Community Council Member
Tosh Kitagawa was born in Mission City BC and lived with his family on a ten acre farm on Cherry Street until the 1942 expulsion. In order to keep the family together and to keep his teenage children busy, my father “chose” to go to the sugar beet fields of Alberta. He went to school and graduated from Lethbridge Collegiate High school moved to Vancouver in 1955 where he found work and got married in 1961, working in the business sector until retirement. . He and his wife Mary were members of the GVJCCA Human Rights Committee for over 23 years. They worked on projects together to find justice for the 1942 JC UBC students, Dr. Henry Sugiyama who was denied entrance to UBC in 1945 after winning a scholarship and removing Howard Green’s name off of a Federal building in Vancouver, the Hastings Park project and many others the Human Rights Committee was involved in. Tosh is now the VP of the NAJC and the Chair of the NAJC Human Rights Committee.