Member Organizations

British Columbia Finnish War Veterans

BC’s Sotaveteraanit group provides social contact, fellowship, entertainment and support for Finnish War Veterans and their supporting membership.

Esko Kajander by ekaj@nullshaw.ca

Canadian Friends of Finland

CFF is a federally incorporated non-profit organization that promotes cultural, scientific and academic exchanges between Canada and Finland. CFF Vancouver organizes cultural events in the field of fine arts, architecture, literature, music, film and science.

Dianne Kilback – Ph: 604 294-3715 or dkilback@nulloutlook.com

Finlands Svenska Klubben

FSK started in 1958 and its purpose is to bring together Swedish speaking Finns and those interested in the spirit, heritage, and culture of Finland, and to arrange festivals and social gatherings.

George Nelson – Ph: (604) 465-9758 or by geonel@nullshaw.ca

FinnFun School of Vancouver

FinnFun School provides a Finnish speaking environment for those interested in learning or maintaining their Finnish language skills. The school also promotes Finnish traditions and culture.Finnish holidays and celebrations form a large part of the curriculum. From time to time, students learn to bake Finnish delicacies or work on special craft projects. Younger students also learn through songs and games. Finnish movies, magazines, and newspapers are used to facilitate learning and to create a fun atmosphere.

It doesn’t matter what age you are or how much Finnish you know. You are always welcome to join FinnFun.

FinnFun School offers lessons in conversational Finnish to both adults and children, from beginners to advanced speakers.

Selja Nyberg by info@nullfinnfun.org

Finnish Canadian Fish and Game Club

Paukku ja Koukku was formed in 1964 and its mandate is to promote and participate in all sorts of outdoor activities, such as hunting, fishing, fish and wildlife conservation, as well as practicing and teaching good sportsmanship, outdoor safety and ethics.

Markus Haukka  mhaukka@nullme.com

Finnish Canadian Rest Home Association

The Finnish Canadian Rest Home Association is a non-profit society which was founded in 1958 by a group of civic-minded Finnish Canadians. They saw a need in the community to establish and operate not only residential care facilities for persons in need of such care but also low rental housing for senior citizens while creating an environment to satisfy the cultural and social needs of people with Finnish and Estonian ancestry. Today, the Finnish Canadian Rest Home Association operates two highly-regarded residential care facilities in Metro Vancouver, the Finnish Manor in Burnaby and the Finnish Home in Vancouver as well as low rental housing on both sites.

Aki Lintunen by fcrha-directors@nullfinncarebc.ca

Finnish Heritage Society

The Heritage Society was established in 1983 to gather, catalog, store and display artifacts made or used by BC Finns as well as to preserve Finnish cultural heritage, writings, music, artifacts and memorabilia for British Columbians.

Juhani Saarinen 604-582-1931

Runeberg Chorus

The Chorus’ 30+ membership strives to advance the public education and appreciation of the art of choral and Scandinavian music by holding public concerts, and to help entertain persons in hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities through free concerts.

Dianne Kilback – Ph: (604) 294-3715 or by  dkilback@nulltelus.net

Runeberg Social Club

Runeberg Social Club is the registered entity of the Order of Runeberg, Vancouver Lodge 124  which was organized in 1925.

The Order bears the name of Johan Ludwig Runeberg, Finland’s National Poet. The aim of the Order of Runeberg, as a fraternal organization, is  to encourage unity, friendship, helpfulness, honor and preservation of the Finnish-Swedish culture.

Lorene Mara  Phone 604 – 939-5235  or by  moopeople@nullshaw.ca

Vancouver Finlandia Club

In 1971, VFC formed as a non-profit, non-religious and non-political club to integrate and enlighten BC’s Finns, to improve its members’ well-being, to make Finland’s culture known to Canadians and vice versa. VFC sponsors children’s and adults’ folk dancing, athletic events and language lessons, grants scholarships, and holds numerous social events throughout the year.

 

Other Finnish Organizations

Finnish Bethel Church

Kanadan Länsirannikon Suomalainen Luterilainen Seurakunta
Pastor Timo Saarinen – Ph: (604) 521-7927