Branches and Hobby Groups

 

The Branches and Hobby Groups  Representative  Phone Number
Entertainment CommitteeVFC hosts numerous social events throughout the year. Some Annual favourites include: Annual Spring Dance (Vuosijuhla), Bi-lingual Kalevala Event. Mother’s Day Celebration (Äitienpäiväjuhla), Wild Game Dinner and Dance (Hirvipeijaiset), as well as Finnphoria Club nights.  To volunteer at these events or for more information email or telephone.  Ad Hoc Committee
British Columbia Finnish War Veterans The purpose of BC’s Sotaveteraanit group is to provide social contact, fellowship, entertainment and support for Finnish War Veterans and their supporting membership. The group remembers and pays tribute to their fallen comrades in arms while keeping Finland’s Independence story alive. Esko Kajander (604)936-2030
Finn Fun School Finn-Fun School provides a Finnish speaking environment for those interested in learning or maintaining their Finnish language skills. Finn-Fun School offers lessons in conversational Finnish to both adults and children, from beginners to advanced speakers. It doesn’t matter what age you are or how much Finnish you know, you are always welcome to join. Mirka Nyppeli  (778)318-4924
Finnish Library VFC maintains a current library of Finnish literature, magazines, children’s books, and texts in the Scandinavian Community Centre Finland Room. These books may be borrowed by the VFC membership at no cost. Leena Kelly (604)294-2777
Finnish Heritage ClubThe Heritage Club 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.  Eero Taivainen  (604)773-2483
Kalevan Sointu Heritage Music GroupKalevan Sointu was created in 2005 as an amateur Kantele group. The Kantele, Finland’s national instrument, is described as a lap-harp. The group puts on public workshops, performs at local events, and loans Kanteles to members wishing to learn. Kalevan Sointu is always looking for new members, no experience necessary. Inactive
Korsukuoro Army Dugout ChoirBorn in 1998, the award winning West Coast ‘Korsu’ Choir is a unique concert group who honour and draw inspiration from Finland’s Veterans by performing ‘war time’ favourites. The choir has successfully toured Finland, performed at Finnish-Canadian Grand Fest, FinnFest USA and many local events.  Matti Inkinen  (604)591-3001
Pikku-Purpurit DancersEstablished in 1997, Pikku Purpurit brings Finnish folk dance and songs to life through children. All children age five and up are welcome to join. Even though the group sings in Finnish, not all of the members speak the language. This vibrant group has performed throughout Canada, and at Barnlek 2005, a Nordic children’s folk festival. Inactive
Purpurit Dancers Founded in 1973, Purpurit is a Finnish-Canadian folk dance group. Purpurit perform at local and international festivals including Kaustinen Folk Festival, Expo ‘86, Finnish Canadian Grand Festivals, and at Finn Fest USA. Purpurit have traveled to Australia and toured the Nordic countries with great success. Purpurit welcomes all experienced and beginner dancers. Riitta Huttunen
Reta Staley
(604)941-0760
(604)433-9853
Sports and Fitness Club The sports and fitness club organizes fun indoor and outdoor   activities and classes for members of all ages to enjoy.  Some club favourites include: the Annual Paavo Nurmi Run, Ski Day at Manning Park, Pesäpallo (Finnish Baseball) and Nordic walking. Karina Ramsay (604)728-6572
West Coast News Celebrating its 40th year in print (2016), the Länsirannikon Uutiset is the bloodline of the West Coast Finnish-Canadian community.  With a readership of over 1000, both locally and internationally, Vancouver Finlandia Club’s Finnish and English language newspaper connects members, family and friends, both near and far.  The paper covers Club news, Finnish-Canadian and Nordic community events, and special interest items.  WCN is printed 11 times annually and is free to VFC members in North America.  For separate or international subscriptions, contact the Club. Marja Mattila (778)2320199

 

Representation at Other Organizations Representative Phone Number
Gaming(BC Association for Charitable Gaming)
gaming.gov.bc.ca
Finland House Society Don Staley (604)433-9853
Finnish Canadian Cultural Federation/Kanadan-Suomalainen Kulttuuriliitto  Esko Kajander  (604)936-2030