SCCS Annual General Meeting

Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre AGM

Date: Thurs­day, April 16, 2015
Time: 7pm
Loca­tion: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Centre

1) Con­sider the reports of the Direc­tors
2) Con­sider the Finan­cial State­ment for the year ended Decem­ber 31, 2014
3) Res­o­lu­tions
4) Elect Direc­tors for the com­ing year
5) Trans­act such other busi­ness as may prop­erly come before the meeting




Torskek­lubben — Every­one welcome.

Date: Thurs­day, March 26, 2015
Time: Happy hour 6pm, din­ner 7pm
Place: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
Con­tact: Peter Kirse­bom 604 535‑4985; Tor Olufsen 604–294-0749; Bent Nielsen 604–321-3392

Christmas Craft Fairs

Santas_Spratley_MG_0002-1r2015 Craft Fairs




Wel­come to Nor­way Craft Fair: Sun­day, Novem­ber 1, noon — 4pm.
: Cathy Gugliel­mucci 604–526-0435

Swedish Christ­mas Mar­ket: Sat­ur­day and Sun­day, Novem­ber 21 and 22, 11am-4pm.
: AnnaCarin Torn­qvist 604–913-7747

Scan­di­na­vian Craft Fair: Sun­day, Novem­ber 29.
: Riitta Hut­tunen 604–941-0760

Ice­landic Bake Sale: Sun­day, Decem­ber 13

Check them out:


Wel­come to Nor­way craft fair: Sun­day, Novem­ber 2, noon — 4pm. Con­tact Cathy Gugle­mucci 604 526 0435


Swedish Christ­mas mar­ket: Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 21 and 22, 11am-4pm. Con­tact AnnaCarin Torn­qvist 604–913-7747








Scan­di­na­vian craft fair: Sun­day, Novem­ber 29, 11am — 4pm. Con­tact Riitta Hut­tunen 604 941‑0760


Ice­landic Christ­mas Bake Sale: Sun­day, Decem­ber 13

Carina Spencer takes over as the new chair for Sweden House Society

SHSAGM2015The Swe­den House Soci­ety of the Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre (SCCS) in Burnarby had its annual gen­eral meet­ing on March 17th, 2015. As usual, the AGM included nom­i­nat­ing and vot­ing in a new board. The act­ing chair Lena Normén-Younger and vice chair Anna-Carin Törn­qvist stepped down. Carina Spencer was voted in as the new SHS chair, with Yvonne Spence as the co-chair. Carina and Yvonne both rep­re­sent the Swedish Cul­tural Soci­ety and have a long record of work­ing together on Swedish not-for-profit work and fundrais­ing, and will make a good team dur­ing the year to come.

Ron Spence stays on as the trea­surer and Dorothy Carl­son as the sec­re­tary. Lena Normén-Younger will chair the SHS schol­ar­ship com­mitte, which also con­sists of Laila Axen and John Stu­art. Other SHS board mem­bers are Robert Oberg, Dianne Kihlback, Mia Logie, George Nel­son and Annabelle Ker­gan. A full descrip­tion of the new SHS board can be found in the Swedish sec­tion of the SCCS website.

The SHS board mem­bers want to express their sin­cere thanks to Anna-Carin Törn­qvist, Alexan­dra Andersson-Roos, Eva Roberts­son and Paul Pernevi, for their con­tri­bu­tion as direc­tors dur­ing 2014–2015. Espe­cially Anna-Carin Törn­qvist has worked hard to sup­port the board by chair­ing the board on a num­ber of meet­ings when the chair was out of town, and by rep­re­sent­ing the SHS at the SCCS board. Anna-Carin Törn­qvist has recently taken over as the new chair of the Swedish Cul­tural Soci­ety, after a num­ber of years as its vice chair, and we wish her the best of luck in her new position.

Activ­i­ti­ties of the SHS board dur­ing the year 2014–2015 included:

  • Award­ing the Karl Ståhl Schol­ar­ship to Hanna Mac­Far­lane and Sebas­t­ian Gitt. They both received $1,000 to sup­port their aca­d­e­mic stud­ies in nurs­ing and engineering.
  • Donat­ing $3,041.01 to the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre to sup­port an upgrade of the wi-fi network
  • Donat­ing $2,122.40 to the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre to sup­port the pur­chase of an Auto­mated Exter­nal Defibrillator.
  • Updat­ing the SHS sec­tion of the SCCS website.
  • Enter­ing the world of social media by cre­at­ing and admin­is­ter­ing an offi­cial SHS Face­book web­site.
  • Approv­ing SHS mem­ber­ship of the Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Soci­ety (WSCCS).
  • Per­form­ing a strate­gic plan­ning ses­sion for the SHS and its direc­tion dur­ing the next 20 years.

Spring activ­i­ties of the SHS Board will be admin­is­ter­ing the appli­ca­tion process of three SHS awards (the Karl Ståhl Award, the SHS Culi­nary Award & the SHS Trade Award), and to iden­tify a Swedish team of vol­un­teers who will help out dur­ing the Mid­sum­mer Fes­ti­val 2015 (June 20–21).


SHS Presents New Culinary & Trade Awards

SHS is proud to announce two new scholarships:

  • The SHS Trade Award. The pur­pose of this schol­ar­ship is to assist a British Colum­bia appren­tice with the cost of his/her appren­tice­ship in of the fol­low­ing indus­tries: con­struc­tion, trans­porta­tion, mechan­i­cal or elec­tri­cal. Value: $1,000 CDN. Dead­line April 30, 2015.
  • The SHS Culi­nary Award. The pur­pose of this schol­ar­ship is to assist a British Colum­bia culi­nary stu­dent with the cost of his/her stud­ies  in a local culi­nary school or one in Swe­den. Value: $1,000 CDN. Dead­line April 30, 2015.

The appli­ca­tion process is also open for the SHS Karl Ståhl Award. The pur­pose of this schol­ar­ship is to assist a British Colum­bia stu­dent with the cost of his/her post-secondary edu­ca­tion. Value: $1,000 CDN. Please note that the dead­line for the Karls Ståhl Award is March 31, 2015. Please con­tact SHS at for more infor­ma­tion about the require­ments and appli­ca­tion process.

The SHS Trade Award

The SHS Trade Schol­ar­ship was founded by the board of Swe­den House Soci­ety in 2015 as a way to hon­our the early Swedes who came to British Colum­bia, and helped build­ing our province with their hands and hearts.

The goal of this schol­ar­ship is to assist a British Colum­bia appren­tice with the cost of their appren­tice­ship in of the fol­low­ing indus­tries: con­struc­tion, trans­porta­tion, mechan­i­cal or elec­tri­cal. The stud­ies should result in a BC accred­i­ta­tion within the par­tic­u­lar trade.

The schol­ar­ship has a value of $1,000 and will be paid upon proof of the recipient’s admis­sion, with the funds being dis­trib­uted upon the com­mence­ment of stud­ies. It will be offi­cially handed out in June 2015.

The 2015 appli­ca­tion should include the following:

  1. Applicant’s name, address and email address.
  2. Proof of res­i­dent sta­tus of BC.
  3. Proof of reg­is­tra­tion to an accred­ited institution.
  4. Tran­script of the most recent stud­ies and marks.
  5. A writ­ten ref­er­ence from one or more of the fol­low­ing: a pre­vi­ous teacher, instruc­tor or school admin­is­tra­tor, mem­ber of Swe­den House (includ­ing orga­ni­za­tions belong­ing to Swe­den House) or some­one unre­lated who can attest to the applicant’s good character
  6. A short, hand­writ­ten essay that includes the applicant’s link to or view on Swe­den, a descrip­tion of vol­un­teer work and /or employ­ment, edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ences, inter­ests, trav­els, hob­bies and to also future aca­d­e­mic and post edu­ca­tional goals and how this schol­ar­ship can assist in attain­ing them. Par­tic­u­lar weight will be addressed to vol­un­teer work for one of the Swedish organ­i­sa­tions which are mem­bers of the SHS.
  7. Any addi­tional per­sonal infor­ma­tion that would serve to bet­ter assess the appli­ca­tion. Espe­cially involve­ment with the Swedish Com­mu­nity where the appli­cant lives or volunteering/connection with Swe­den House Soci­ety or any of its mem­ber organ­i­sa­tions is con­sid­ered in a favourable way.

In order to be con­sid­ered for the 2015 schol­ar­ship, the appli­ca­tion and sup­port­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion must be sub­mit­ted by March 31, 2015 by email (

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