Author: Lindsay Hoy

Over $75,000 in net proceeds raised for dementia-friendly programs, awareness + more!

To all our friends, sponsors, donors and volunteers,

Thank you for helping #BeatTheOdds at our Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, May 31, 2019!

It was great to see you on Friday, May 31, 2019 for our annual Charity Golf Tournament at Burnaby’s Riverway Golf Course! YOU have helped make this our best year yet!

The 2019 Nikkei Golf Committee can’t thank you enough for coming out and supporting this year’s event! What a spectacular day it was, and we hope you and your team enjoyed raising money for dementia friendly programs, awareness, and more, for the Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society.

Tournament Champions

YOU have helped us raise over $75,000 in net proceeds for dementia-friendly programs, awareness, and more!

We extend a special thank you to the City of Burnaby, and Riverway Golf Course! We are so grateful for their partnership and support in helping make this the best year yet!

As mentioned during the banquet, in addition to the “Iki-Iki” dementia programs we run, we also offer “Outfight Parkinson”, and are currently waiting for approval to start another boxing based exercise program for seniors. Program updates will be made available on the Nikkei Seniors Society’s website.

Don’t forget to check out the photo gallery for some of the great moments from the tournament here.


This year, we were also happy to welcome the support of media partner Global BC, and print media sponsor What’s On! Burnaby.

It was an another amazing year with Global meteorologist Yvonne Schalle as our emcee, and former Canadian tour pro, RBC’s Darren Wallace, for hitting it close on #15. On course, golfers were treated to goodies from All Nippon Airways, and refreshments from The Keg Steakhouse + Bar tent.

We would not be nearly as successful without the generosity from our sponsors. Thank you to our Executive Sponsors (Bosa Properties, Fujiya, and Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation) and our Premium Sponsors (The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, and ONNI Group), and Patrons (Ken Yada & Family, and Jane Nimi & Patty Ruegamer) for their support!

Thank you again for your tremendous support and making this our 4th consecutive sell out!



The 2019 Nikkei Golf Committee
Glenn Tanaka, Joey Oikawa, Ruth Coles, Cathy Makihara, Bobby Ruegamer, Jay Hiraga, Karen Tanaka, and Cheryl Wong

Nikkei Place Charity Golf: The HUGE impact of sponsors and donors

In 2018, 60% of Nikkei Seniors Society’s fundraising goal for the year was met thanks to sponsors & donors at our golf tournament.

Seniors in our community are facing the daily challenges of living with dementia, isolation, pain management, low mobility, and risk of injury. The generosity of sponsors and donors play a huge role in helping seniors #BeatTheOdds.


Every gift raised for the Nikkei Place Charity Golf Tournament provides Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society with funding to raise awareness and education, develop programs, and run existing programs that help with the daily physical, mental and social challenges of aging.

Here’s what you support when you give to the Nikkei Place Charity Golf Tournament:


Spring is for Exercise! Outfight Parkinson & BE-Fit Programs (Apr to June)

“COOL FIGHTERS” Outfight Parkinson

Outfight Parkinson exercise program helps people with Parkinson’s disease fight against PD. We want to be there, standing beside you!

With exercise ‘Outfight’ emphasizes the enhancements possible to Quality of Life, and the ability to perform and enjoy the activities of daily living. Our certified and licensed instructor has seen remarkable improvements and will come up with what’s best for you. There are 3 classes that run per week.


  • Mondays, 11am-12 noon
  • Tuesdays, 11am-12 noon
  • Saturdays, 11:45am-12:45pm

*Closed on statutory holidays

Maximum Capacity: 6 persons
Registration: Required
Cost: $10/class (“$100/11 classes” pass available



The BE-Fit exercise program uses both brain exercise and fitness together to enhance and maintain whole health! It helps you lead a healthy life, with increased energy and being sound in mind and body. Let’s get fit together! There are 2 classes that run per week.


  • Tuesdays, 1-2pm
  • Saturdays, 9:45-10:45 am

*Closed on statutory holidays

Maximum Capacity: 6 persons
Registration: Required
Cost: $10/class (“$100/11 classes” pass available)



  • These programs are located in the Kenko Wellness Lounge at Robert Nimi Nikkei Home (6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC)
  • For more information or to register, contact 604-777-5000 (Ext 2000) or

Social Programs (Apr to June): Lively, Lively (Iki Iki), Lunch & Chat Club, and Do Raku Club

Lively, Lively (Iki Iki)

“Lively, Lively (Iki Iki)” is a program for seniors who prefer slower-paced activities and ideal for those living with dementia. The program includes tea and chat, art table, exercise, lunch, and recreational games/cooking or music.

  • Lively, Lively (Iki Iki) (English)
    Dates: Mondays, April 1 to June 17
    Time: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
    Cost: $220 ($20 /per session for 11 sessions)  *no session on May 20

  • Lively, Lively (Iki Iki) Light (Japanese Speaking)
    This is a program for seniors who prefer a shorter day than the Monday and Friday Lively, Lively (Iki Iki) program
    Dates: Wednesdays, April 3 to June 19
    Time: 10:00 am to 2 pm
    Cost: $240 ($20 /per session for 12 sessions)

  • Lively, Lively (Iki Iki) (Mainly Japanese)
    Dates: Fridays, April 5 to June 21
    Time: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
    Cost: $220 ($20 /per session for 11 sessions)  *no session on April 19

Lunch & Chat Club

“Lunch & Chat Club” is a lunch program with a fun time to talk.  It happens on Tuesdays and runs nicely with the other seniors programs both at Kenko Wellness and the Nikkei Centre. This means having lunch along with the activities that interest you!

  • Dates: Tuesdays, April 2 to June 18
    Time: 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Cost: $72 ($6 /per session for 12 sessions) and includes lunch and activity

Do Raku Club

Do Raku Club is an extension after Lunch & Chat where you’ll be working on hand movements such as cooking, crafting, knitting, sewing, etc.

  • Dates: Tuesdays, April 2 to June 18
    Time: 12:45 to 1:45 pm
    Cost: $48 ($4 /per session for 12 sessions)


  • These programs are located in the Kenko Wellness Lounge at Robert Nimi Nikkei Home
  • For more information or to register contact:  ywatase[at]

Cooking Helps Delay the Progression of Dementia! Join the Cooking Together Program

Are you cooking these days?

Cooking is known not only for delaying the progression of dementia but also certainly for the great joy of being creative, sharing ideas and achieving the goal which gets higher and higher each time!

Cook, Eat, Laugh and Make Friends Together at the Cooking Together program!

Program Name: Cooking Together

Time: Thursdays, 11:15AM-12:45PM (90 minutes) – April to June 2019

Dates and Menu:

  • Apr 4 – Gomoku Rice
  • Apr 18 – Meat Sauce Spaghetti
  • May 2 – Tofu Hamburg
  • May 16 – Shrimp Doria (rice casserole with white sauce)
  • Jun 6 – Sushi Rolls
  • Jun 20 – Hiyashi Chuka (Chilled Chinese Noodles)

Fee: $60/6 sessions ($12/class for drop in – 24 hours notice required)

Bring with you: Apron
Instructor: Kaori
Venue: Kenko Lounge in Nikkei Home
Address: 6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC, V5E 4N3

Inquiries: 604-777-5000 Ext. 2000

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