Japanese classes for JETAA Q/A members, 2017 JET Programme participants and JET hopefuls were held in May and June at McGill Thomson House, with Japanese language instructors Patrick Chaury and Hidetaka Yoneyama.
On June 10 and 11, JET Programme Short-Listed Candidates and JET Hopefuls attended Weekend Orientation in Montreal to learn more about living and working in Japan, through presentations and workshops given by JETAA Q/A members and guests. Several cultural aspects were introduced throughout the weekend, including bento lunches on both days and a traditional Japanese dance lesson with Ms. Kayo Yasuhara from Komachi Montréal on Sunday.
On the evening of June 10th, several Weekend Orientation attendees in Montreal got together at Pang Pang to sing their hearts out. Karaoke classics in several styles – and in several languages! – got their minute of glory.
Every year, representatives from the seven Canadian JET Alumni Association chapters gather for a national conference. This year, the conference was hosted by JETAA Northern Alberta in Edmonton, and I was given the honour to represent JETAA Q/A and attend.
Find your inner fruit!
This year, the Japanese cooking workshop for JET Programme participants was held at Marusan Comptoir Japonais (401 Notre-Dame Ouest), allowing departing JETs to be taught by a professional chef
On the afternoon of May 19, 2017, in the spirit of o-Hanami, JETAA Q/A members and new JET Programme participants gathered under the flowering trees of Westmount Park to enjoy Japanese-style snacks and beverages as well as baked goods and omiyage from an alumni recently back from trip to Japan!
We have no interest in ordinary humans. If there are any aliens, time travelers, sliders, or espers here, come join us. That is all.
On January 21, 2017, JETAA Q/A held its Annual General Meeting at Marusan Comptoir Japonais, a Japanese restaurant/pop-up Izakaya in the Old Port neighborhood. Following a brief overview of 2016-2017 events, a new executive committee was elected for the 2017-2018 term. Afterwards, two videos used during JET promotion and training were presented to attendees.
During their last meeting of the year, the 2016 JETAA Q/A Executive Committee signed postcards and got care packages ready for current JETs who stayed in touch with the Montreal JET Desk and contributed to improving the Pre-Departure process.