SHS Legacy Donations

Dona­tions once gave life to Swe­den House Soci­ety (SHS). With­out fund­ing from kind, giv­ing mem­bers of the Swedish com­mu­ni­ty, the SHS board would not have been able to car­ry out its mis­sions through the many years it has exist­ed. Upkeep of the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre and schol­ar­ships in the Scan­di­na­vian com­mu­ni­ty in BC would not be Swedish to the wide extent they are now.

SHS is a part own­er of the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre in Burn­a­by. It is our respon­si­bil­i­ty to pro­vide a sta­ble finan­cial plat­form to main­tain the Cen­tre and keep it alive. Despite main­tain cur­rent activ­i­ties, the SHS board works hard on devel­op­ing a future vision, which include sev­er­al new excit­ing projects with fund­ing require­ments. Among these are a num­ber of poten­tial future sce­nar­ios, includ­ing a sport­ing facil­i­ty, a school build­ing, a new play­ground, and an over­all strat­e­gy to max­i­mize the use of the large piece of land the Cen­tre is sit­u­at­ed on.

All future plans are designed to include more young peo­ple and fam­i­lies in the Cen­tre activ­i­ties, while at the same time pro­tect the iden­ti­ty of the Cen­tre as a social place for our senior mem­bers. We want every per­son in the Low­er Main­land with a Swedish con­nec­tion to have anoth­er home away from home.

Why me? I can only donate a small sum?

Bequests are arranged by liv­ing peo­ple who are mak­ing a pow­er­ful state­ment today about their Swedish iden­ti­ty and inter­est. A bequest to SHS through your will may be the most impor­tant gift you will ever cre­ate and give you a great feel­ing of sat­is­fac­tion.

Bequests are not just for wealthy peo­ple. Maybe you think that your small dona­tion will not make a dif­fer­ence, but it will. Dona­tions come in all sizes, and they all mat­ter. Over the years, a bequest of a few hun­dred or a few thou­sand dol­lars is going to have a large impact. A few per­cent of an estate may not sound like a lot, but if that donor has a house, a car and some retire­ment sav­ings, the bequest that the donor felt was too small to mat­ter could be quite sig­nif­i­cant.

What will my mon­ey be used for?

Dona­tions are made through wills and revo­ca­ble trusts can be direct­ed to our per­ma­nent endow­ment fund, admin­is­tered by the Van­cou­ver Foun­da­tion. The endow­ment is a par­tic­u­lar­ly effec­tive way to leave a last­ing lega­cy, since the earn­ings accrued on your dona­tion will sup­port Swe­den House Soci­ety and the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre in per­pe­tu­ity. Our endow­ment is cur­rent­ly used for schol­ar­ships sup­port­ing stu­dents under­go­ing post-sec­ondary edu­ca­tion, but this could change with more dona­tions.

You may make your gift in your own name, or you may memo­ri­al­ize a loved one with your con­tri­bu­tion. Your bequest may be unre­strict­ed — to be used at the dis­cre­tion of the board of Swe­den House Soci­ety — or you may des­ig­nate your bequest to sup­port a spe­cif­ic schol­ar­ship or to the build­ing itself.

Exam­ples of projects that you may want to direct your dona­tion towards:

  • Main­te­nance and ren­o­va­tions of the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre.
  • New sport hall of the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre.
  • SHS post-sec­ondary schol­ar­ships, through the SHS Endow­ment Fund.
  • Activ­i­ties of one of the estab­lished mem­ber organ­i­sa­tions.
  • The SWEA Van­cou­ver-UBC Schol­ar­ship.

How does it work?

If you con­sid­er donat­ing a sum of mon­ey to SHS, please fol­low these instruc­tions. Please add a page to your will with instruc­tions of how large sum you intend to donate and what the sum is meant to be used for. A gen­er­al exam­ple of text fol­lows below:

“I give the sum of $___________ to Swe­den House Soci­ety.”

You can also make a so called “Resid­ual Bequest” by the fol­low­ing word­ing:

“I give this per­cent­age __________ % of the residue and reminder of my estate to Swe­den House Soci­ety.”

We rec­om­mend that you con­sult with your lawyer, when prepar­ing your will. If you, your lawyer, and/or your finan­cial advis­er have any ques­tions about this infor­ma­tion, please con­tact the Pres­i­dent of the Swe­den House Soci­ety: swedenhousechair@nullgmail.com, who can guide you through the process.

Swe­den House is a reg­is­tered char­i­ty, and as such wel­come dona­tions at any time. We send out tax receipts fol­low­ing dona­tions, since dona­tions to a char­i­ty are tax deductible

If you would like to donate one time, please send in a cheque to Swe­den House Soci­ety, 6540 Thomas Street, Burn­a­by, BC V5B 4P9. You can also vis­it our web­site at the Van­cou­ver foun­da­tion, where you can donate either one time or set up a reg­u­lar pay­ment, using a cred­it card.

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 $2,500 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 2019.

The 2019 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 2019 schol­ar­ship, the appli­ca­tion and sup­port­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion must be sub­mit­ted by March 31, 2019 by email (swedenhousechair@nullgmail.com).

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 $2,500 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 2019 schol­ar­ship, the appli­ca­tion and sup­port­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion must be sub­mit­ted by March 31, 2019 by email (swedenhousechair@nullgmail.com) or by reg­u­lar mail to Swe­den House Soci­ety-Schol­ar­ship, 6540 Thomas Street, Burn­a­by, BC V5B 4P9.

 

 

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: $2,500 CDN. Dead­line March 31, 2019.
  • 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, 2020.

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.