Monday, January 15, 2024
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
June 2023: Join us for the annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Burnaby BC - easy to access by bus or vehicle. The two days of activities include crafts people selling everything from wooden bowls to knitted washcloths, a beer tent, a salmon bbq, a food tent, food vendors, cultural information from the Nordic countries and much more. The full day activities on Saturday costs $15 and on Sunday $10. Children are free. There is no ATM so please bring cash with you. Not everyone accepts credit or debit cards.
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Canadian Friends of Finland
invites you to join us for a
An afternoon of Runeberg’s songs featuring the Runeberg Chorus with soloists Austin Doyle and Kaoru Henry.
Piano duet: Janet Mowatt & Austin Doyle performing Tapiola by Sibelius.
Enjoy coffee, tea and the Runeberg torte or Runebergintorttu.
Everyone in the lower mainland of Vancouver is invited!
Why Finland celebrates Runeberg Day:
Johan Ludvig Runeberg (Feb 5, 1804-May 6, 1877) was a Finnish poet who wrote in Swedish. He wrote the lyrics to a song, Our Land, which was adopted as the national anthem. His literary achievements led him to be considered the National Poet of Finland. He wrote many hymns for the Virsikirja. He was also a language teacher at a number of establishments.
Scandinavian Community Centre
6540 Thomas St
Burnaby, BC V5B 4P9
Monday, May 30, 2022
Dr. Veli Niinimaa, Ph.D., was born in Revonlahti, Finland and immigrated to Toronto with his family at the age of 14 in 1964. After completing his high school education, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a BPHE (‘73), M.Sc. ('76) and Ph.D. ('79) in exercise physiology. He taught at the Universities of New Brunswick and Calgary for four years. Veli's sport career began in 1973 when he joined the University of Toronto cross-country ski team and coached it for the following five years. His organizational skills were tested when the home team hosted the annual inter-university competitions in Midland, ON. He arranged the race details, coached the team, raced, and even won a medal a few times. In 1978 Veli started in biathlon at a race at the Kitchener Pioneer Range.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
CANADIAN FRIENDS OF FINLAND
Notice of Annual General Meeting
TAKE NOTICE: The Annual General Meeting of Canadian Friends of Finland will take place at the Scandinavian Community Centre 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby on Friday December 17, 2021 at 2:00pm to:
1) Consider the Reports of the Directors to the members.
2) Consider the Financial Statement for the fiscal year ended 14th of June 2021.
3) Elect Directors for the coming year
4) Transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.
Masks and proof of vaccination required to attend CFF AGM
Dated 10th November 2021
By the order of the Board of Directors of CFF.
Dianne Kilback, President
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Here is a quote from that chapter that made me feel proud of my Finnish Heritage.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
This first appeared in print in the Canadian Friends of Finland Spring
As is often the case with duck stories, it begins on a cool, misty summer morning by a lake in Finland. My partner Christina and I had been staying at her cousin Tapani's kesämöki, exploring the lake and surrounding countryside. Perched at the end of a small peninsula, the cottage is situated in the ideal location to enjoy the unavoidable peace and tranquility of rural eastern Finland. But alas, our time here had come to an end. It was time to head back to Canada.
I grabbed our bags, threw on my jacket and stepped outside. The faded wooden deck was slowly being painted a polka-dot motif as light rain began to fall. I filled my lungs with cool pine-scented air that crept up from the lake and across the moss-covered forest floor.