Category Archives: Young Leaders Committee Updates

Welcome to the new Young Leaders Committee Members!

The NAJC is pleased to welcome five new members to the YLC:

  • Ms. Kyla Fitzgerald (Victoria, British Columbia)
  • Ms. Mana Murata (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Ms. Carolyn Nakagawa (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Ms. Hana Ogasawara (Vernon, British Columbia / Gatineau, Quebec)
  • Mr. Chad Pickerell (Calgary, Alberta)

A warm welcome to these new members to the committee!!!

For a list of the full committee, please see the YLC Membership list.

NAJC Young Leaders Fund 2018/19 – NOW OPEN!

The Young Leaders Committee is pleased to announce that the NAJC Young Leaders Fund is now open! This unique fund aims to support Japanese Canadian youth across Canada, giving them the opportunity to help realize projects and initiatives. Successful applicants can receive up to $2000 for their projects or initiatives. Please see the Information For Applicants form for more details, or visit the Young Leaders Fund page for the application itself!

Note: Deadline for Applications is June 15, 2018

New NAJC Young Leaders Committee Chair – Bryan Tomlinson

Last fall, the NAJC Young Leaders Committee sought recruits for new committee members as well as a new Chair. Bryan Tomlinson (a yonsei originally from Vancouver, currently working/residing in Ottawa) was elected as Chair, and was confirmed in December 2016. Bryan is honoured to take on the role as Chair of the Young Leaders Committee, and as a Director on the National Executive Board of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC).

Bryan looks forward to working with the rest of the Committee on the planning for this year’s Young Leaders Conference, managing the Young Leaders Fund, and coordinating other advocacy work across the Japanese Canadian communities in Canada.

A special thanks to Lisa Schoenhofer for all her amazing work for the Young Leaders Committee and for making the Young Leaders Conferences possible!

Stay tuned for more updates about new Committee Members!

Join the Young Leaders Committee!

The Young Leaders Committee is recruiting committee members as well as looking for a new Chair, starting fall of 2016.

The Chair will be a Director on the Executive Board of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC).

If you, or someone you know, is interested, please contact us –