Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achievement Award

An Award to Honour Nikkei Heros

The Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achivement Award was named after Thomas Shoyama — one of Canada’s most respected civil servants, who helped create the universal health care system as a deputy minister for Tommy Douglas.

This award is presented to an individual who has played a foundational role in their life as a leader in Canada and in the Japanese and Japanese Canadian community. They exemplify integrity and dedication in their community work, leading with values true to Nikkei Place: honesty, integrity, perseverance, and selflessness.


2019 - Kaye Kaminishi
2018 - Joy Kogawa
2017 - Henry Wakabayashi
2016 - Arthur Hara
2015 - Gordon Kadota
2014 - Dr. David Suzuki

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