Sweden House Society is made up of a number of great organizations who all encourage new membership. If you are interested in learning more about any of these groups, feel free to contact them directly!
Finlandssvenska Klubben brings Finnish Swedes and other interested together to enjoy club activities in order to keep up the Swedish language. The Club meets once a month at the Scandinavian Community Centre for a meeting and a social gathering. Secretary: Ann-Mari Rovatti – Ph: (604) 463‑6045. Email: Rovatti (at) telus.net
The North Shore Floorball Association was formed to provide a place for people who wanted to play the sport of Floorball with in an organized league environment. In addition, NSFA provides the arena for drop in players who have never played the sport, youth hockey teams that would like to add Floorball to their dryland training program and young children that would like to experience this new sport in a safe and instructive way.
NSFA is open to any family or individual that would like to play Floorball. Contact person: Ron Spence, president – 604 980-8866 / ron (at) ronspence.org
The Order of Runeberg is a fraternal organization founded in 1920 in the U.S.A. The Canadian Lodge began in Vancouver in the early 1920’s. The purpose of the Order was and still is to unite men and women of Finnish birth who speak and understand Swedish. This group is primarily known as Finn-Swedes. With the decline of immigration the Lodge expanded to include any nationality as long as the said member was and is interested in Lodge activities. Currently the club members meet 8-9 times a year for social activities, fellowship and food. Their main focus is scholarships and through their affiliation with the International Order of Runeberg, they contribute to the International Scholarship fund as well as the Finland House Society at the Scandinavian Centre. The club has a local membership of some 50 + and always welcome new members of any nationality. Contact person: Annabelle Kergan, secretary – (604) 291‑7601 / iakergan (at) telus.net
The Runeberg Chorus was originally founded by Swedish speaking Finnish immigrants and has been in existence since the 1920’s. Its repertoire consists of songs in all the Scandinavian languages. Norwegian and Danish speakers join the choir for performances and the program can be fitted to the event. Swedish songs are always part of the program. The choir practices at the Swedish Manor on Wednesdays at 7:30pm. Anyone interested in joining, please contact Dianne Kihlback (contact information below). The choir performs throughout the year, but is especially busy at Christmas time, with events at the Seniors Homes, Scandinavian Centre and Church services. It also performs at midsummer and other events such as the Runeberg day celebration in February. Contact person: Dianne Kihlback, president – 604-294-3715 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Society was founded in 1985 to help celebrate Vancouver’s Centennial & Expo 86. At the time , it was incorporated and registered as: “The Scandinavian Festival Society”. In June 1987, the name was changed to: “The Scandinavian Cultural Society” and its purpose is: To function as a corporate body of Scandinavian organizations and individuals interested in the purpose herein. To preserve and promote good will and understanding among Scandinavians. To work with other societies having purposes in harmony with those of this society. To perpetuate memories and traditions from Scandinavia for the benefit of future generations of British Columbia. To promote the awareness of contributions that Scandinavians have made to B.C. and the world. To promote and carry out Scandinavian Cultural events and activities. And to promote and support the arts, crafts and endeavors of Scandinavian heritage. Website: www.scandinavianculturalsociety.org Poul Erik Rasmussen, 604-526-1233. email@example.com
Swedish Women’s Educational Association Inc. is a global non-profit organization for Swedish speaking women who live or have lived abroad. We gather to enjoy our Swedish language, background and culture. SWEA is both a meeting point and a safety net with links all over the world, making life abroad easier, providing support when arriving in a new place or when returning to the home land. SWEA Vancouver is the local chapter and arranges monthly meetings and networking opportunities for its members. Contact person: Lena Normén-Younger – (604) 838-5362 / sweavanmemb (at) gmail.com Website: vancouver.swea.org
The Swedish Cultural Society is the organization for you who feel a connection to Swedish People, Culture and Traditions! We organize traditional cultural events, host activities involving Swedish art, music, film and dance and offer Swedish language courses both for adults and children. As a member you will receive a monthly newsletter, opportunity to participate in member activities, discounted tickets for cultural events and much more. Website: swedishculturalsociety.ca Contact person: AnnaCarin Törnqvist, chair – (604) 913-7747 / firstname.lastname@example.org Swedish classes for adults: Astrid Switzer – (604) 228-9160 / switzer9160 (at) shaw.ca
The Swedish Canadian Rest Home Association is a not-for-profit association, which owns and manages the care of three buildings in Burnaby: The Gustav Wasa Place, the Swedish Canadian Manor and the Swedish Assisted Living Assistance. All threee buildings have appartments or suites which are subsidized by BC Housing, making it one important site for low-cost housing for seniors in Burnaby. Contact person: Laila Axen – aaxen (at) shaw.ca
The Swedish School of Vancouver provides an after-school program for children in language and cultural studies. The school was established in 1978, and is a not-for-profit organization run by its members. We offer two hours of language immersion a week, with programs for children from preschool to high school. Our programs follow the curricula developed by the Swedish Department of Education (Skolverket) for after-school studies in the Swedish language. The Swedish School of Vancouver has a website with regular blogs about school & educational activities, as well as what to consider when raising a bilingual and multicultural kid. Our community is a great place to meet friends and families that share your experience of living abroad. Chair: Mia Logie. Phone: (604) 725-8431. E-mail: mia.logie (at) gmail.com Website: svenskaskolanvancouver.org School administrator: Sandra Benholm-Cheung — Email: swedishschoolvancouver (at) gmail.com
The Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Society (WSCCS) was formed in 2013 by members of the Swedish and Jewish communities. The WSCCS continues the legacy of the annual Wallenberg Day events in Vancouver: it recognizes and honours individuals who, at great personal risk, have helped others by acting against unjust laws, norms or conventions. At the January 2015 event, WSCCS presented the first Civil Courage Award to acknowledge heroic acts in today’s world. Contact: email@example.com Website: www.wsccs.ca