Community Council Member
Jennifer Hashimoto is a Winnipeg sansei who has lived and worked in Toronto as an editor and researcher for a legal publisher for over 30 years. Her parents’ families were sent to Manitoba to work in the sugar beet fields during WWII. Jennifer was active in the redress movement in the 1980s and in the Japanese Canadian (JC) community, serving on the board of directors of the Greater Toronto chapter of the NAJC in the 1980s and as Toronto NAJC president in the 1990s. Jennifer is also a former managing editor of Nikkei Voice, a national JC monthly newspaper. She started Nikkei Books, a community-based book business, in 1999, to promote JC history and JC writers, poets and artists. Jennifer would like to promote knowledge of the WWII JC uprooting among younger Japanese Canadians. She strongly supports the creation of resources to assist educators teaching a segment on the JC experience during WWII and hopes that these resources will link to other injustices and stories of dislocation — past and present — in other communities.