Fall Clean-Up — Thank you!

Thank you to all the vol­un­teers who came to our clean up day Sat­ur­day Novem­ber 3, 2018. It was a lot of fun. This is always a great way to meet the oth­er vol­un­teers, and to get to know the Cen­tre from top to bot­tom! Our next clean up day will be in May.

The break­fast was made by the Finnish War Vet­er­ans, and a deli­cious lunch was pro­vid­ed by Swe­den House Soci­ety. thank you very much to both!

Fall Clean-Up

This is a great way to meet the oth­er vol­un­teers, and to get to know the Cen­tre from top to bot­tom!

Date: Sat­ur­day Novem­ber 3, 2018
When: 8:30am — 3pm. Break­fast by the Finnish War Vet­er­ans at 8:30.  Lunch pro­vid­ed by Swe­den House Soci­ety at 12.30pm.
Where: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre
Con­tact: Please let us know in advance if you will be com­ing and if you will be join­ing us for break­fast and/or lunch. Phone 604–294-2777 or  info@nullscandinaviancentre.org.

Bring rakes, leaf blow­ers, buck­ets & rags, even vac­u­ums. Indoor & out­door jobs for all ages Rain or shine We always appre­ci­ate as much help as pos­si­ble.

Thank you in advance!

Sweden House Society AGM

Swe­den House Soci­ety Annu­al Gen­er­al Meet­ing

Date: Tues­day March 20th

Time: 7pm

Place: Swedish Room, Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre

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.

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.

Board of Directors 2018 — 2019

Board meet­ings are held every third Tues­day of every month at the Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre and Direc­tors are elect­ed annu­al­ly at Swe­den House Society’s (SHS) Annu­al Gen­er­al Meet­ing in March. Each Direc­tor rep­re­sents one of SHS’s Mem­ber Orga­ni­za­tions and reports on the organization’s activ­i­ties to the Board.

SHS Direc­tors 2018Club
Anders NordinSwedish Cana­di­an Rest Home Asso­ci­a­tion
Anders Nur­miScan­di­na­vian Busi­ness Club
Annabelle Ker­ganRuneberg Social Club
Anni­ca Carls­sonSwedish Cana­di­an Rest Home Asso­ci­a­tion
Cari­na SpencerSwedish Cul­tur­al Soci­ety
Dianne Kil­backRuneberg Cho­rus
Dorothy Carl­sonSwedish Cul­tur­al Soci­ety
George Nel­sonFin­landssven­s­ka Klubben
Jan NordinWal­len­berg Sug­i­hara Civ­il Courage Soci­ety
Lance PetersSwedish Cul­tur­al Soci­ety
Maria LakesSWEA
Rebec­ca Keck­manSWEA
Robert ObergSwedish Cul­tur­al Soci­ety
Ron SpenceNorth Shore Floor­ball Asso­ci­a­tion
San­dra Ben­holm-Che­ungSwedish School
Rebec­ca Keck­man Pres­i­dent swedenhousechair@nullgmail.com
Lance PetersVice-Pres­i­dent
Ron SpenceTrea­sur­er
Dorothy Carl­sonSec­re­tary