Please note that all regular in-person events hosted by our membership organizations are cancelled until further notice.
To obtain up-to-date information about virtual events, please contact the membership organizations directly through provided web site and contact information.
The Order of Runeberg is a fraternal organization founded in 1920 in the U.S.A. The Canadian Lodge began in Vancouver in the early 1920’s. The purpose of the Order was and still is to unite men and women of Finnish birth who speak and understand Swedish. This group is primarily known as Finn-Swedes. With the decline of immigration, the Lodge expanded to include any nationality as long as the said member was and is interested in Lodge activities. Currently the club members meet 8-9 times a year for social activities, fellowship and food. Their main focus is scholarships and through their affiliation with the International Order of Runeberg, they contribute to the International Scholarship fund as well as the Finland House Society at the Scandinavian Centre. The club has a local membership of some 50 + and always welcome new members of any nationality. Contact person: Annabelle Kergan, Secretary – (604) 291‑7601 / email@example.com
The Runeberg Chorus was originally founded by Swedish speaking Finnish immigrants and has been in existence since the 1920’s. Its repertoire consists of songs in all the Scandinavian languages. Norwegian and Danish speakers join the choir for performances and the program can be fitted to the event. Swedish songs are always part of the program. The choir practices at the Scandinavian Community Centre on Wednesdays at 1:00pm. Anyone interested in joining, please contact Dianne Kilback (contact information below). The choir performs throughout the year, but is especially busy at Christmas time, with events at the Seniors Homes, Scandinavian Centre and Church services. We also perform at midsummer and other events. There may be changes to practice times and location due to Covid-19
For information contact: Dianne Kilback, president –firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scandinavian Business Club is an Associated Club of the Scandinavian Community Centre which promotes Scandinavian traditions, Business networking, and good fellowship at dinners and special events.
Contact: Paul Andreassen, telephone: (604) 484-5345
Swedish Women’s Educational Association Inc. is a global non-profit organization for Swedish speaking women who live or have lived abroad. We gather to enjoy our Swedish language, background, and culture. SWEA is both a meeting point and a safety net with links all over the world, making life abroad easier, providing support when arriving in a new place or when returning to the homeland. SWEA Vancouver is the local chapter and arranges monthly meetings and networking opportunities for its members. Contact: email@example.com Website: vancouver.swea.org
The Swedish Cultural Society is the organization for you who feel a connection to Swedish People, Culture and Traditions! We organize traditional cultural events, host activities involving Swedish art, music, movies and dance and offer Swedish language courses both for adults and children. As a member you will receive a monthly newsletter, opportunity to participate in member activities, discounted tickets for cultural events and much more.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
SWEDISH LANGUAGE CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
The Swedish School of Vancouver provides an after-school program for children in language and cultural studies. The school was established in 1978, and is a not-for-profit organization run by its members. We offer two hours of language immersion a week, with programs for children from preschool to high school. Our programs are designed by Svenska Distans and follow the curricula developed by the Swedish Department of Education (Skolverket) for after-school studies in the Swedish language. The Swedish School of Vancouver has a website as well as a public Facebook page.
Facebook: Swedish School in Vancouver
Swedish Classes for adults are offered at the Scandinavian Community Centre. The classes are held in the evenings from 7-9 pm. With a focus on conversational Swedish, we have a wide range of classes from beginners to advanced. Class sizes are small and all course durations are about 10 weeks.
New Beginner courses start every September and January. For more information click HERE.
The Swedish Canadian Rest Home Association is a not-for-profit society, which owns and manages the care of three buildings in Burnaby, namely: The Swedish Canadian Manor, Gustav Vasa Place and the Swedish Assisted Living Residence. The rental buildings are subsidized by BC Housing and the assisted living residence is subsidized by BC Housing and under the authority of Fraser Health. The property is collectively called the Swedish Canadian Village and is an important site for low-cost housing for seniors in Burnaby.
Web site: http://www.swedishcanadian.ca/
Contact person: email@example.com or phone (604) 420-1124
Please also see Swedish Heritage in BC
SWEDISH HERITAGE B.C. MUSEUM & ARCHIVES
Our Museum was founded in 2018 under the umbrella of the Swedish Rest Home Foundation, and it is located in the Swedish Village in Burnaby, B.C.
We are the first and only Swedish Heritage Museum and Archives in Canada. Our doors opened to the public in September 2019. We offer a range of exhibits sharing the Swedish immigrants’ culture and values in B.C. We welcome people of all backgrounds and ages to our 1,000 square-foot museum which is wheelchair accessible. We are working on setting up our archives documenting the Swedish settlers from 1870s and up until 1950s, and how they shaped this province for future generations. Swedish was not only spoken in Sweden. There are Ukrainian Swedes, Estonian Swedes and Finn Swedes who maintain their Swedish language, traditions and cultures in B.C.
The Museum is run by volunteers. For more information please visit our website: http://swedishheritage.org/ where you can sign up for volunteering or make donations. You can also contact us at: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org . Our address is: 1812 Duthie Avenue, Burnaby, B.C. There is free parking on the street. Look for the red doors.
The Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Society (WSCCS) was formed in 2013 by members of the Swedish and Jewish communities. The WSCCS continues the legacy of the annual Wallenberg Day events in Vancouver: it recognizes and honours individuals who, at great personal risk, have helped others by acting against unjust laws, norms, or conventions. At the January 2015 event, WSCCS presented the first Civil Courage Award to Ujjal Dosanjh, to acknowledge heroic acts in today’s world. Contact: email@example.com Website: www.wsccs.ca