Member Organizations

British Columbia Finnish War Veterans

BC’s Sotavet­er­aan­it group pro­vides social con­tact, fel­low­ship, enter­tain­ment and sup­port for Finnish War Vet­er­ans and their sup­port­ing mem­ber­ship.

Esko Kajan­der by

Canadian Friends of Finland

CFF is a fed­er­al­ly incor­po­rat­ed non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes cul­tur­al, sci­en­tif­ic and aca­d­e­m­ic exchanges between Cana­da and Fin­land. CFF Van­cou­ver orga­nizes cul­tur­al events in the field of fine arts, archi­tec­ture, lit­er­a­ture, music, film and sci­ence.

Dianne Kil­back — Ph: 604 294‑3715 or

Finlands Svenska Klubben

FSK start­ed in 1958 and its pur­pose is to bring togeth­er Swedish speak­ing Finns and those inter­est­ed in the spir­it, her­itage, and cul­ture of Fin­land, and to arrange fes­ti­vals and social gath­er­ings.

George Nel­son — Ph: (604) 465‑9758 or by

FinnFun School of Vancouver

Finn­Fun School pro­vides a Finnish speak­ing envi­ron­ment for those inter­est­ed in learn­ing or main­tain­ing their Finnish lan­guage skills. The school also pro­motes Finnish tra­di­tions and culture.Finnish hol­i­days and cel­e­bra­tions form a large part of the cur­ricu­lum. From time to time, stu­dents learn to bake Finnish del­i­ca­cies or work on spe­cial craft projects. Younger stu­dents also learn through songs and games. Finnish movies, mag­a­zines, and news­pa­pers are used to facil­i­tate learn­ing and to cre­ate a fun atmos­phere.

It doesn’t mat­ter what age you are or how much Finnish you know. You are always wel­come to join Finn­Fun.

Finn­Fun School offers lessons in con­ver­sa­tion­al Finnish to both adults and chil­dren, from begin­ners to advanced speak­ers.

Sel­ja Nyberg by

Finnish Canadian Fish and Game Club

Paukku ja Koukku was formed in 1964 and its man­date is to pro­mote and par­tic­i­pate in all sorts of out­door activ­i­ties, such as hunt­ing, fish­ing, fish and wildlife con­ser­va­tion, as well as prac­tic­ing and teach­ing good sports­man­ship, out­door safe­ty and ethics.

Markus Hauk­ka

Finnish Canadian Rest Home Association

The Finnish Cana­di­an Rest Home Asso­ci­a­tion is a non-prof­it soci­ety which was found­ed in 1958 by a group of civic-mind­ed Finnish Cana­di­ans. They saw a need in the com­mu­ni­ty to estab­lish and oper­ate not only res­i­den­tial care facil­i­ties for per­sons in need of such care but also low rental hous­ing for senior cit­i­zens while cre­at­ing an envi­ron­ment to sat­is­fy the cul­tur­al and social needs of peo­ple with Finnish and Eston­ian ances­try. Today, the Finnish Cana­di­an Rest Home Asso­ci­a­tion oper­ates two high­ly-regard­ed res­i­den­tial care facil­i­ties in Metro Van­cou­ver, the Finnish Manor in Burn­a­by and the Finnish Home in Van­cou­ver as well as low rental hous­ing on both sites.

Aki Lin­tunen by

Finnish Heritage Society

The Her­itage Soci­ety was estab­lished in 1983 to gath­er, cat­a­log, store and dis­play arti­facts made or used by BC Finns as well as to pre­serve Finnish cul­tur­al her­itage, writ­ings, music, arti­facts and mem­o­ra­bil­ia for British Columbians.

Juhani Saari­nen 604–582-1931

Runeberg Chorus

The Cho­rus’ 30+ mem­ber­ship strives to advance the pub­lic edu­ca­tion and appre­ci­a­tion of the art of choral and Scan­di­na­vian music by hold­ing pub­lic con­certs, and to help enter­tain per­sons in hos­pi­tals, nurs­ing homes and oth­er facil­i­ties through free con­certs.

Dianne Kil­back — Ph: (604) 294‑3715 or by

Runeberg Social Club

Runeberg Social Club is the reg­is­tered enti­ty of the Order of Runeberg, Van­cou­ver Lodge 124  which was orga­nized in 1925.

The Order bears the name of Johan Lud­wig Runeberg, Finland’s Nation­al Poet. The aim of the Order of Runeberg, as a fra­ter­nal orga­ni­za­tion, is  to encour­age uni­ty, friend­ship, help­ful­ness, hon­or and preser­va­tion of the Finnish-Swedish cul­ture.

Lorene Mara  Phone 604 — 939‑5235  or by

Vancouver Finlandia Club

In 1971, VFC formed as a non-prof­it, non-reli­gious and non-polit­i­cal club to inte­grate and enlight­en BC’s Finns, to improve its mem­bers’ well-being, to make Finland’s cul­ture known to Cana­di­ans and vice ver­sa. VFC spon­sors children’s and adults’ folk danc­ing, ath­let­ic events and lan­guage lessons, grants schol­ar­ships, and holds numer­ous social events through­out the year.


Other Finnish Organizations

Finnish Bethel Church

Kanadan Länsirannikon Suomalainen Luterilainen Seurakunta
Pastor Timo Saarinen – Ph: (604) 521‑7927