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Russ is a Japanese Canadian Sansei born and raised in Calgary Alberta. He has a Bachelors Degree in design and works as a graphic designer. He enjoys golf and watching hockey and football and volunteers for both the Calgary Japanese Community Association and Calgary Buddhist Temple.

The National Association of Japanese Canadians proudly presents a special pin collection to honor the 'Issei' to 'Gosei' generations.

Each design features the maple leaf and sakura, symbolizing the Japanese Canadian cultural blend.