This year, 2017, marks a big year for Canada as it turns 150 years young!
It seems like only yesterday that Canada was celebrating its centennial year, and here we are celebrating its Sesquicentennial
. Yes! There is a word for it. I mean, you would have thought something like, " tri-semi-centennial
", but the actual term sounds almost like Sasquatch, making it just that much more Canadian.
In any case, " Canada 150
" is the official brand by which the Canadian government his promoting this banner year, and although the actual anniversary falls on July 1st, a milestone like this will be celebrated throughout the year all across Canada and at its outposts abroad.
Japan is no exception!
The TJCS is seizing the opportunity to make this a special year in honour of Canada 150. For starters, we will be holding a larger-than-usual Canada Day Celebration at a fantastic location that will be family-friendly and full of fun and surprises. Watch the event listings
In addition to that, the annual Champagne Ball and Awards Evening
(co-hosted with the ACCJ Chubu Chapter) will follow a theme with a distinctly Canadian flavour, giving us a welcome opportunity to showcase Canada to an international audience.
Other things worth mentioning that are coincidental in making this an especially busy year for TJCS include:
- Canada recently appointed a new Ambassador to Japan (Mr. Ian Burney) and we are excited about welcoming him to Nagoya at a luncheon in June.
- Last fall, Nagoya welcomed a newly-appointed Canadian Consul (Mr. Chenier LaSalle) who has already endeared himself to the TJCS community.
- The TJCS Business Committee has shown a great initiative in putting together an increasing number of events covering a wide range of topics and audiences.
- The TJCS Cultural Committee has be re-activated and has begun organizing a number of successful events presenting cross-culture.
- The TJCS Social Committee continues to do what it does...planning and hosting all of the tried and true events we have come to love, as well as always coming up with unique activities.
We are always looking for new volunteers
to help our friendly team of Leaders. We hold monthly planning meetings (usually the 4th Monday) where anyone is welcome to attend and contribute, or just listen till you're ready. Happy 150th Birthday Canada!
We hope everyone in Central Japan and beyond joins us in this year-long celebration!