This year, the JET Programme selected three people from Manitoba and six from Saskatchewan for the 2019-2020 year. JETAA Prairies alumni held an orientation at the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba for the new JETs. Alumni brought the doughnuts, coffee, and lunch for everyone involved in the full-day event. Above all, alumni brought a lot of vital information about Japan and what’s to come.
Alumni talked about what to bring to Japan, how to get involved with the community, and an interactive time-capsule activity where the new JETs wrote their goals for Japan and current emotions (subsequently, alumni will mail these worksheets to the new JETs in December). More importantly, there were surprises for the new JETs. The new JETs tried on yukatas/jinbeis (brought by alumni). Next, alumni Michelle brought her photo albums about her experience on JET in the late 90s and talked about how JET affected her career path. Following that, everyone chowed down on Chosabi sushi burritos.
After that, alumni talked via Appear.in with a current JET, Jenna, who departed Winnipeg last year. She talked about her JET life so far. Interestingly, one of the new JETs is friends with Jenna.
On April 14th, 2019, JETAA Prairies members, met at Izakaya Edokko in Downtown Winnipeg for the Annual General Meeting. JETAA Prairies is the local Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) alumni chapter representing Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Indeed, nine members showed up. We briefly introduced ourselves, and enjoyed the delicious food while talking about Game of Thrones and the Winnipeg Jets.
Afterward, the members reflected on past JETAA Prairies events/activities. For example, we reflected on last year’s National Conference at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, our info booth/panel at Ai-kon/Winterfest, the Japanese language classes for alumni, and the inaugural Japan Trivia Night. Truly, JETAA Prairies had an eventful year.
More importantly, we also voted for the 2019-2020 Executive. The results are:
Ali: Cultural Ambassador
Roger: Senior Advisor
Alastair: Legal Attaché
For the rest of the year, we have upcoming events lined up. For example, we will hold our Pre-Departure Orientation for the new JETs, we will return to Folklorama this year, and many others. Hence: stay tuned. By the way, if you are interested in helping out, even for a little bit, please let us know via our Contact Form.
JETAA Prairies Japan Trivia and Networking Night; Saturday, December 1st, 2018; Start time: 6pm; at Garbonzo’s University of Winnipeg.
We will have our first ever Japan Trivia and Networking Night! We will hold it at Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub University of Winnipeg AnX at 2-471 Portage Avenue. This event is open to all who are interested and not just JET alumni. Teams/tables will answer the questions. We will create the teams depending on the number of people attending. The questions will come from a variety of topics including Japanese history, pop culture, sports, and current events.
If you (and your friends) would like to participate, please send an RSVP with your name and number of guests to rsvp(at)jetaaprairies.ca.
JETAA Prairies alumni giving a presentation on the JET Programme at the University of Winnipeg, October 3rd, 2018.
We held our info sessions over the past three days at three different locations. On October 1st, we held an info session at the University of Manitoba to about 13 attendees. The next day, we held an info session at Canadian Mennonite University where one person came all the way from Brandon. We held the last one on Wednesday, October 3rd, at the University of Winnipeg. 21 interested people showed up.
Yes, Karafun has TV themes in its catalog. For some, we channelled our inner child.
The past Saturday night, we had our growing karaoke event. Twelve were present at our karaoke event including the new JET participants. Our karaoke program of choice is Karafun. Some members brought drinks and snacks. Karafun’s catalog even contained famous TV theme songs like from The Transformers, Beverley Hillbillies, and The Flinstones (but there was no Jetsons’ theme song).
JET Alumni and New JETs Singing Karaoke using Karafun.
Our next event will be at Ai-Kon which takes place from July 27th to the 29th at the RBC Convention Centre at 375 York Avenue in Winnipeg. We will have a table setup there and alumni will present information about working in Japan. If you are JET alumni and want to help out during Ai-Kon, let us know via the contact form!
We held our Pre-Departure Orientation at the Japanese Cultural Assocation of Manitoba. JET Prairie alumni gave presentations on a variety of aspects of Japanese life (e.g. What to bring to Japan, ideal Japanese learning materials, how to get involved with the community, driving in Japan, etc.). We answered any questions the new JETs asked us.
Next is our JET Prairie Cooking Night and Karaoke Send-Off for our new JET participants on July 21st. Also, some of our alumni will have a table setup at this year’s Ai-Kon Convention on July 27th-29th. If you’re alumni and want to hang out with us, let us know!
And of course, good luck Japan in the World Cup. 🙂