Mayor's Arts Award for Volunteerism

Mary Jane Morita, Mayor's Arts Award for Volunteerism honoree

2016 recipient

Mary Jane Morita


Mary Jane Morita spent 40 years as a lab technologist before pursuing a new path of art studies and community service. Her journey began with a 1000 Origami Crane Project in memory of the victims of Hiroshima.

Later, she joined an Origami Club (P.A.L.M.) formed by artist Joseph Wu and friends. She was the volunteer coordinator for their “Masters of Origami” conference. Since 2005, she has taught origami to teen volunteers and children at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. She has also taught at the Powell Street, Sakura, and Whistler Children’s Festivals and has held various volunteer roles at the Arts Club Theatre Company, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, Vancouver Art Gallery and Tourism Vancouver. Mary Jane is privileged to work with many volunteers who are also worthy of recognition.

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