What better way to celebrate Midsummer than with a picnic?! Join us on Friday June 25th for a small gathering at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. We will have some fun games and activities for the family, and will offer small snacks for the kids, but please bring a picnic meal for your own family group. We will provide single use BBQs to use for warming up your meal.
Tickets are free of charge, but required for confirming capacity and contact tracing. Everyone attending needs a ticket, including the kids! Tickets are available from Eventbrite vfcmidsummer2021.eventbrite.ca
The activities will be youth-focused 4-7pm, and will shift towards adults later in the evening. You may want to bring your own hula hoop, and perhaps also practice beforehand…!
Please wear your nicest flowery headdress: flower wreath or summer hat – kukkahattu or kukkaseppele – there will be a prize for the best juhannuslook.
We will adhere to the BC CDC guidelines for a 50 person limit on outdoor events, and will have a COVID-19 safety plan in place. Please maintain social distancing and wear a mask to protect yourself and other when socializing.
Please check the facebook event for updates & we will email all ticketed guests with detailed location information!
- The student must be Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident status.
- The student must be resident of British Columbia for at least the last 12 months. If not, please provide previous address.
- The student must provide proof of their Finnish descent e.g. names of family member(s), from where in Finland, and describe their connection to Finland and current exposure to Finnish culture.
- The student must be enrolled in post-secondary studies at an accredited educational institution.
- The student may apply and be awarded a FHS scholarship every two years (not consecutively) up to a maximum of three times.
Checklist for completion of the application:
- Completed online application.Complete Finland House Society Scholarship Application form.
- Cover letter. Please include general information such as hobbies, interests, community/volunteer work experience etc. Also, please provide information about your Finnish heritage, some family history and explain your connection to Finland and Finnish culture. To establish financial need, please provide budget for the coming year, existing resources, including scholarships and bursaries, and forecast expenses.
- Proof of registration at the educational institution for autumn 2021 and/or winter 2022 semester.
- The transcripts of the latest marks.
- Submit online application with requested attachments as PDFs by 5:00 pm PDT, June 15, 2021.
Join us in celebrating Finnish Vappu in a virtual party!
Finns become a bit silly during vappu, so let’s keep that tradition alive despite these special circumstances! Get your balloons, streamers, vappuhuiska, student caps, vappu masks/noses/hats ready, and click your way to the party on the eve of vappu. There will be a price for the best vappu look!
Join us from your desk, your couch or lay down a picnic blanket on your backyard or living room – just make sure you have some traditional vappu delicacies handy: munkki & tippaleipä if you know how to make them, but Timbits and chips will make do in a pinch! Do make sure you have something in your glass to toast with us – sima, champagne, or whatever, it’s your choice!
All friends of Vancouver Finlandia Club are welcome to join! Program includes traditional vappu fun and a game of Kahoot!
Link to the Zoom meeting will be sent on the 30th in the early evening to everyone who has registered by 6 pm via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TAKE NOTICE: The Annual General Meeting of the Scandinavian Community Centre Society will be held on Zoom on Thursday April 8th, 2021 at 7:00 pm to:
1) Consider the reports of the Directors.
2) Consider the Financial Statement for the year ended 31st of December 2020.
4) Elect Directors for the coming year.
5) Transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting
Agenda for the Annual General Meeting will be posted at the Scandinavian Centre 30 days before the Meeting.
If you would like to attend the meeting via Zoom, please email email@example.com by Wednesday March 31st and include the name of the member organization that you belong to.
Dated the 11th of February 2021
By order of the Board of Directors of the Scandinavian Community Centre Society.
Pauli Juoksu, President
VFC hosts the Scandinavian Christmas Craft Fair, Finnphoria Club nights and various concerts throughout the year. To volunteer at these events or for more information email or telephone.
West Coast News Celebrating its 35th year in print (2011), the Länsirannikon Uutiset is the bloodline of the West Coast Finnish-Canadian community. With a readership of over 1000, 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 10 times annually and is free to VFC members.
The publication is prepared in PDF format for printing and an Issuu web archive is linked here.
To supply material to West Coast News please email Elsa Marlowe the editor.
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Where Finns and sports collide!
The sports club organizes events and activities throughout the year for members of all ages to enjoy.
Summer events include the annual Paavo Nurmi Run, and the Wife Carrying at the midsummer festival, and Pesäpallo (Finnish Baseball).
In the winter you can look forward to a children’s Snow Fun Day or Lumileikkipäivä and cross-country ski trips.
Sports events organized by the VFC will be on the VFC Facebook. Also see Scansports Facebook and Website. And check out the Scandinavian Centre website for Midsummer Events.
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.
PURPURIT is a Finnish Canadian Folk Dance Group sponsored by the Vancouver Finlandia Club.
The group’s name is derived from “Purpuri” or potpurri which, in Finnish folk dance terms, is the name given to long ceremonial dances which probably originated as a series of small dances popular during the second half of the 19th century.
Korsukuoro Army Dugout Choir Born 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.