The Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has played a foundational role in their life as a leader in Canada and in the Japanese and Japanese Canadian community. These individuals exemplify integrity and dedication in their community work and lead with values aligned to that of the Nikkei community: honesty, integrity, perseverance, and selflessness. Previous recipients of this achievement award are Arthur Hara, Gordon Kadota, and Henry Wakabayashi. Joy Kogawa is the first woman to be so honoured.

The Thomas Shoyama Sakura Gala is the annual spring fundraiser in support of the Nikkei Place Foundation’s Future Nikkei initiatives to strengthen, connect, and invest in the future of the Nikkei (Japanese Canadian) community. The host of the evening, Chef Hidekazu Tojo, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his acclaimed restaurant, Tojo’s, located at 1133 West Broadway in Vancouver. At the dinner, the Foundation will also acknowledge UBC undergraduate student and competitive judoka Dante St. Prix with the 2017‐18 Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary.

“We are extremely proud to honour the achievements of Japanese Canadians through this event – both the accomplishments of those who have dedicated a lifetime to the community, as well as those of whom represent the next generation of Nikkei leaders” remarks Naomi Kawamura, Executive Director of Nikkei Place Foundation. The evening’s agenda will include a silent auction with some wonderful items and experiences, fund‐a‐need, and live entertainment by Nikkei country musician Derral Moriyama.

A limited number of tickets to the Gala are still available until noon Friday. Contact the Nikkei Place Foundation office at 604‐777‐2122 or gifts@nikkeiplace.org for tickets.

About Thomas Shoyama 
Thomas Shoyama was one of Canada’s most respected civil servants, who helped create the universal health care system as a deputy minister for Tommy Douglas. His career sprang from humble beginnings in Kamloops to the most senior level of government service in Saskatchewan, and later, managing key portfolios for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
The Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achievement Award
The Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achivement Award is awarded to an individual who has played a foundational role in their life as a leader in Canada and in the Japanese and Japanese Canadian community. These individuals exemplify integrity and dedication in their community work and lead with values aligned to that of the Nikkei community: honesty, integrity, perseverance and selflessness.

About Nikkei Place Foundation
Nikkei Place Foundation is the charitable fundraising organization for the Nikkei Place Japanese Canadian community in Burnaby. We are the bridge that connects philanthropy with Nikkei history, arts, culture, community, and senior care. Together with our partners, the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (NNMCC) and the Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society (NSHCHS), we work to build a strong and vibrant community for all. nikkeiplacefoundation.org