Nor­we­gian con­ver­sa­tion and cof­fee Sundays.  Everyone is welcome – learning Norwegian? Have company from Norway? Bring them along! Stop by to share cof­fee, treats and topics.

Date: Sun­day, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Place: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Nor­way Room
Con­tact: For info or to con­firm dates, stat hol­i­days, etc. contact Eva Lindzen 604 581‑3376 or elindzen@nullshaw.ca
Want e-mail reminders & noti­fi­ca­tion of changes to sched­ule? Email to judithanderson@nullshaw.ca

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 Norway@nullscandinaviancentre.org.  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 http://scandinaviancentre.org/norway/

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 sherrymj@nulltelus.net

Adult classes

the Norwegian classes for Spring 2018:

Adult Beginners – Wednesday, January 24 from 7:00 – 9:00pm for 10 weeks

Adult Intermediate – Monday, January 22 from 7:00 – 9:00pm for 10 weeks

Adult Advanced – Tuesday, January 23 from 7:00 – 9:00 for 10 weeks

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!

The children’s class starts on Saturday January 27 from 12:30 – 2:00 for 8 weeks

 Instructor: Sigrid

To register: sherrymj@nulltelus.net

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 sherrymj@nulltelus.net


Our Nor­we­gian Con­ver­sa­tion Cof­fee Club meets on Sun­days at 2 pm start­ing in mid January. Stop by to share cof­fee, treats and topics. For information or to con­firm dates, hol­i­days, etc. contact Judith at judithanderson@nullshaw.ca or phone Eva 604 581‑3376. Judith can arrange e-mail reminders and noti­fi­ca­tions.

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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.



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