Dorothy Toshiye Tanaka, 1924 – 2015

Dorothy Toshiye Tanaka

Dorothy Toshiye Tanaka, 1924 – 2015 TJLS School Principal (1979 – 2012) and Teacher


With much sadness, we regret to inform you that our former School Principal, Toshiye Tanaka passed away on January 2, 2015.  Tanaka-san was the longest serving principal in our school’s history. During her 33 year tenure as Principal, she established the Okamatsu Speech Contest, oversaw the school’s incorporation as a Charitable Not-For-Profit school and the school’s 40th, 50th and 60th Anniversaries. She has grown the school from a small community institution to one of the most established and well-respected Japanese language schools in Canada, and at the same time has touched the hearts and educated the minds of thousands of students. She has passed to every one of her students and staff her curiosity to learn, passion to teach and her resolve to achieve. We’ll all miss her, and our thoughts and best wishes are with her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre or to the Toronto Japanese Language School.