Member Organizations

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

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

North Shore Floor Ball Association

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

Order of Runeberg #124

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

Runeberg Choir

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 Kil­back, pres­i­dent — 604–294-3715  /  dkilback@nulltelus.net

Scandinavian Cultural Society

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. sonofrasmus@nullshaw.ca

SWEA — Swedish Women’s Educational Association

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

Swedish Cultural Society (Svenska Kulturföreningen)

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: Chair Ellen Petersson  artfromtheheart.petersson@nullgmail.com or  swedishculturalsociety.ca@nullgmail.com
Swedish class­es for adults: Åsa Eidelöf is the con­tact for lan­guage class­es eidelofasa@nullhotmail.com

 Swedish Cana­di­an Rest Home Asso­ci­a­tion

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 three build­ings have apart­ments 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

Swedish School of Vancouver

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)

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: info@nullwsccs.ca Web­site: www.wsccs.ca