Happy New Year!

Introducing the 2015 JETAA Ottawa Executive Team 

As we make our way into the New Year 2015, the new JETAA Ottawa executive has been busy planning our winter activities! At a very successful first meeting, the new members were formally introduced to each other. I wanted to personally welcome all the new faces to what will hopefully be a great year working together. Say hello to our new executive:

2015 JETAA Ottawa Executive Board of Directors

President: Alex Svetlovsky

Vice President: Kyle Jorgensen

Treasurer: Keith Scobie

Conference Coordinator: Caroline Blouin

Events Coordinator: Malcolm Maclure

Communications Officer: Vixay Siriphongphanh

Secretary: Daniel Baker

Translator: Vacant

Co-Newsletter Editors: Caroline Blouin & Zach Mercer

Graphic Designer: Verity Lane

Web Developer: Janelle Weibelzahl

Social Media Coordinator: Janelle Weibelzahl

Dragonboat Coordinator: Vacant

-Alex Svetlowsky

Ski Trip to Mt. Killington, Vermont

This year NEJETAA will be hosting the 2nd Annual Northeastern Region Ski Trip from February 6th to 8th. We will be going to Killington Ski Resort, which is the largest Ski area in the eastern United States. We will be staying at the Cascades Lodge, which is a full service hotel with a pub and common areas for hanging out. It also offers a indoor swimming pool, a Finnish Sauna, and a hot tub. A hot breakfast is available on an individual basis for $15. Additionally, for those who are not interested in skiing, the Killington area offers much to do. There are options for individuals do Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and other winter activities. Killington Resort is also only 35 minutes from the lovely town of Woodstock, VT with many options for eating and shopping; and 20 minutes from the Long Trail Brewery.


If you plan on attending this event, please fill out the following form.


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Annual General Meeting and Positions

Another year has gone by and we are gearing up for our AGM and Bonenkai on December 11th, 2014! The AGM will start at 7:00pm and we will be electing the next Board of Directors (BoD) for 2015 starting at 8:00pm. If you are hoping to make connections with a group of people committed to giving back to JET and supporting the JET Alumni Association, this is the place for you! We are hoping to fill a number of positions (details on positions available below) through an election process. Therefore, not only do we would need candidates to be present, we also need Alumni to help us elect new and returning members to the future BoD.

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10th Annual Summer Festival | Natsumatsuri 2014


Come celebrate Ottawa’s 10th annual Japanese Summer Festival on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Marion Dewar Plaza!

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, JETAA Ottawa is teaming up with the City of Ottawa to hold the festival at Ottawa City Hall in the heart of Ottawa rain or shine. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese-Canadian performances and demonstrations, including martial arts, shamisen, ikebana flower arrangements, Japanese calligraphy, crafts, and displays. For the adventurous, sumo suits will be available for a small donation and those looking for a taste of Japan, can try Japanese-inspired hot dogs or “JETAA dogs” for free! This festival caters to all ages and for the children, come check out the children’s tent, balloon animals, and face painting.

We are looking for volunteers for the festival day. If you might be interested in volunteering for the festival – even just a couple hours – please send an email to events@jetaaottawa.ca. Bring a friend and volunteer together!  

For any other inquiries, please send an email to summer.festival@jetaaottawa.ca.

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10ième Festival annuel japonais | Natsumatsuri 2014

Venez célébrer le 10ième Festival annuel japonais d’Ottawa le samedi, 19 juillet, 2014, à la Place Marion Dewar !


Cette année, nous faisons équipe avec la Ville d’Ottawa. Le festival aura lieu en plein coeur du centre-ville sous le soleil ou sous la pluie. Régalez-vous de prestations et démonstrations d’arts martiaux, de shamisen, de compositions florales ikebana, de calligraphie, de l’artisanat et des expositions traditionnels et contemporains d’artistes japonais et japonais-canadiens. Pour ceux avec le sens de l’aventure, nous vous offrons, à l’échange d’un modeste don, de louer des costumes de luteur sumo. Pour ceux qui désirent goûter les saveurs du Japon, nous vous offrons gratuitement des hot dogs à l’inspiration Japonaise, nos “Chiens-chaut JETAA” ! L’événement s’offre tant aux adultes qu’aux enfants, qui pourront s’amuser sous la tente pour enfants, avec des animaux-balon ou à se faire maquiller.

Le festival vous est offert par l’Association des anciens du Programme d’échange et d’enseignement du Japon d’Ottawa (la JETAA Ottawa) et grâce à l’appui de l’Association communautaire japonaise d’Ottawa (la OJCA), la Société Canada-Japon d’Ottawa (la CJSO), la Ville d’Ottawa et de nombreux membres de la communauté japonaise d’Ottawa. Nous vous attendons en grand nombre !