Manitoba Hosts the JSBTC

By all accounts, the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada annual general meeting was a big success. Forty-five delegates from all across Canada congregated in Winnipeg from April 26 – 29 for this annual event. The out of town included representatives from the Hamilton, Toronto, Winnipeg, Lethbridge, Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Steveston and Vancouver.

The Delta Winnipeg Hotel was the main meeting site. The Ministers Association met on April 26th. The JSBTC Board, Women’s Federation and Minsters Association, and pre-AGM meetings were held on April 27th. Later that evening, the delegates were transported by a school bus to the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre where they dined a wonderfully prepared Japanese meal. The AGM and BCCWF meetings were held on April 28th that was followed by a reception at the hotel attended by 75 guests.

A continental breakfast prepared by the Dharma School parents and the Tsuito Hoyo and Closing Service were held on April 29th. Approximately 150 people were in attendance. Jim Hisanaga chaired the service and Sensei Ulrich led us through most of the program.

Socho Grant Ikuta delivered a humorous Dharma talk in both English and Japanese and then installed the newly elected JSBTC Board of Directors. Everyone then went downstairs for a potluck lunch that was prepared by several members.

Based on the feedback I have received, we should be very proud to have hosted a successful fun filled event. Many of the delegates approached me to say what a wonderful job we did and for the wonderful hospitality they received. I believe we truly lived up to the phrase “Friendly Manitoba” on our license plates.

In Gassho,

Harvey Kaita
JSBTC AGM Coordinator