Prestigious award for Tasaka

Chuck Tasaka claims third place in the B.C. Genealogical Society book awards.

Chuck Tasaka

Former Greenwood resident Chuck Tasaka’s book My Hometown, My Furusato: Family History of Greenwood-Midway was awarded third place in the B.C. Genealogical Society book awards for 2014. Tasaka was honoured at a special awards ceremony on June 13 in Burnaby.

Born in Midway 70 years ago, Tasaka’s family moved to Greenwood when he was a toddler and he lived there until he graduated from the now-defunct high school.

Upon graduation, Tasaka enrolled at the University of British Columbia, eventually attaining his teaching degree and embarking on a long teaching career on Vancouver Island. He currently resides in Nanaimo.

This was his second book about the area, and copies are for sale in the museum. His current locally-based project is the restoration of Greenwood’s Ohairi Park, which he hopes to transform into a vibrant monument to the Nikkei people who once lived there.

Tasaka will also serve as guide for a group of Japanese tourists when they visit Greenwood on July 13.