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Lorene Oikawa

Vice President

Lorene is the President of the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association (GVJCCA). In addition to her work for the GVJCCA, Lorene is an Assistant Supervisor with the provincial government. She also served three terms (2005-2014) as an Executive Vice President for the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU).

Lorene is an activist who speaks and writes on a range of topics including women in leadership, human rights, migrant workers, food security, and social media. She is also a director on the board of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF), and hosts screenings in BC.

Her education includes a BA (UBC) and she is a strong advocate of life-long learning. She was part of a multi-union design team that created a climate change workshop for union educators across Canada.

Lorene is a fourth generation British Columbian whose family migrated from Japan in the 1800’s and 1906. Her family is connected to environmental concerns including the early work of her Uncle Buck (T. Buck Suzuki) to protect fish habitat.

On board since: September 2008


  • West Coast Environmental Law Association
  • West Coast Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund Society
  • West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation