Sports Funding Recipients

Community Fund • March 1, 2024

The Japanese Canadian Legacies Society is pleased to announce the results of the first intake of the Community Fund Sports stream. Thank you to the elite level athletes and coaches from across the country who applied in this grant stream.

JCLS is grateful for the highly accomplished and experienced Assessment Team who the evaluated the applications. Deep thanks to Gary Kawaguchi, Mitchell Kawasaki, Bill Hatanaka, Jim Kojima, and Vicky Sunohara for their rigorous work on this important stream. Thanks also to Alan Sakai for his support in the assessment process.

Please note: guidelines are being revised for a second intake in the spring, and unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to consider re-applying.

Category One | High Performance Athletes

Pyka Kai Bell

Jaclyn Dawn Bostrom

Curran Julian Nishibata Chan

Michael Darbyshire

Nathaniel Tarashi Eby

Elizabeth Evans

Taisho Calum Kitamura Gilmour

Sara Lynn Hayami

Joshua Kiyoshi Huestis

Shandy Yukiko Kariatsumari

Ryan Tetsuhiko Kimoto

Landon Kitagawa

Joseph Takeo Kitamura

Mason Masahiro Tomita Landry

Dillinger James Long

Ian Peter Kiyoshi Mayer

Xavier McKeever

Callie McLean

Justin Kohta Mende

Olivia Turcic Okano

Zachary Ryujin

Lilliana Mackenzie Sato

Charlie Patrick Akira Skalenda

Kiana Aiko Sweet

Kairo Tod Tae

Keira Yuriko Thom

Ava Hisayo Sutherland Thomson

Category Two | High Performance Coaches

Kelly Midori McDonald

Jennifer Lynne Shigematsu


Japanese Canadian Legacies are initiatives that honour our elders past and present. We are grateful to be doing this work on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples.