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.
On December 7, a reception was held at the Residence of Consul General Kuramitsu for recent JET Returnees, in company of JETAA Q/A Executives and representatives of the local Japanese community. On this occasion, JETAA Q/A veteran Philippe Arseneau received the Award of the Consul General for his continued support of Japan through tourism, business and culture.
On December 2, JETAA Q/A and friends celebrated the end of the year with a ramen-themed bounenkai at Schlouppe Bistrot Nakamichi.
To thank its numerous volunteers who helped run events over the past few months, JETAA Q/A organized an afternoon get-together that included snacks, refreshments, and games (along with some prizes for attendees!).