Lisa Westermark, Executive Director, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation accepts the donation with Irene Oizumi and Mia Sakakibara from the Vernon Japanese Women’s Auxiliary. (Submitted photo)

Lisa Westermark, Executive Director, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation accepts the donation with Irene Oizumi and Mia Sakakibara from the Vernon Japanese Women’s Auxiliary. (Submitted photo)

Japanese Women’s Auxiliary supports Vernon Light A Bulb

In the North Okanagan, Japanese culture and heritage have deep roots, dating back many decades.

In the North Okanagan, Japanese culture and heritage have deep roots, dating back many decades.

Vernon Japanese Women’s Auxiliary, or Fujinkai, is an integral part of the Japanese community.

The Vernon Japanese Women’s Auxiliary formed in the late 1930s, shortly after the Vernon Japanese Hall on Bella Vista Road was built. Their mission is to keep Japanese culture alive and for Japanese women to feel a sense of community. They hold many public functions to raise funds, including their bazaars and festivals.

This year, the Vernon Japanese Women’s Auxiliary has given $1,000 to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s Light A Bulb Campaign. This gift represents the Auxiliary’s 16th donation since 1995.

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“The Japanese community has used the hospital in one way or another and the hospital is an important part of our, or anyone’s lives,” says Irene Oizumi, member of the Vernon Japanese Women’s Auxiliary. “This is a way to give back to the Vernon community for all of the support they have given us.”

“Thank you to the Vernon Japanese Women’s Auxiliary for their thoughtful donation to Light A Bulb,” says Lisa Westermark, Executive Director, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. “We appreciate this kind and joyful support each year and all these wonderful women do for the community.”

The VJH Foundation needs your help to raise fund for the 31st annual Light A Bulb Campaign. Each $35 tax-deductible gift will light one bulb on the tree of lights; $500 will light an entire string. Every gift, great or small, brings us closer to raising $275,000 for critical equipment at VJH. There is still $75,000 left to raise.

You can donate can online www.vjhfoundation.org, by phone 250-558-1362, or by mail to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101 – 32nd Street Vernon BC V1T 5L2.

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