Finnish Canadian Documentary Film

A screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary film
From the Front to the West Coast:
The Rec­ol­lec­tions of the Finnish War Vet­er­ans in Van­cou­ver

Date: Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 23, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Loca­tion: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre

January 23 militaria

Come ear­ly! Bri­an Kvist with assis­tance from Paul Juok­su will have a Dis­play of Finnish Mil­i­taria
includ­ing full uni­forms, weapon­ry and orig­i­nal doc­u­ments.

This is an emo­tive doc­u­men­tary direct­ed and pro­duced in British Colum­bia about Finnish World War II Vet­er­ans. The vet­er­ans tell their sto­ries reveal­ing his­to­ry through per­son­al expe­ri­ence: why and how they fought; the per­son­al con­se­quences, as well as the con­se­quences to the coun­try as a whole; tragedy and hope. The archival footage is fas­ci­nat­ing. The cap­ti­vat­ing sto­ries depict the sig­nif­i­cance of home dur­ing child­hood and youth. It also tells the sto­ry of how and why they left Fin­land after the war to start a new life in Cana­da. Even though the top­ic is war, humour has not been for­got­ten.
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Come and meet direc­tor Satu Bell. 66 min­utes in Finnish with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles. Admis­sion by dona­tion

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FinnWest 72nd Finnish Canadian Grand Festival

FinnWest LogoFor three days, the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre will become the “Cen­tre for all things Finnish” as we wel­come enter­tain­ers from Fin­land, USA and Cana­da. Ear­ly bird reg­is­tra­tion fees are offered until May 31. Check web­site for full details on pro­gramme and how to reg­is­ter. “Take your fam­ily to Fin­land, with­out pay­ing for air­fare!” FinnWest 72nd Finnish Cana­dian Grand Fes­ti­val.

Date: July 29 — 31, 2011
Place: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
Price: $70 full fes­ti­val adult pass


Finnish Language ClassAll class­es are offered in both Fall and Spring and run for 10 weeks.

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Children & Youth Classes

Finnish as a First Lan­guage (3 – 6 years): Every oth­er Tues­day 6pm – 8pm
Finnish as a First Lan­guage (7 — 12 years): Every oth­er Tues­day 6pm – 8pm
Finnish as a Sec­ond Lan­guage Kinder­garten (4 – 7 years): Every oth­er Sat­ur­day 10:00am – 12:00pm
Finnish as a Sec­ond Lan­guage Kinder­garten (8 — 12 years): Every oth­er Sat­ur­day 10:00am – 12:00pm
Con­tact: Sel­ja Nyberg — (604) 275‑7401 or email

Adult Classes

Begin­ners: Wednes­days 7pm – 9pm
Intermediate/Advanced: Mon­days 7pm – 9pm
Con­tact: Tuo­mo Neu­vo­nen via email

Language Classes

Language Classes
If you want to con­nect with your Scan­di­na­vian roots, brush up on your exist­ing skills or are look­ing for a new chal­lenge, we have the class for you!

The Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre offers both chil­dren and adult lan­guage class­es for begin­ners, inter­me­di­ates and advanced speak­ers in all Scan­di­na­vian lan­guages. Nation­al hol­i­days, cel­e­bra­tions and tra­di­tions form a large part of the cur­ricu­lum of each class, younger stu­dents learn through songs and games and movies, mag­a­zines, and news­pa­pers are used to facil­i­tate learn­ing and to cre­ate a fun atmos­phere.

All class­es are held at the Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre.