Roberta Swedien — Swedish Rhapsody

Roberta Swedien

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 2017 schol­ar­ship, the appli­ca­tion and sup­port­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion must be sub­mit­ted by March 31, 2017 by email ( 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 three 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: $1,000 CDN. Dead­line March 31, 2017.
  • The SHS Trade Award (new!). 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 March 31, 2017.
  • The SHS Culi­nary Award (new!). 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 March 31, 2017.
  • 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 March 31, 2017.

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 for more infor­ma­tion on our schol­ar­ships and dead­lines.

Swedish Language Classes

Swedish Language Class
Adult class­es are offered in both Fall and Win­ter and run for 10 weeks. Children’s class­es fol­low a reg­u­lar school year sched­ule, and are designed for chil­dren 3–16 years old who have some­one that can speak and sup­port their Swedish on a dai­ly basis. Books in Swedish are also avail­able at the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre for mem­bers of the Swedish Cul­tur­al Soci­ety. Please con­tact the Swedish Cul­tur­al Soci­ety on how to access books for adults and the Swedish School of Van­cou­ver on how to access books for chil­dren.

Children & Youth Classes

The Swedish School of Van­cou­ver offers class­es in Swedish for chil­dren on Thurs­days 4.15–6.15pm OR Sat­ur­days 9.30–11.30am. All class­es teach Swedish lan­guage and Swedish cul­ture, includ­ing vocab­u­lary, gram­mar, lit­er­a­ture and Swedish tra­di­tions such as lucia and sem­lor. At the end of the school year we have a week­end spring camp, which is very pop­u­lar both for kids and their par­ents. The Swedish School of Van­cou­ver a web­site has updates on the school and edu­ca­tion­al blogs on rais­ing bilin­gual and bi-cul­tur­al kids, and our com­mu­ni­ty is a great place to meet friends and fam­i­lies that share your expe­ri­ences of liv­ing abroad.

Our preschool cur­ricu­lum has a play-based struc­ture with songs and games for chil­dren 3–5 years and typ­i­cal­ly involves some par­tic­i­pa­tion of the par­ents. Class­es for Ele­men­tary School (5–12 years) and Junior Secondary/ Mid­dle School stu­dents (12–16 years) are based on edu­ca­tion­al plans devel­oped by the Swedish Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion (Skolver­ket). The class­es for the old­est (12–16 years) are taught through Sofi­askolan Dis­tans. This is a long-dis­tance cur­ricu­lum with a local teacher super­vi­sor and a head teacher in Swe­den, with grades that pro­vide eli­gi­bil­i­ty for Swedish High school (behörighet till sven­skt gym­na­si­um).

Avail­abil­i­ty of stu­dents and teach­ers can some­times lim­it the class­es that we offer for a cer­tain age group or day of the week..

Please check our web­site, or con­tact us via phone 604–725‑8431 (Mia Logie) or via email for more infor­ma­tion.

Adult Classes

Begin­ners: Once a week 7pm – 9pm
Inter­me­di­ate: Once a week 7pm – 9pm
Advanced: Once a week 7pm – 9pm
Con­tact: Åsa Eidelöf — 604–988-9882

New Teach­ers Need­ed

Our teach­ers are one of the most valu­able resources that we have, and we are always keep­ing an eye open for new peo­ple to join our team. If you know of new peo­ple that are com­ing into town, might be plan­ning to come here or already live here and have an inter­est in teach­ing please ask them to get in touch with us. Teach­ing at the Swedish School is a great way to keep teach­ing activ­i­ties on your resume, get to know fel­low Swedes in the area, learn about bilin­gual­ism, sub­si­dize your income and have fun with a mul­ti­tude of amaz­ing kids.

We offer lessons two times a week, each les­son con­sist­ing of two hours plus prep work. This fall we will be need­ing a cou­ple of new teach­ers. Appli­cants with a teacher or preschool edu­ca­tion are pre­ferred. Excel­lent ver­bal and writ­ten pro­fi­cien­cy in the Swedish lan­guage is a require­ment.

Please con­tact us at or 604–725-8431 for more infor­ma­tion and the appli­ca­tion form.

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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