March 27, 2018

Spring! Woo Hoo!
We’re halfway to the Midsummer Festival (June 23 & 24), and halfway through our program of dinner events before the Summer break. Time flies when you’re having fun!
We were honoured to have Mr. Gunn Kim, Consul General of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in Vancouver, as our speaker at the March 14th event. He was joined by Consul Kang Jun Lee, and we are grateful that two of our own Scandinavian Consuls were able to attend, Ann-Britt Everett, Honorary Consul of Denmark, and Glenn Sigurdson, Honorary Consul of Iceland.
We had an engaged audience of about 40, hear Consul General Kim recount some interesting facts relating to the trade relationship between Canada and South Korea. We also heard some enlightening insight about how the situation with North Korea has arrived at this point in time.
If you want to learn more about the various presentations given by the speakers at our monthly dinner events, you will need to come out and hear for yourself. The social and networking hour before dinner is active with many people engaging in various discussions with their fellow attendees and our featured guests. These continue to the dinner tables, and you know people pay attention to the presentations as their great questions and discussions in the Q&A afterwards (okay, maybe not always so great, but all is good and the more people that come out, the better experience for everyone).
That being said, now you won’t want to miss our April 11th event! Susan Cartwright-Coates, of Cartwright Jewelers in New Westminster, will talk to us about being a third-generation business owner. Cartwright Jewelers is celebrating 85 years in business and going onto a fourth generation of family ownership. It is said that getting to five years is tough for a small business, and few make it that far, how do you survive 85 years, sustaining the business, evolving with the times, maintaining it in the family? All good questions and I’m sure we’ll get insight to many more.
For the April event we are going to try doing a reminder with a general last-minute email to all on our distribution list (same as the newsletter), on the Monday (April 9th) just to say that the Early Bird rate is expiring that evening and to register if you haven’t yet done so. We were asked about doing a last-minute reminder, so let us know your thoughts after seeing this one, is it helpful, not helpful, continue or do something else.
Our May and June events do not yet have confirmed presenters, but we are close and will advise as soon as possible, look to our website for these to be posted when we have the details.
As many of you are well aware, the country Houses at the Scandinavian Community Centre (SCC) have been holding their AGM’s in preparation for the SCC AGM on April 19th. Remember, if you are a member of the SBC (in good standing as of the record date end of January), then you are eligible to attend and participate in the SCC AGM (you will have received notice if eligible). I know many of you participate in our Scandinavian community, and it would be great to see even more contribute to the engagement and sustaining of the same.
Have an awesome April!

Anders Nurmi
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UBC Voyage - A Special Presentation

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In April, in addition to our regular speaker, we were given a special presentation by Torbjørn Reitan Fyrvik who told us about the UBC Voyage Project. The goal of the project is to design and build a fully autonomous research vessel which will be tested in the Atlantic Ocean. The team is currently working on the project but they are looking for assistance. Click the link below to learn about the project, its status and how you can help make it happen!

2018 April, Torbjørn Reitan Fyrvik

Christmas Party Sponsors 2017

We wish to acknowledge the following businesses and individuals for their generous support of our annual Christmas Party. Our sponsors for the 2017 Scandinavian Business Club of BC Christmas Party are:

Swedish Press
Tom Dunn
Linda Lee
Jan Nordin
Anders Nurmi - Pacific Viking Enterprises
Lauren Kunimoto
Kevin Kunimoto
Michelle Madsen
Paul Andreassen
Solvi Stokholm - Stokhom Insurance Services Ltd. / The Cooperators
Salt Paradise Wellness and Detox Centre
Steve Bottomley - West Coast Flyer Delivery
Skinnydipper Recreation Club
Hypersonic Internet Services