Today, this very day – although the notion of time becomes quite blurry after a while – brave souls wandered into the Argo Bookshop lounge to discuss Natsuo Kirino’s The Goddess Chronicle.
In order to thank the numerous members who volunteered for various events throughout the year, JETAA Q/A and the Montreal JET Desk organised an afternoon of games, revelry, treats (both comestible and otherwise) and Japanese-style certificates! We congratulate all winners for their new titles, which they will not be allowed to forget.
On a shiny, bright day – at least, that is what we recall, even though it should have been a dark, rainy evening – JETAA Q/A members and friends set foot on the stage of the Argo Bookshop lounge to perform a discussion of Yukio Mishima’s debut novel, “Confessions of a Mask”.
The JETs have returned! And the party was unleashed!
Did this really happen?
On August 12, several JETAA Q/A members and former MEXT scholars helped run the JET Programme Alumni Association Booth to talk about working and studying in Japan, with a photo exhibit and a prize draw for attendees!
With the rising sun on the morning of July 29, members of the 2017 JETAA Q/A executive committee were at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport to assist the JET Desk and send off the new JETs.
On July 28, 2017, Quebec and Atlantic JET Programme participants attended Pre-Departure Orientation in Montreal to get ready for departure on the following day, with final workshops and presentations from JETAA Q/A and the Montreal JET Desk. Afterwards, new JETs, alumni and members of the Montreal Japanese community were invited to a farewell cocktail at the official residence of Consul-General of Japan, Hideaki Kuramitsu.
On July 8 and 9, JETAA Q/A and the JET Desk gave workshops on various topics, including classroom management, team-teaching dynamics, lesson planning, and cultural representation. The driving objective of the weekend was to help participants prepare their self-introduction lessons.
On June 23, 24 and 25, a three-day Weekend Orientation was held in Halifax for Atlantic JET Programme shortlisted and alternate candidates. Several JETAA Q/A members attended to give advice and share their experiences. In addition to several presentations, participants enjoyed a workshop on Japanese matcha and, during one memorable evening, unwinded at a local karaoke bar.