In July we have a panel of women who have been in Japan for ten, twenty and thirty years to celebrate the final meeting of the 30th anniversary year of FEW. These gifted women will celebrate life in Tokyo and share their stories. A unique and special close to a benchmark FEW year
Doreen Simmons, from Nottingham, England, has been living and working in Tokyo since 1973, after seven years as an Army teacher in Singapore. She’s a bit of a Jill of all trades; she started off teaching Latin and Greek to university entrance level, then English as a Foreign Language.
She now sub-edits some of the English produced in several Japanese government offices, but has also had a long and profitable side career as a narrator and voice actor and as a feature writer and columnist. To add balance and spice to life, she still does quite a lot of folk singing and novelty percussion, mainly in pubs for discounted beer. She is, however, probably best known as a sumo commentator on NHK’s world-wide satellite TV program, a long-standing columnist of the recently-folded Kansai Time Out, and a source of information for journalists preparing stories on sumo and other aspects of traditional Japan.
Since 1990 Kim has been based in Japan among her jobs here are narrator, on-camera presenter, voice actress, DJ for TV news programs, corporate PR videos, TV and radio commercials, video games, animations, educational videos and CDs.
She is the author for university-level English texts and corresponding tape/video scripts for Sanshusha Publishing, author/interviewer for educational publications including ALC Press, TOEIC Friends, and NHK, Co-Author and performer for children’s musical play “Let’s Go Eigo”, an interactive, educational play for Japanese elementary and junior high students.
She is the president of The Tyler Foundation, an organization that supports children with childhood cancer, which she founded in 2006 with her husband, Mark Ferris.
She holds a B.A. Mathematics form the University of Virginia –College of Arts and Sciences and M.S. Systems Engineering, University of Virginia – School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Petra Lapiste has been living in Japan for over 8 years and has brought cultural sensitivity and diversity to all facets of her work. From Corporate Training to Trinidadian cooking instruction – it has always been Petra’s mission to broaden her client’s horizons and allow them to understand that the Caribbean and African Diaspora have a deep richness and history. The gorgeous textiles and symbols of Ghana, the soulful rhythm of Trinidadian music, Afro-Caribbean fashion, diverse and flavourful cuisine and the beauty of English language communication are what Petra wants her clients to savour, experience and return for more.
Petra hails from Montreal, where she was born from a Trinidadian father and a Grenadian mother. Both her parents instilled in her the principles of dedication, honesty, cultural awareness and hard work. After graduating from Concordia University with a Specialization in Cell & Molecular Biology, she worked at RBC Financial Group then moved to Japan to pursue a career in teaching. To hone her teaching skills she received a Cambridge University CELTA certificate in Bangkok, Thailand.
Petra’s years of world travel have enabled her to experience a wide variety of foods, cultures and enriching philosophies.
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These fees cover FEWâ€™s costs for rental of the facility as well as a light buffet dinner and beverages (with and without alcohol, vegetarian choices are available).
Special meetings, such as Brunches, the Career Strategies Seminar,Â Charity Events, etc. are priced according to actual costs.
If you are curious yet undecided about becoming a member, join us at one of our monthly meetings held on the second Thursday of each month or any of the events listed on our website for a taste of what FEW has to offer.Â We would love to meet you!
FEW Member Benefits
ALL members of FEW enjoy many benefits including:
- Monthly electronic newsletter (you are welcome to make announcements here!)
- Discounted fees for monthly meetings and other events
- Employment opportunities
- Social and business networking
- Member-only special events
- Committee activities
- Access to special benefits and services with our Strategic Partners
- FEW Benefits card which provides freebies and discounts at participating restaurants in the Tokyo area.
- Online and interactive Members Only section on the Website (upcoming!)