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, March 29
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

Nordic Cultural Weekend

Rosemaling photo Erik A DrabløsNordic Cul­tural Week­end: Expand your hori­zons and learn a new Nordic craft or recipe. Some­thing for all ages from small­est to old­est.

Date: Sat­ur­day, April 11 to Sun­day, April 12, 2015
Time: 9am to 4pm
Place: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
Cost: Adults: $10 per ½ day or one day class includes cof­fee breaks; $20 for two day class; Teens & Chil­dren: no charge but must reg­is­ter.
Con­tact: Leena/Carol info@nullscandinaviancentre.org

Please book your classes by April 4th. Class sizes lim­ited. Here is the Nordic Cul­tural Week­end Reg­is­tra­tion form (here is a PDF ver­sion).

Classes offered in Lefse mak­ing, Rose­ma­l­ing & Kubits Folk Art Paint­ing, Open faced Sand­wich Mak­ing, Nordic Wood Carv­ing, Swedish mini Easter Cakes with Marzi­pan chicks.

Plus a Swedish Folk Music Workshop.

Call to Crafters — Midsummer Festival Craft Fair, and Call to Vendors

Craft vendor display at Midsummer Festival June 20 and 21, 2015.

The Scan­di­na­vian Mid­sum­mer Fes­ti­val, in its 20th year, attracts thou­sands of vis­i­tors. We are now look­ing for crafters who can offer us some­thing spe­cial and excit­ing, be it tra­di­tional crafts with an inno­v­a­tive twist of some­thing cul­tur­ally relevant.

We offer you a craft table at our fes­ti­val for TWO days for just just $99.75 (includes all applic­a­ble taxes).  The fes­ti­val will be adver­tised on JRfm Radio, in the Van­cou­ver Sun and The Province as well as in local news­pa­pers.  The fun and crazy wife-carrying con­test always draws a lot of atten­tion along with con­tin­u­ous enter­tain­ment all weekend.

Com­mer­cial Booth: 10 x 6 ft: canopy-covered space with an 8 ft table and 2
chairs $315 (includes all applic­a­ble taxes).

Dur­ing the Craft Fair there will be:

  • Con­tin­u­ous on-stage entertainment
  • Children’s games
  • An authen­tic Viking Vil­lage (the Vikings actu­ally camp out all weekend!)
  • The rais­ing of and danc­ing around the tra­di­tional May Pole
  • Cul­tural displays
  • Scan­di­na­vian food

Here are the Mid­sum­mer 2015 Craft Table Appli­ca­tion  and the Mid­sum­mer com­mer­cial booths 2015

If you would like to par­tic­i­pate at the Craft Fair, please send us the following:

• How and why you do your craft and where have you shown?
• 3 pho­tographs of the kinds of crafts you are sell­ing
• Appli­ca­tion for the Craft Mar­ket
• Par­tic­i­pa­tion Agree­ment
• Cheque dated for May 15, 2015

DEADLINE May 15, 2015

We will con­tact suc­cess­ful appli­cants by Wednes­day May 27

An Introduction to Family History for Canadian Finns

genealogy 3rd time

Date: Sun­day March 22, 2015
: 2 pm 
: Admis­sion by dona­tion. Refreshments

If you already know about your Finnish ances­tors, how do you trace their for­bears even fur­ther back? If you are a sec­ond or third gen­er­a­tion Cana­dian, how do you find out where in Fin­land your ances­tors came from? Come and learn how you can go about answer­ing these ques­tions and also about the basics of Finnish geneal­ogy. Find out about sources of genealog­i­cal infor­ma­tion and the organ­i­sa­tions that can help you. This pre­sen­ta­tion will be made by a pro­fes­sional geneal­o­gist and by ama­teurs involved with Finnish genealogy.

Pre­sented in coop­er­a­tion with the Scan­di­na­vian Cul­tural Soci­ety Geneal­ogy Group and the BC Genealog­i­cal Society.

Genealogy Meeting

Date: Sat­ur­day March 21, 2015
Time: 1 pm
Place: Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre
Con­tact: Poul Erik Ras­mussen sonofrasmus@nullshaw.ca

Please see www.scandinavianculturalsociety.org for details

The SHS Karl Ståhl Award

Photo: Karl Ståhl, consul emeritus

Photo: Karl Ståhl, con­sul emeritus

The Karl Ståhl Schol­ar­ship was founded by the board of Swe­den House Soci­ety in 2014 as a way to hon­our the long-time ser­vice of Con­sul Gen­eral Karl A. Ståhl.  His career as the diplo­matic rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Swe­den in British Colum­bia spanned over 45 years until his retire­ment in 1983. The schol­ar­ship was ini­ti­ated through gen­er­ous dona­tions by the fam­ily and friends of Karl Ståhl, who passed away in 1996.

The goal of this schol­ar­ship is to assist a British Colum­bia stu­dent with the cost of his or her post-secondary stud­ies at an accred­ited insti­tute of higher learn­ing at a post sec­ondary level. The stud­ies can take place any­where in the world. A strong inter­est in Swe­den and the Swedish Com­mu­nity in BC is a require­ment to apply.

The schol­ar­ship has a value of $1,000 and will be awarded annu­ally in the month of June. The schol­ar­ship is paid upon proof of the recipient’s admis­sion with the funds being dis­trib­uted upon the com­mence­ment of studies.

The 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 and inter­est in 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.
  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 (swedenhousechair@nullgmail.com) or by reg­u­lar mail to Swe­den House Society-Scholarship, 6540 Thomas Street, Burn­aby, BC V5B 4P9.



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