This is one of our feature projects to commemorate the Heiwa Garden’s 10th anniversary.
Heiwa Garden was conceived by Mearnie Summers in 2003 when she heard Rose Murakami’s talk about her family’s story at the SS Historical Society meeting. She spearheaded the creation of a Garden of Unity and Reconciliation with her partner Caffyn Kelly. The Society was formed in 2004, fundraising began, and the phase one of Heiwa Garden was completed in 2009 !
Mearnie was a remarkable person; an activist of gender inequality and LGBT rights, and a pioneer, teacher, and athlete. Sadly, she passed away in 2017. We would like to build a small rock garden in Heiwa Garden to commemorate her passion and keep her legacy alive.
JGS has started fundraising efforts to create this memorial corner.
Island Saving Credit Union is setup to receive donations by e-transfer as auto-deposits (no security question/answer needed).
This year’s Blossom Picnic will be on Saturday May 11th from 11am to 3pm at Heiwa Garden in the Peace Park (opposite side of Artspring in Ganges, Salt Spring Island).
This year, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of Heiwa Garden. Collaborating with the Japanese community on Salt Spring Island, we will create a festival that will be fun for everyone, featuring music, martial art demos, cultural presentations, and everybody’s favourite: home-style lunches.
We are very pleased to announce the launch of an exciting project to conduct research on the Japanese Canadian charcoal kilns of the Gulf Islands. We have received a one-time $24,000 grant from the BC | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada Fund offered by the BC Museum Association, and a one-time $2,500 grant from the Endowment Fund of the National Association of Japanese Canadians.
Japanese charcoal pit kilns have been located in Mouat Park
The Japanese Garden Society is launching a new project in partnership with the Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission – the Restoration of the Japanese Charcoal Pit Kilns. As PARC has been such a great partner, we are feeling very hopeful about the project.
The society has started a fundraising campaign to raise funds to get the project moving. We recently received some good news that we’ve been chosen to receive grants from the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society and the Salt Spring Foundation.