The Icelandic Canadian Club of British Columbia
The Icelandic Canadian Club of British Columbia (ICCBC) traces its beginning to August 8th, 1908, when the Literary Society Ingólfur was established in Vancouver. Since it was established the name of the Club has been changed twice. The first change took place in 1946 when Ingólfur merged with the social club Ísafold under the name Ströndin. The second change took place in 1967 when the new name was adopted as part of a long-term re-organization of the Club. But through these nine decades and three different names the unity of the membership and the objectives of promoting a common fellowship and friendship between persons of Icelandic descent – remains unchanged.
The objects of the Society are:
(a) To promote an interest in Icelandic culture, traditions and fellowship;
(b) To promote the observation of Icelandic holidays;
(c) To entertain prominent guests from Iceland and North America;
(d) To bring together Icelanders, Canadians and other persons interested in the Icelandic culture, traditions and fellowship;
(e) To continue the objectives of the Ströndin Chapter of the INL.
The Icelandic Canadian Club of BC is one of the largest Icelandic clubs in North America. We have a membership of about 500 people of all ages. We are a dynamic group and have many Icelandic cultural activities for all members of the family. We invite you to join us. We hold Icelandic language classes, maintain an Icelandic Heritage Library and Genealogy Centre, celebrate Icelandic holidays and cultural traditions. We produce an 8 page monthly newsletter for its friends and members, and offer a scholarship program to students of Icelandic descent. We provide presentations and lectures on various topics related to Iceland and Icelandic Canadians to the general public and schools and at multicultural events. The ICCBC member of the Icelandic National League of North America(Þjóðræknisfélag Íslendinga í Vesturheimi) to achieve a voice for Icelandic Culture throughout North America. ICCBC maintains a relationship with the Icelandic Care Home Society and its Icelandic Harbour.
As an active member of the Scandinavian Community Centre (SCC) and part owner of the facilities, we participate in the activities of the SCC. The Iceland Room of the SCC was officially opened on October 5, 2013.