Like many Japanese-Canadians, Kristin describes herself as reserved. Yet her personal and professional life would suggest otherwise. This open-minded, dynamic and energetic associate investment advisor at HollisWealth, who devotes herself to worthy causes, was born in 1986 to Japanese Canadian parents and grew up in Toronto. Whether at summer camp, Japanese odori dancing, swimming, or during her participation in competitive horseback riding, her childhood and adolescent activities often placed her at the heart of the action, surrounded by children from various cultural backgrounds. Organization, planning and communication are the keywords that guide this University of Guelph Bachelor of Arts graduate.
In addition to her organizational responsibilities at the financial firm where she works, Kristin has been supporting the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) mission for several years, through her role as volunteer leader and committee member. She also helped establish their social media presence. It is not surprising to learn that her hobbies include cooking, baking and photography. Since 2011, she has visited the country of her parents and grandparents repeatedly and refined her skills as a photographer and chronicler of Japanese social life. Without a doubt influenced by the sociology curriculum studied at university, she presents a society and region where everything is in its proper place and order. Respect of the environment and laws are in the Japanese DNA: this is evident everywhere! While some use the words “conformity” and “meticulous” to describe this particular culture, art is an outlet for many. In the past, this was evident in traditional dance, music and costumes, while today it is through visual arts and animation.
Describing herself as a Canadian of Japanese descent always influenced by Japanese culture, she views Canada as a progressive country where there is a collective code of conduct by which most Canadians live. They are polite, welcoming, warm and have a festive spirit. The inclusive values that today are at the forefront of Canadian society help ease the errors of the past. The Canadian government imprisoned Chinese and Japanese people and imposed a head tax on Asian immigrants arriving on Canadian soil. Kristin is now proud of the values that drive Canadian society: open-mindedness, the respect of diversity and cultural traditions, freedom of expression and equal opportunity. Since 2012, Kristin devotes her time and energy to various causes that focus on welcoming and including cultural communities and sharing between them. She is the vice-president of the Canadian Multicultural Council — Asians in Ontario, and on the JCCC Board of Directors. Furthermore, she is a member of the Toronto Police Service Asia Pacific Community Consultative Committee. It is undeniable that Kristin embodies the essence of serving the community and honouring her values.