Paul greatly influenced many students and to honor the his memory East Van Aikikai, with the blessing and support of Paul’s family and close friends, has established The James Paul Martin Memorial Grant and Annual Seminar.
The grant will go to the art therapy program at Admiral Seymour Elementary School in the downtown eastside of Vancouver. Paul greatly enjoyed drawing and cartooning; it was a therapeutic, creative outlet for him, and this annual grant will allow Paul’s legacy to live on for generations of deserving children.
The following story ran in the Vancouver Sun on December 23rd and provides background for what we hope to accomplish.
In support of this initiative, Joel Posluns of North Vancouver Aikikai,121
East 1st Street, will host the 1st annual seminar at their dojo to help raise funds for the grant.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
1:15pm – 2:15pm
2:30pm – 3:30pm
$30 for whole seminar
$12 a class.
Tony Hind, 6th dan
North Vancouver Aikikai,
121 East 1st Street
The more we raise will allow us to offer more support to the program and help more children. To that effect, we encourage dojos and members across Canada who are unable to attend and wish to contribute to hold their own event in Paul’s memory or simply contribute.
Please send contributions by May 15th to:
Seymour Elementary School
c/o Nathalie Patel
#20-1110 Odlum Drive
The funds raised will be presented to Admiral Seymour School on May 29th.
We will announce the amount and contributor’s names by email at that time.
The principal of the school is very appreciative and has assured us that 100% of the grant money will be put towards the art therapy program. He has invited us to come by anytime to visit and observe the program.
Paul would have been very happy to have seen these vulnerable students, many of whom are dealing with mental health issues, receive this kind of care and help. Regardless of dojo location or organization affiliation, this is an excellent opportunity for members of the Canadian Aikido community to join together and use our collective strength to contribute to this excellent cause.
East Van Aikikai