Kaffestue

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

20th Year Anniversary of the Scandinavian Centre

September 11 photo20 Year Anniversary of the Opening of the Scandinavian Centre

Come out and celebrate our “Home away from Home” with a family picnic.

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 11am to 4pm
Location: Scandinavian Community Centre
Contact: Please RSVP by to your house president.

There will be Nordic games for the whole family.
This is an event open for all members of the five houses and their associated societies.
 To sign up please contact your house president.

Food Trucks will supply food and the beer garden will be open.
Feel free to bring your own picnic and a blanket.
We will hand out food vouchers worth $10/person.
All alcoholic beverages must be purchased through the centre.
More info to follow as we get closer to September

 

 

20th Year Anniversary of the Scandinavian Centre

September 11 photo20 Year Anniversary of the Opening of the Scandinavian Centre

Come out and celebrate our “Home away from Home” with a family picnic.
Everybody is welcome, members and non-members. Please bring your whole family.

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 11am to 4pm
Location: Scandinavian Community Centre
Contact: Please RSVP by to your house president or via evite that you have received as a member.

There will be Nordic games for the whole family.
This is an event open for all members of the five houses and their associated societies.
Food Trucks will supply food and the beer garden will be open.
Feel free to bring your own picnic and a blanket.
We will hand out food vouchers worth $10/person for all the members. Non-members are able to buy these vouchers.
All alcoholic beverages must be purchased through the centre.

Nordic Design 2016

Snip of nordic design 2016Nordic Design 2016 Festival: Textile and Costume

CALL FOR FASHIONS, DISPLAYS, EXHIBITORS, DEMONSTRATORS

Displays of modern and heritage costumes and fabrics; Commercial Exhibitors Show and Sell;

Craft Demonstrations: Heritage and Modern Fabric;

Talks: Folk Costume, Handcrafted Fabric, Costume Preservation. Come and enjoy this design heritage

Date: Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28, 2016
Time: 11am to 4pm
Opening Reception and concert Saturday 11:30 am

Fashion Show: Saturday Evening 7 pm. Share your fashions with us. Tickets $10 for adults.
Contact: Carolyn: (778 228-2334) cthauber12@nullgmail.com

Here is the full Poster 2016 Design

Canadian Friends of Finland Celebration of the Art and Life of Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Gallen-KallelaDate: Sunday February 7, 2016
Time: 2 pm 
Cost
: Admission by donation. Refreshments

Join us in a presentation of a celebration of the art and life of the great Finnish Painter, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, who was born in 1865, the same year as Jean Sibelius and another great Finnish artist, Pekka Halonen.

Bob Poutt and his son Ron, an artist himself, will explore Gallen-Kallela’s upbringing and training as an artist, his marriage and the loss of a young daughter, his travels and the homes that he designed and built for himself, and the importance of these in the development of his art.

Gallen-Kallela’s output was prolific; slides will be shown representing the artist’s portrayal of ordinary Finnish country people, the Finnish wilderness and, especially, the Kalevala. Ron will describe the evolution of Gallen-Kallela’s artistic style, its relationship to the prevailing European artistic movements and how, in recent years, his art has come to the notice of serious collectors outside of Finland.

The Runeberg Chorus will also be performing.

See the Gallen-Kallela poster

SHS Legacy Donations

Donations once gave life to Sweden House Society (SHS). Without funding from kind, giving members of the Swedish community, the SHS board would not have been able to carry out its missions through the many years it has existed. Upkeep of the Scandinavian Centre and scholarships in the Scandinavian community in BC would not be Swedish to the wide extent they are now.

SHS is a part owner of the Scandinavian Centre in Burnaby. It is our responsibility to provide a stable financial platform to maintain the Centre and keep it alive. Despite maintain current activities, the SHS board works hard on developing a future vision, which include several new exciting projects with funding requirements. Among these are a number of potential future scenarios, including a sporting facility, a school building, a new playground, and an overall strategy to maximize the use of the large piece of land the Centre is situated on.

All future plans are designed to include more young people and families in the Centre activities, while at the same time protect the identity of the Centre as a social place for our senior members. We want every person in the Lower Mainland with a Swedish connection to have another home away from home.

Why me? I can only donate a small sum?

Bequests are arranged by living people who are making a powerful statement today about their Swedish identity and interest. A bequest to SHS through your will may be the most important gift you will ever create and give you a great feeling of satisfaction.

Bequests are not just for wealthy people. Maybe you think that your small donation will not make a difference, but it will. Donations come in all sizes, and they all matter. Over the years, a bequest of a few hundred or a few thousand dollars is going to have a large impact. A few percent of an estate may not sound like a lot, but if that donor has a house, a car and some retirement savings, the bequest that the donor felt was too small to matter could be quite significant.

What will my money be used for?

Donations are made through wills and revocable trusts can be directed to our permanent endowment fund, administered by the Vancouver Foundation. The endowment is a particularly effective way to leave a lasting legacy, since the earnings accrued on your donation will support Sweden House Society and the Scandinavian Centre in perpetuity. Our endowment is currently used for scholarships supporting students undergoing post-secondary education, but this could change with more donations.

You may make your gift in your own name, or you may memorialize a loved one with your contribution. Your bequest may be unrestricted — to be used at the discretion of the board of Sweden House Society — or you may designate your bequest to support a specific scholarship or to the building itself.

Examples of projects that you may want to direct your donation towards:

  • Maintenance and renovations of the Scandinavian Centre.
  • New sport hall of the Scandinavian Centre.
  • SHS post-secondary scholarships, through the SHS Endowment Fund.
  • Activities of one of the established member organisations.
  • The SWEA Vancouver-UBC Scholarship.

How does it work?

If you consider donating a sum of money to SHS, please follow these instructions. Please add a page to your will with instructions of how large sum you intend to donate and what the sum is meant to be used for. A general example of text follows below:

“I give the sum of $___________ to Sweden House Society.”

You can also make a so called “Residual Bequest” by the following wording:

“I give this percentage __________ % of the residue and reminder of my estate to Sweden House Society.”

We recommend that you consult with your lawyer, when preparing your will. If you, your lawyer, and/or your financial adviser have any questions about this information, please contact the President of the Sweden House Society: swedenhousechair@nullgmail.com, who can guide you through the process.

Sweden House is a registered charity, and as such welcome donations at any time. We send out tax receipts following donations, since donations to a charity are tax deductible

If you would like to donate one time, please send in a cheque to Sweden House Society, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby, BC V5B 4P9. You can also visit our website at the Vancouver foundation, where you can donate either one time or set up a regular payment, using a credit card.

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
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.
See www.leenakelly.com for info.

Come and meet the film makers. 66 minutes in Finnish with English subtitles. Admission by donation

Read more on our  poster

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