Memorial ceremony and lilac tree planting

RoseNor­we­gian House Soci­ety will be hold­ing a short cer­e­mo­ny to ded­i­cate the plant­i­ng of lilac trees at the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­ter in mem­o­ry of the vic­tims of the Oslo/Utoya attacks.

This will be fol­lowed by an All Saints ser­vice.
A church sup­per will fol­low the ser­vice.

Date: Sun­day, Novem­ber 6th
Time: Plant­i­ng: 4 pm; Ser­vice fol­lowed by sup­per: 5pm;
Loca­tion: Plant­i­ng at the Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre; Ser­vice and sup­per at the Dan­ish Luther­an Church (6010 Kin­caid)
Cost: $12.50 for the sup­per
Con­tact: Please call Per Gjerde at 604–502-0133 by Nov. 1st if you wish to attend the sup­per.

NHS Scholarship

Nor­we­gian House Soci­ety Bur­saries – 2018

c/o Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre

6540 Thomas Street

Burn­a­by, B.C. V5B 4P9


Nor­we­gian House Soci­ety (“NHS”) is offer­ing eight $1,000 bur­saries in 2018. They will be pre­sent­ed at a din­ner on May 17th, Norway’s Con­sti­tu­tion­al Day, at the Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre in Burn­a­by. The 2018 bur­saries are:

  1. Egil Lorntzsen Memo­r­i­al Bur­sary: Estab­lished by NHS in mem­o­ry of the founder of B.C.’s Lornex mine. Pref­er­ence is giv­en to stu­dents in engi­neer­ing, geol­o­gy, min­ing, and relat­ed fields.
  2. John Sher­man Memo­r­i­al Bur­sary: Estab­lished by NHS in mem­o­ry of the founder of John Sher­man Agen­cies Ltd. of Van­cou­ver. Pref­er­ence is giv­en to stu­dents in culi­nary arts, instru­men­ta­tion, and relat­ed fields, or in Nor­we­gian stud­ies.
  3. Egil Lyn­gen Memo­r­i­al Bur­sary: Estab­lished by Peter Cruik­shank in mem­o­ry of Mr. Lyn­gen, an archi­tect. Pref­er­ence is giv­en to stu­dents in archi­tec­ture, land­scape archi­tec­ture, design and relat­ed fields, or in Nor­we­gian stud­ies, includ­ing those of a sport­ing or ath­let­ic nature.
  4. Erik Unheim Memo­r­i­al Bur­sary: Erik was one of the key orga­niz­ers for the orig­i­nal pur­chase of the Scan­di­na­vian Cul­tur­al Cen­tre from the Nor­we­gian Gov­ern­ment in 1996. He was the first Pres­i­dent of Nor­we­gian House Soci­ety. Erik was a tire­less sup­port­er of the Nor­we­gian House Soci­ety and a very active mem­ber of the Scan­di­na­vian Busi­ness Club. In award­ing this bur­sary pref­er­ence will be giv­en to a stu­dent who is pur­su­ing a course of study in busi­ness, eco­nom­ics or finance.
  5. The Nor­we­gian House Soci­ety (NHS) Memo­r­i­al Bur­sary: This bur­sary was cre­at­ed to remem­ber all the NHS mem­bers who have died over the past year. With this bur­sary, pref­er­ence will be giv­en to a stu­dent who has shown a strong inter­est in Nor­we­gian her­itage and the Nor­we­gian lan­guage. The stu­dent would also have to dis­play an active vol­un­teer pres­ence in the com­mu­ni­ty and pref­er­ence would be giv­en to those appli­cants who have been active in the NHS or oth­er Nor­we­gian groups. Mature stu­dents would qual­i­fy for this bur­sary and it would be avail­able for any lev­el of study includ­ing grad­u­ate stud­ies.
  6. The Olaf “Hall” Leiren Memo­r­i­al Bur­sary: This bur­sary is in hon­our of a renowned jour­nal­ist and pub­lic ser­vant who had a strong inter­est in Nordic cul­ture. Pref­er­ence will be giv­en to a stu­dent who is pur­su­ing a course in the Human­i­ties, par­tic­u­lar­ly in areas of study that reflect Hall’s own life­long inter­ests: His­to­ry, Eng­lish, Jour­nal­ism, Inter­na­tion­al Rela­tions, Lan­guages, Pub­lic Affairs or Nordic stud­ies. He would also want to encour­age any young per­son con­sid­er­ing a career or pur­suits relat­ed to the sea, as his ear­li­est years were spent on the fjords and ocean with his father, uncles and cousins. He encour­aged active par­tic­i­pa­tion in sports, with two of his favourites being ski­ing & ten­nis.
  7. The Chester and Patri­cia Hansen Memo­r­i­al Bur­sary: This bur­sary is in hon­our of Chester and Patri­cia Hansen, a cou­ple who were active in the Nor­we­gian com­mu­ni­ty. Chester was a well-regard­ed fish­er and Patri­cia was an exem­plary pri­ma­ry school teacher. In award­ing this bur­sary, pref­er­ence will be giv­en to a stu­dent pur­su­ing a career in either Ele­men­tary Edu­ca­tion or Fish­eries and Oceans.  The stu­dent must be enter­ing either their third (3rd) or fourth (4) year of study at a rec­og­nized uni­ver­si­ty of col­lege.  In addi­tion, active com­mu­ni­ty involve­ment by the appli­cant will be viewed with favour.
  8. The Reik Felag Bur­sary: This bur­sary is pro­vid­ed by the recre­ation­ist group Reik Felag.  In award­ing this bur­sary, pref­er­ence will be giv­en to a stu­dent pur­su­ing edu­ca­tion in a trade as well as and inter­est and involve­ment in Scan­di­na­vian cul­ture.


Send appli­ca­tions to the NHS Schol­ar­ship Com­mit­tee at  Appli­ca­tions must be in the form of a sin­gle pdf, which includes all required doc­u­ments. Paper appli­ca­tions will not be accept­ed. The schol­ar­ship com­mit­tee may request copies of orig­i­nals, check doc­u­ments for authen­tic­i­ty, and con­tact ref­er­ences.  Com­plete appli­ca­tions must be received by 4:30 pm on Fri­day, April 27th, 2018.

                                                QUALIFICATIONS (ALL APPLICANTS)

  1. All appli­cants must be enrolled in post-sec­ondary stud­ies at a rec­og­nized pub­lic edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tion in 2018 – 2019. Stud­ies at a Nor­we­gian folk high school or the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oslo Inter­na­tion­al Sum­mer School are also accept­able.
  2. Pref­er­ence will be giv­en to appli­cants who are mem­bers of the NHS or have an imme­di­ate fam­i­ly mem­ber who is a mem­ber of the NHS, who are of Nor­we­gian her­itage, and/or who have a sub­stan­tial inter­est in Nor­way and Nor­we­gian cul­ture and her­itage. Pref­er­ence will also be giv­en to those who dis­play finan­cial need in pur­suit of their post-sec­ondary edu­ca­tion.



  1. A cov­er­ing let­ter.
  2. Full name, date of birth, and cit­i­zen­ship.
  3. Home address, mail­ing address (if dif­fer­ent), e-mail address, and tele­phone number(s).
  4. Gen­er­al infor­ma­tion: goals, hob­bies, inter­ests, community/volunteer work, out­door and ath­let­ic activ­i­ties, work expe­ri­ence, etc.
  5. Evi­dence of Nor­we­gian her­itage, mem­ber­ship in the NHS, relative(s) who are mem­bers of the NHS, and active inter­ests in Nor­way and Nor­we­gian cul­ture and her­itage. That may include mem­ber­ship in oth­er Cana­di­an-Nor­we­gian orga­ni­za­tions, e.g. Sons of Nor­way.
  6. Name of sec­ondary school attend­ed (tran­script required if you grad­u­at­ed few­er than two years ago).
  7. Name of insti­tu­tion cur­rent­ly attend­ing (if applic­a­ble), with transcript(s).
  8. Proof of appli­ca­tion or admis­sion for autumn 2018, or in the case of Uni­ver­si­ty of Oslo Inter­na­tion­al Sum­mer School, for sum­mer 2018.
  9. Bud­get for the com­ing year, includ­ing schol­ar­ships and bur­saries.
  10. Intend­ed pro­gram or course of study for 2018 and beyond.
  11. Names and con­tact infor­ma­tion for two ref­er­ences, one of whom must be a teacher or pro­fes­sor.

Appli­ca­tions must be typed, in the form of a sin­gle pdf, and include scanned copies of tran­scripts and proof of admis­sion. Please lim­it the appli­ca­tion (exclud­ing any tran­scripts and proof of admis­sion) to not more than three pages.

All appli­cants will be noti­fied by May 4th, and suc­cess­ful appli­cants are asked to attend the din­ner on May 17th. Bur­saries will be paid to the insti­tu­tion in which suc­cess­ful appli­cants are enrolled, or the appli­cant, by July 31st, 2018.

The Selec­tion Com­mit­tee reserves the right to decline award­ing a bur­sary if there are no suit­able appli­cants for the award.

If you have ques­tions, please call David Moul­ton at (604) 522‑8182. See also

Please do not call the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre office.



Norwegian Language Classes

Nor­we­gian lan­guage instruc­tion is offered by Nor­we­gian House Soci­ety. All the cur­rent class­es will be held at the Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre, 6540 Thomas Street, Burn­a­by, near Kens­ing­ton Avenue and Sprott Street. Addi­tion­al loca­tions could be arranged for a small group depend­ing on instruc­tor avail­abil­i­ty. For info con­tact  Sher­ry Johansen

Adult classes

the start date for Nor­we­gian class­es for Spring 2019:

Adult Begin­ners: Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 16th 7:00 — 9:00 pm.

Adult Inter­me­di­ate: Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 17h 7:00 — 9:00 pm.

Adult Advanced:  Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 15th  7:00 — 9:00 pm.

Fees: Each 10 ­course ses­sion costs $125. Pay elec­tron­i­cal­ly or by cheque at the first class.

Cur­ric­u­la: Cours­es in gen­er­al fol­low the text (Troll I Ord, down­load­able) in Begin­ner and Inter­me­di­ate cours­es. It is used as a ref­er­ence in the Advanced course. Instruc­tors enrich class­es with vocab­u­lary and speak­ing prac­tice adjust­ed to suit stu­dents’ needs. Begin­ner cours­es empha­size speak­ing and read­ing. Writ­ten lan­guage is added in Inter­me­di­ate and Advanced cours­es.

Instruc­tors: Our teach­ers are qual­i­fied and excit­ing native Nor­we­gian speak­ers using the Oslo dialect. They bring much use­ful cul­tur­al infor­ma­tion to each class.

Children’s classes – Learning Norwegian is FUN!

Children’s class­es:  Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 26 — March 30  Time: 12:30 — 2:00 Cost: $50 for 5 class­es

 Instruc­tor: Sigrid

To register:

Email your name, address, phone num­ber, course want­ed, and a com­ment about your Nor­we­gian lan­guage skill lev­el. With your child’s reg­is­tra­tion, include age and spe­cial require­ments such as food aller­gies. Expect a return con­fir­ma­tion. Reg­is­ter ear­ly as cours­es with insuf­fi­cient enrol­ment may be can­celled. Stu­dents are wel­come to reg­is­ter late; the instruc­tors arrange much review at every class. Fees are pro­rat­ed for late reg­is­tra­tions. Our instruc­tors will help you find the best course for you. You may also vis­it more than one course to help you decide.

To reg­is­ter or inquire: Sher­ry Johansen


Our Nor­we­gian Con­ver­sa­tion Cof­fee Club is not hav­ing any meet­ings right now.

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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.