2024 JETAA Canada Representative Election

A message from Colleen Cheung, Elections Officer for the Canada country representative election this year:

The call for platforms for the JETAA Canada’s Country Representative has begun and we’re looking for interested candidates! The Canada country representative (CR) is the primary point of contact to Canada’s various chapters, and represents our country at the JETAA-International level, as required. Please see the attached PDF for further details on the Canada Rep’s responsibilities. Platforms are due Thursday, February 15, 2024!

Candidates are asked to submit a platform that states the following:

    • Experience with JETAA
    • Vision for future of JETAA chapters in Canada
    • Action plan for year ahead and ideas to strengthen JETAA Canada

All platforms should be submitted directly to Colleen, the Elections Officer, at 2024jetaacanadaelections「at」gmail「dot」com. The platform should not exceed 2 pages long.

The schedule of the 2024 election is as follows:

    •  Elections Officer calls for platforms: January 10, 2024
    •  Candidate platforms due: Feb 15, 2024
    •  Platforms collected and sent to chapters: Feb 20, 2024
    •  Chapter Voting closes: Mar 26, 2024
    •  Elections  Officer publishes results: Apr 1, 2024
NOTE: Cut-off time will be 11:59 pm Pacific Time on the days noted above.

AGM 2023 and Incoming Executive

On December 9, we held our Annual General Meeting (minutes available here). Thanks to everyone who attended! We enjoyed sushi and snacks and democracy. Our chapter remains in good fiscal health and we’re excited to welcome a new exec member.

photo of sushi at the meeting

Please welcome our 2024 executive committee:

President Yeti Mallavi Treasurer Caitlan Wilson
Vice-President Shuaib Syed Secretary Anna Rayner-Grignon
Social media Zoe Maple Newsletter Editor Erica Long
Webmaster Joshua Rose

photo of new executive personnel - casual

Incoming executive at the Change-over Meeting on January 27

At the AGM, beyond our election, we also discussed the prior year – check out our 2023 Retrospective – and made some major announcements regarding Natsu Matsuri and Japanese classes.

Regarding Natsu Matsuri, many of you are already aware that this summer’s event was our Sunset Edition. This amazing event has outgrown our chapter’s capacity to organize and to fund, and so we have passed the baton to our community partners. Keep your eyes peeled for coming announcements on the future of the event!

Regarding Japanese classes, we were sad to announce that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has cut funding for the program worldwide. We were able to secure interim funding from CLAIR for this year. We are currently exploring alternative funding options, including grants and fundraising. We welcome any suggestions or contacts you may have.

Presentation from our outgoing president

Outgoing President Shuaib Syed was proud to show off the Ambassador’s Award for promoting Canada-Japan relations, which was awarded to JETAA Ottawa in August.

President shows award

Message from our incoming president

Happy Year of the Dragon, everyone! My name is Yeti Mallavi. I was formerly the vice-president and am now president. I’m excited to start this new role, try new events, and support our community in a variety of ways. If you have any events you would like to promote, as always, please feel free to share with exec@jetaaottawa.ca.

Douzo yoroshiku onegaimasu.


Japanese Movie Weekend [FREE] Nov 3-5

JETAA Ottawa and The Japan Foundation, Toronto are very happy to welcome you to the free online screening of “The Restaurant in the Sky“. The movie will have japanese dialogue with english subtitles.

This online film screening is available for free from Friday, November 3, 5:59 PM (ET) to Sunday, November 5, 11:59PM (ET). After watching, please share your comments about the film in our short questionnaire.

Access your Free movie screening HERE!


理は、 妻のこと絵、一人娘の潮莉とのしあわせな家族 3 人暮らし。自然に寄り添った食
つく。それは、せたなの おいしいもの を広く届けるため、一日限定のレストランを開く

Wataru lives happily with his wife, Kotoe, and daughter , Shiori, in Setana, Hokkaido. He runs a cheese factory and raises cattle on a ranch with a view of the ocean that he inherited from his father. His cheese-making skills are still mediocre, so he is constantly getting scolded by his strict master. But Wataru enjoys a good life with a group of like -minded friends that are always there for each other.
Then Kanbe, a young shepherd from Tokyo, joins their circle, and the friends find pleasure in “good food” that they produce themselves and share with one another. Then one day, a chef from a famous restaurant in Sapporo, who is attracted by their food, pays them a visit.

They are ecstatic that their products are made even more delicious by this chef, and together they start planning a one -day-only restaurant to spread their joy to other people.

Live and Teach in Japan: Deadline Nov 14, 2023

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme seeks to enhance internationalisation and enhance foreign language education at the local level through the fostering of ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth alike.


The Japan Foundation is Japan’s only Institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs and aspires to the role of catalyst for international exchanges throughout the world.

JETAA Ottawa was founded in 1991 and is one of 52 JETAA chapters in 17 countries with over 60,000 members. Our main mission is to promote Canada-Japan relations within the Canadian societal landscape.

Our Friends


Virtual Cooking Class – Daifuku (Sept 2)

Join the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association of Ottawa for a virtual cook-along cooking class. We’ll be making daifuku, or anko filled mochi – sweet bean paste filled gluttonous rice. Pick your favourite bean paste, some strawberries if you like, and follow along in your own kitchen.

We look forward to seeing you!

DATE: Saturday, September 2nd, 2023
TIME: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
WHERE: Online (Zoom)
PRICE: Free + Cost of Ingredients
REGISTRATION: Required via Eventbrite

If you have any questions or concerns, please email exec@jetaaottawa.ca.

What ingredients do I need?
Mochi: 115 g (¾ cup) mochiko glutinous rice flour 50 g (¼ cup) granulated sugar 180 ml (¾ cup) water
Filling: 480 g (1 ½ cup) anko red bean paste (optional) 10 – 15 strawberries For shaping: 1 cup or more cornstarch

There’s a few kinds of anko (bean paste) – which should I use?
That’s up to you! Koshi-an is smooth red bean paste. Tsubo-an is chunky. Shiro-an is white bean paste. The event picture is shiro-an strawberry daifuku.

What equipment do I need?
Microwave safe bowl
Mixing spoon or rice paddle
Saran wrap
Measuring cups and spoons
Plates (Optional)
Cookie sheet and parchment/silicon mat



Follow along with us on Monday, September 28th for our 4th workshop on shodo with sensei Johanne Léveillé! Ms. Léveillé started practicing shodo in 1985 while living in Japan. She received a teaching certificate from Tokyo Daito Shogakuin (東京大東署学院). She is now based in Ottawa where she has participated in several exhibitions, including at the Embassy of Japan.

The event is free! All you will need to pay for is the cost of materials which you can find here! To register for the event, please register on our Eventbrite! To view the materials needed for this workshop, please find them here!

We look forward to seeing you!

DATE: Monday, August 28th, 2023
TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET
WHERE: Online (Zoom)
PRICE: Free + Cost of Materials
REGISTRATION: Required via Eventbrite

If you have any questions or concerns, please email exec@jetaaottawa.ca.