Fundraising Committee

Mandate: to solicit and secure financial support


  • Annual individual donation campaign(s)
  • Corporate networking and solicitation
  • Special/gala fundraising events
  • Develops fundraising packages and database
  • Research both individuals and organizations to be targeted for fundraising solicitations
  • Donor recognition events
  • Actively participates in promoting the Society through any and all networking possibilities
  • Identifies potential sources of advertising revenue
  • Aid in the identification and development of public funding sources (ie. Government grants and foundations)

If you’d like to join this committee, please contact Emiko Morita at emiko [at] or 604.739.9388.

Current Members

Rebecca Ho
Asia Harvey
Edward Takayanagi
Kohei Yoshino
Kyle Yakashiro
Sophia Kitazume, staff
Emiko Morita, staff

Members’ Bios

Emiko Morita became the Executive Director of Powell Street Festival in Vancouver 25 years after she first worked as an intern for the festival in 1990. In between, she was Marketing Director at Douglas & McIntyre Publishers, Export and Special Sales Manager at Raincoast Books and Marketing Manager at Polestar Press. She co-founded the Access Copyright Foundation and served as a board member there as well as the Association of Book Publishers of BC, Asian Canadian Writers Workshop and Modern Baroque Opera Society. 

Rebecca Ho is a Communications Officer for the Department of Economics at Simon Fraser University. She uses her skills in analytics, marketing, and communication to help students. She is proud to be a 4th generation Japanese Canadian and has attended many Powell Street Festivals in her youth.

Asia Harvey is a hapa yonsei Arts Administrator and Development Coordinator with a background in Art History.

Originally from Alberta, Edward Takayanagi attended university in Japan on the Monbusho Scholarship and lived in Kyoto for 4 years studying archaeology. He moved to Vancouver upon returning to Canada and attended Law School at UBC. After working for a Japanese plastics company for a number of years and practicing law in Vancouver, he is currently working Coast Mental Health Foundation. Edward has also been the president of the Vancouver Mokuyokai Society, is on the board of the Tomoe Arts Society and volunteers frequently with other community organizations.

Kohei Yoshino is currently the Manager of Operations and Planning at BC Children’s Hospital. His expertise includes strategic planning, financial management, continuous business process improvement, people and culture management, and coaching and mentoring. He first participated in Powell Street Festival back in 2015 as a performer/singer-songwriter and since then he has been regularly performing at the Festival while being an active member of its Fundraising Committee. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from UBC, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) as well as Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP). When he’s not working at the hospital, he performs as a singer-songwriter Ko-Ko ( and can be found busking on Granville Island on sunny weekends.