The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 was the beginning of turmoil for Japanese Canadians. Sid Ikeda and his family were among those who were taken to internment camps, with each person allowed to bring only one suitcase. If moving from camp to camp wasn’t difficult enough, Sid’s father died unexpectedly in 1943 leaving his mother caring for seven children on her own. Despite the challenges, the entire family never developed any animosity or lost hope in their country. Instead, Sid learned at an early age the importance of human compassion and understanding.
After the war ended, Sid’s mother brought the family to Toronto and rebuilt their lives. As a mature 13 year-old, Sid began working odd jobs while attending school to support the family. A self-starter, Sid continued to improve himself through night school after graduating from high school.
At the age of 22, Sid got a job at Eaton’s shoveling coal. Through an unparalleled work ethic, assertiveness, and continuous education, Sid finished his 40-year career at Eaton’s as its National Environment and Energy Manager.
Sid was extremely active in the community, serving on boards of many organizations including the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Momiji Healthcare Society, Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation, Toronto Area Interfaith Council, Rotary Club of Toronto Forest Hill, just to name a few. He also founded Japanese & Canadian Community Network Organization and Canadian Multicultural Council.