Board of Directors

The board is committed to adhering to the vision, mission and the philosophies of the Temple. The board responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing day-to-day activities, special events and projects
  • Managing financial activities including fundraising and ensuring appropriate financial reporting.
  • Management oversight of the resident minister.

The board meets monthly and we invite everyone to come out and get involved by participating and/or volunteering at various activities and events.

Dr Lester Ikuta, President
Lester has been a life long member of the JSBTC and has been a member of the Calgary Buddhist Temple since moving to Calgary in 1970.  He married his wife Mickey in the present temple location in 1987, and with his 3 children have been active members.

Lester has been a board member of this temple continuously since 1985 and is currently the president.  He is a practicing dentist in his busy south Calgary practice.  When he is not working, he has volunteered his time from coaching both hockey and lacrosse to helping other non-profit and for-profit organizations.   His hobbies include skiing, hockey, golfing, and especially traveling.

Laura Sugimoto, Vice President
Laura and her husband Tom have been members of the Sangha for over 30 years.  She has been a Board member for more than 8 years and is currently the President of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temple of Canada.  She is a retired senior commercial lawyer and has extensive experience volunteering in non-profit organizations in Calgary.

Ken Nishi, Secretary
Ken and his wife Mary have been members of the Sangha for over 20 years. Their three children have attended Dharma school and participated in many of the Temple activities and events.  Ken has been on the temple board as secretary for the last 14 years.

Cari V, Treasurer

Doug Hironaka, Director
Doug has served on the board since May 2010. He has been a life long member of the Calgary Buddhist Temple. He works as a graphic designer in Calgary and is involved in the temple’s communication committee.

Jackie Robb, Director
Jackie Robb was born into and raised in the Sangha of the Raymond Buddhist Church. After many years of living in cities with no access to a Jodo Shinshu Temple, Jackie and Barrie relocated to Calgary in 2006 and joined the CBT Sangha. 

Yuko (Lilian) Ono, Director
Yuko (Lillian) Ono became a member of the Temple in 2008 when she and her family moved to Calgary from Japan. She was on the board from 2016-2018, and rejoined in 2020.

Doug Cruickshank, Director
Doug and his wife Elaine Kaga began attending service shortly after their daughter was born. They were introduced to Jodo Shinshu by Elaine’s parents, who were very active in the Taber temple. Doug has an accounting background and once discovered by the board, was gently persuaded to assume the role of Treasurer. Subsequently, he has served two terms in that role, including the renovation years and related debt management.

Masaye Tanaka, Director
Masaye Tanaka was born into and raised in the Sangha of the Raymond Buddhist Church and  attended Lethbridge Honpa Buddhist Temple. She is a retired medical laboratory technologist and volunteers with Special Olympics,  wheelchair curling and junior curling,  Masaye joined the CBT board in 2018.

Jean Masuda, Director, bio pending

Laurie Takeda, Director
Laurie has been an active member of Jodo Shinshu Temples in Canada for over 38 years – 23 of those with the Kelowna Buddhist Temple where she served on the Board as well as the Fujinkai for several years. She was married in the Lethbridge Honpa Temple. Laurie moved to Calgary in 2018 and joined the Board in 2020.