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The 21st Annual Holiday Drive

Japanese Social Services is starting its annual Holiday Drive Program. It is our hope that members of the community will continue to express their goodwill and caring by participating and contributing to this year’s Holiday Drive. In the past, the Holiday Drive has centered around the community gathering and donating various toys, gifts, and non-perishable […]

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Counsellors’ Report

By Takanori Kuge  While I missed seeing everyone in person at this year’s AGM, it was nice to connect with new faces and familiar faces of the people attended the meeting. In this issue I’d like to describe a summary of the counsellors’ report that I presented in the AGM.   [ Current trend ]  While the total number of counselling service users […]


JSS Program Report – Transitioning to online format 

Chie Takano Reeves (Community Outreach Worker / Volunteer Coordinator)  As a result of the pandemic, we have been offering our programs via online formats while in-person programs have been paused since mid-March. Online service is to completely new to us, and it was very much challenging to learn and used to it to the point that we can provide sessions and teach our […]


Influenza Vaccine

Tomoko Fukushima, Registered Nurse Every year around the end of October, the flu-shot becomes available in Ontario. There are a few types of flu vaccines, but most clinics use two types – Quadrivalent flu vaccine for people from 6 months to 64 years of age, and Trivalent high dose flu vaccine for 65 years and older.   According to […]

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President’s Message

By David Ikeda I know these continue to be extremely challenging times for everyone. Personally speaking my sense of time has become somewhat off. Indeed, I actually begin each day by having to ask what day it is. It doesn’t help that as I write this message in May, it is actually snowing outside my […]


JSS Services During the Emergency Period

JSS continues to offer counselling and information services via the phone/internet. Further, during the State of Emergency, all JSS services will be offered free of charge for the people experiencing hardship related to COVID-19. All our programs are temporarily suspended; however, planning is underway to deliver some of the programs in an online format. 【Current […]


JSS Delivers Hand-Made Masks to Seniors

Since the pandemic began, we have been as busy, if not more so, responding to the community needs.  In April, we have delivered food and other items generously donated by Oomomo, a Japanese variety store, to our client families. Oomomo again contacted us in May, this time with an offer of mask donations. The masks are in the process of being […]

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Updates from the Board

Welcome New Board Members! JSS welcomed two new members on our Board of Directors. Their profiles are below. Welcome Aaron and Yoko! Aaron Benjamin Mollin is a Tokyo-based lawyer and executive search consultant, who is also engaged in myriad creative endeavors—from DJing, to fashion design. Aaron grew up in Toronto, but has lived in Japan […]


Making Wills and Powers of Attorney While Social-Distancing in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nozomi (Zoe) Smith Lawyer, Pallett Valo LLP In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize more than ever the importance of having our proper documents in place to prepare for your “what-ifs”. Those documents are (i) Will, (ii) Continuing Power of Attorney for Property, and (iii) Power of Attorney for Personal Care. At the […]


JSS Needs Your Support

As JSS continues to work for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, your generous support is needed more than ever. With our key fundraising opportunities such as the Toronto Challenge Charity Marathon being cancelled, we are experiencing a difficult financial situation. Please consider donating to help us support our community via cheques, online transfers, […]

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Notice of a New Fee Schedule for Counselling

 With generous supports from the community and funders, JSS has been able to provide high-quality counselling service by qualified, bilingual (Japanese – English) counsellors at extremely low user fees for many years. Based on a user survey outcome and recent consultation with internal and external experts, we have come to a conclusion that it is […]


Big Thanks from Holiday Drive 2019

Big Thanks from Holiday Drive 2019 Thank you for your generous support of our 2019 Holiday Drive. The Holiday Drive program was able to receive a variety of gifts and donations as the heartfelt expressions of goodwill from community members. These donations were successfully delivered to 25 families, consisting of 60 individuals including many children […]