Lucia Festivities in the Evening

Lucia Fes­tiv­i­ties in the evening: Children from the Swedish School, Lucia Procession, dinner. This year’s Lucia: Annika Petersson

Date: Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 9, 2017
Time: 6pm  
Place
: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
Contact: swedishluciavancouver@nullgmail.com.

Primary ticket sale system is through Eventbrite.

Cost: 6pm $21 – $52

Lucia Festivities in the Afternoon

Lucia Fes­tiv­i­ties in the after­noon: Children from the Swedish School, Lucia Procession, coffee, Santa and dancing around the Christmas tree. This year’s Lucia: Annika Petersson

Date: Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 9, 2017
Time: 1pm  
Place
: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
Contact: swedishluciavancouver@nullgmail.com

Primary ticket sale system is through Eventbrite.

Cost: 1pm $5 – $21

The 19th Annual Swedish Crayfish Party

Date: Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Time: 6pm
Location: Scandinavian Community Centre
Cost: presale $45.00, At the door: $60
Contact: Vancouver@nullswea.org or 604-789-5056.

Time for crayfish! Traditionally,  a Swedish crayfish party takes place in the end of the summer. Crayfish parties have spread to all the Nordic countries and are generally held during August. This tradition was started because crayfish harvesting in Sweden was, for most of the 20th century, legally limited to late summer.  Since the Swedish crayfish became extinct, Swedes all over the world rely on IKEA and China to deliver these yummy and delicious shell fish for our sometimes rowdy parties.

It is the 19th time the Swedish Women’s Educational Association arranges a true crayfish party with all the customary party accessories that are obligatory. These consitute of comical paper hats, paper tablecloths, paper lanterns (often depicting the Man in the Moon), and bibs. A cheerful atmosphere prevails amid noisy eating and traditional drinking songs (printed in a little booklet in English so that everyone can take part). It is considered customary to suck the juice out of the crayfish before shelling it. Don’t worry, we will show you how it is done!

Similar to last year, SWEA partners with the Swedish Cultural Society in organising the saltiest event of the year. The tickets include a three course meal  with enterntainment during dinner, and dancing to Swedish music after. Only 60 tickets will be sold, so purchase your ticket early! Last year we sold out.

Crayfishcollage

All proceeds go to SWEA Vancouver.

The 19th Annual Swedish Crayfish Party

Date: Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Time: 6pm
Location: Scandinavian Community Centre
Cost: presale $45.00, At the door: $60
Contact: Vancouver@nullswea.org or Rebecca 604-789-5056.

Time for crayfish! Traditionally,  a Swedish crayfish party takes place in the end of the summer. Crayfish parties have spread to all the Nordic countries and are generally held during August. This tradition was started because crayfish harvesting in Sweden was, for most of the 20th century, legally limited to late summer.  Since the Swedish crayfish became extinct, Swedes all over the world rely on IKEA and China to deliver these yummy and delicious shell fish for our sometimes rowdy parties.

It is the 19th time the Swedish Women’s Educational Association arranges a true crayfish party with all the customary party accessories that are obligatory. These consitute of comical paper hats, paper tablecloths, paper lanterns (often depicting the Man in the Moon), and bibs. A cheerful atmosphere prevails amid noisy eating and traditional drinking songs (printed in a little booklet in English so that everyone can take part). It is considered customary to suck the juice out of the crayfish before shelling it. Don’t worry, we will show you how it is done!

Similar to last year, SWEA partners with the Swedish Cultural Society in organising the saltiest event of the year. The tickets include a three course meal  with enterntainment during dinner, and dancing to Swedish music after. Only 60 tickets will be sold, so purchase your ticket early! Last year we sold out.

Crayfishcollage

All proceeds go to SWEA Vancouver.

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 $2,000 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 2018 scholarship, the application and supporting documentation must be submitted by March 31, 2018 by email (swedenhousechair@nullgmail.com) or by regular mail to Sweden House Society-Scholarship, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby, BC V5B 4P9.

 

 

The Centre is Getting A Royal Treat!

Royal Treat

Sweden House Society is honoured to announce that as part of their royal visit to Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Games, the King and Queen of Sweden – Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia Bernadotte – will be coming for a visit to the Scandinavian Community Centre!

On Thursday February 25th, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia will be attending a special Cocktail Reception held in their honour. As part of their visit to the Centre, the Swedish School children will perform and the royal couple will be given a grand tour of the Centre facilities. We are so proud of how we keep the Swedish culture and traditions alive in Vancouver, we hope they will be as well!

For information on how to attend this once in a lifetime event, visit the Swedish Royal Reception event listing.

SHS Scholarhips

There are currently two official scholarships of the Sweden House Society (SHS) and one by the SHS member organisation SWEA Vancouver:

  • 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: $2,000 CDN. Deadline March 31, 2018.
  • 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: $2,000 CDN. Deadline March 31, 2018.
  • The SWEA Vancouver-University of British Columbia Scholarship for undergraduate studies in Sweden. Find out more on SWEA Vancouver’s website. Value: $3,000 CDN. Deadline April 30th, 2018.

For all scholarships, applicants have to demonstrate and prove a strong interest in Sweden and the Swedish community in BC. Volunteering at the Scandinavian Centre or in any of the member organisations weigh heavily in the decision made by the scholarship committee.

Contact SHS at swedenhousechair@nullgmail.com for more information on our scholarships and deadlines.

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