The season for preparing the annual JSS Holiday Drive program has begun.
In North America, at the beginning of the holiday season, organizations have members who stand on the sidewalks to receive donations from passers-by in order to support the less fortunate members of society. You might have seen campaign titles with the word “drive” in it. The “holiday drives” usually collect food, toys or money, which is then distributed to people in need.
By David Ikeda. Our counsellors reported that they have become busy recently with several cases involving dementia and Alzheimer’s. Given our community’s aging population, a rise in the number of cases involving seniors with either of these illnesses is to be expected. The cases take a lot of time but as I have said before these cases like so many others are why we are here.
By Junko Yamamoto, JSS Fundraising Chair.
The annual Waterfront Marathon sponsored by Scotiabank was held on October 18th. We had very mild weather two days earlier. So I was hoping the weather would stay warm until the day of the marathon, but it did not turn out that way. One day before the marathon, we had snow for the first time this fall and on the day of the marathon, the temperature dropped down to 0°C, but it was beautiful for walking or running. The air was crisp with a beautiful blue sky and brilliant sunshine.
By Yuka Sato, Clinical Supervisor & Junko Mifune, Counsellor.
When a couple faces prolonged conflicts, or when they are not able to understand each other’s concerns or needs, actively engaging with these issues by having open dialogue or utilizing couples or marriage counselling are important steps the couple can take to improve the situation. However, sometimes the couples may need to make the difficult decision to get separated.
By Chie Takano Reeves, Community Outreach Worker.
Hello everyone. My name is Chie and I am a JSS staff member managing the programs, volunteers and some counselling services. What follows is a summary report of the 2015 JSS programs. Time flies quickly and there is only a month left in the year 2015.
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By Hiroko Barall.
I have had a long life, and I had always prided myself on being free from illness. Without warning, however, I was struck by brain infarction in September 2013.
By Minako Miyata, Accredited Court Interpreter.
We have a problem with regards to the shortage of Japanese interpreters currently in Toronto. A Japanese patient was not provided with a Japanese interpreter in hospital recently even though she had requested one prior to her appointment date.
By Nagisa Hashimoto, Cook, Owner of Catering Company and Restaurant Coo Café Bread or Rice.
It is rather an old story, but when I came to Canada for the first time (more than 10 years ago), a Canadian newspaper (The Globe & Mail) had an article saying that “the Japanese people divide the season into 24 and cherish a sense of the transient nature of the seasons.