Month: March 2019

Remembering JET Alumni, Darcy Belanger

JETAA Prairies is saddened to learn that one of the passengers on board Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 was Canadian JET alumni, Darcy Belanger. Below is a written statement from the Consul-General of Japan in Calgary:

We have learned that one of our former JET Programme participants, Mr. Darcy Belanger from Edmonton Alberta, passed away on 10 March 2019, a victim of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.

Mr. Belanger, a citizen of Canada, was an Assistant Language Teacher at Shizuoka Nishi High School in Shizuoka Prefecture from 1995 to 1997.

A construction executive by day, Mr. Belanger was a founding member and Strategic Initiative Director of Parvati.org, a non-profit organisation that focuses on eradicating global hunger and poverty. He worked on the organisation’s MAPS (Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary) initiative, a proposal to declare the Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle an international peace park. He was on his way to the UN Environment Assembly to promote this initiative.

We at the Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary are enormously grateful for Mr. Belanger’s contributions, and we offer our sincerest condolences.

2019年3月10日に発生したエチオピア航空の航空機墜落事故により、アルバータ州エドモントン出身のJET経験者であるダーシー・ベランジャー(Darcy Belanger)さんが他界されました。
ダーシーさんはカナダ出身であり、1995年から1997年まで、静岡県立静岡西高等学校においてALTを務めておられました。
JETプログラム終了後は、民間建設会社に人材発展ディレクターとして勤めながら、Parvati.org というボランティア団体の代表として活躍していました。国際連合環境計画会議でのミーティング等に参加し、同団体が創造したMarine Arctic Peace Sanctuary(極圏海洋生物平和サンクチュアリー)という北極圏の海全体を国際平和公園に指定する政策に取り組んでこられました。
在カルガリー日本国総領事館は、これまでのダーシーさんの貢献に深く感謝するとともに、謹んで哀悼の意を表します。

Members of JETAA Prairies also extend their deepest condolences to Mr. Belanger’s family, loved ones, and friends.

If you would like to read more about Darcy Belanger, here are some links:

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JETAA Prairies Alumni Attend The Kakehashi Project

The Consul-General of Japan in Calgary, Mr. Shigenobu Kobayashi, poses with students from Nagoya's Toho High School, Miles Macdonnell, and Vincent Massey Collegiate. March 13th, 2019.
The Consul-General of Japan in Calgary, Mr. Shigenobu Kobayashi, poses with students from Nagoya’s Toho High School, Miles Macdonnell, and Vincent Massey Collegiate. March 13th, 2019.

Tonight, JET alumni of JETAA Prairies attended a presentation of the Kakehashi Project at Vincent Massey Collegiate. Firstly, The Kakehashi Project is a youth exchange between Japan and Canada. This year, the Project finally selected schools outside of Alberta to participate. Secondly, the two participating schools were Vincent Massey Collegiate and Miles Macdonnell School. These students did a homestay in Nagoya. Tonight, the two groups of Canadian students gave their respective presentations about their experiences in Japan. Thirdly, a group of students from Nagoya’s Toho High School are currently doing a homestay in Winnipeg right now, and will do their presentations once it is over.

The Consul-General of Japan in Calgary, Mr. Shigenobu Kobayashi, giving a welcome speech at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 13th, 2019
The Consul-General of Japan in Calgary, Mr. Shigenobu Kobayashi, giving a welcome speech at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 13th, 2019, to students from Toho High School of Nagoya, Miles Macdonnell School, and Vincent Massey Collegiate. All students participate in an exchange program as part of the Kakehashi Project.

In addition to JET alumni in the audience, also in attendance were the Consul-General of Japan in Calgary, Mr. Shigenobu Kobayashi, representatives from the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (who co-administers the Kakehashi Project), the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba (JCAM), the University of Winnipeg, and the University of Manitoba. As JET alumni, we hope that one of these high school students, who participated in the Kakehashi Project, decides to participate in the JET Programme.

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Our Next Meeting: Thursday, March 14th @ 6:30pm

Salmon and tuna sushi.
Salmon and tuna sushi.

We will be holding her next meeting on Thursday, March 14th, 2019, at 6:30pm at Naru Sushi, 159 Osborne St. Above all, if you want to help out (eg. pre-departure orientation, Ai-kon, returners’ meeting, etc.) or just hang out talk about Japan things, we hope to see you there! Let us know by contacting us.

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