The Canadian Nordic Society

January 2003


Nordic News

1620 Scott Street, P.O. Box 64126, Holland Cross Building, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4V1


from the Board Members

of the

Canadian Nordic Society!

2003 marks the 40th year

for the CNS!!

The following are the dates for the Speakers Series 2003 season. Please remember to keep these dates open. Speakers to be confirmed.

Thursday, 20 February, 2003

Thursday, 20 March, 2003

Thursday, 17 April, 2003

Thursday, 15 May (AGM), 2003

Monday, January 20, 2003 at 12:00 p.m.

Winter Luncheon, Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West

Everyone is welcome to attend our Winter Luncheon. Please come out and help our sponsor, Dr. Napke, celebrate his birthday! Lunch will be a choice of a light lunch at a cost of $4.50 per person or one of two hot foods at a cost of $8.50 per person. Parking is not available at the Mess during daytime hours.

Reservations: Ida Capern tel. 828-7899

(Please note that the date of the luncheon had to be changed)

Speaker's Series

Thursday, February 20, 2003

Hjálmar W. Hannesson, the Ambassador for Iceland will give a presentation. Please forward to Jesslyn Mullaney, 953-5255 any issues or topics related to Iceland \ Canada which His Excellency could address in his presentation. We will meet at 7:30 p.m. for an 8:00 p.m. start. Coffee will follow at a cost of $2.00.

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Skate Night at the Governor General'sThe Canadian Friends of Finland (CFF) has reserved a night for skating at the Governor General's outdoor rink and has invited the Canadian Nordic Society and other clubs to enjoy the evening. Parking is available on GG'S grounds near the rink and a warmup hut is available. Approximately 60-79 people can attend (adults and children). Space is limited so please call Jesslyn Mullaney at 953-5255 to register.

Saturday, February 1, 2003
Norway/Keskinada Giant Ski Relay
Rideau Hall Winter Party at 2:00 p.m.

The Norwegian Embassy will be hosting the "Long Ski Relay Event" at the Governor General's residence. This year the "Long Ski" event will consist of relay races of groups of 16 people on each pair of skis. Bring your own ski poles and be a part of this record-setting relay attempt at a Guinness World Record. 

On the same day, the Governor General will be hosting Family Day, with all sorts of activities for families. Gates open at 1:00 pm and the Ski relay will start at 2:00 pm. Please arrive at the tent at 1:30 pm for sign-in and bib distribution. Free Parking will be available at the National Research Council Building at 100 Sussex Drive. Shuttle busses to Rideau Hall from the NRC begin at 12:45 p.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m.

Please RSVP: Monique Deschamps Keskinada Loppet Phone (819) 595-0114

Saturday February 8, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.

Finns' Bowling ChallengeThe Canadian Friends of Finland would like to challenge the other Nordic Clubs for a bowling trophy. The location is the Merivale Bowling Lanes, 1916 Merivale Road, South of Hunt Club Road (right hand side near Argo Carpets store).

Skill level is not important so come out for an evening of fun--non-bowlers and others!! CFF has challenged members of the CNS to put up teams for Norway and Sweden, Friends of Iceland, and the Danish Club to a friendly competition for a CFF trophy. CFF motto is that while the other groups could pose somewhat of a threat "we can beat them in the alleys!" Scoring is computerized so the win will be undisputable! After the encounter we will gather in an adjoining restaurant for post-game analysis and awarding of the trophy.

Please call Ida Capern at 828-7899 to register and indicate which club you would like to bowl for and whether you are interested in going to the adjoining restaurant called Pete's Place afterwards. The cost for the bowling is $6.75 per person for two games including shoe rental.


Lucia 2002

On December 7, 2003, the Canadian Nordic Society (CNS) celebrated its 39th Santa Lucia. It was a wonderful time for the young and young at heart. The CNS Lucia is unique as it is truly a community event. Every child has the opportunity to participate in the Lucia procession resulting in happy child-hood memories of being part of a special cultural event. In the Lucia procession this year, there was a second generation Lucia child.

On behalf of the CNS Board, I want to thank the volunteers: Stella Ellis for organizing and preparing the children for the Lucia procession; Mona Whitaker for organizing and working the fish pond; Marja and Michael Enright for helping with set-up and take-down; Gunilla Wade for helping with set-up, decorating the Christmas tree (this was a mother and daughter labour of love), for working the table selling the Danish Baked goods and for serving the Glögg; John Russett for attending to the lighting controls and for take-down; Tena Tenkula for assisting with the raffle prizes table; Bruce Enstone for preparing paper work and assisting with take-down; Kathy Berquist for arranging and delivering the baked goods from Trillium Bakery.

Thank you to the Finnish singers, Anna Dalvi, Eija Gardener, Mirja Kapsalis, Marja-Leena Majeed, for the beautiful songs they sang to us. I also want to thank all the people who brought baked goods for everyone to enjoy that evening.

Thank you notes have been sent out but I wish to acknowledge the generosity of the Embassies of Finland, Norway and Sweden; Ericsson; Nokia; Ikea; Danish Bakery in Toronto and Coastline Publishing for the items they donated which were used for the doors prizes and raffle draws.

On a personal note, I want to thank the other CNS Board members, Ida Capern, Per Olav Talgoy, David Murray, Kristina Wade, Kelly Dorcas, Anne Morris and Ahti Tolvanen. They worked very hard for weeks leading up to and on the day of the event which made it such a success. They are very dedicated and committed to the spirit of Lucia and the CNS.

On behalf of the CNS Board, best wishes for 2003 and hope to see you at 2003 Lucia.

Jesslyn Mullaney
President of the Canadian Nordic Society

"Dear Editor!
Just to compliment YOU and the Society for the new format of Nordic News. The layout and the whole thing is just great. Great initiative!!! Thank you and my very best congratulations.

Member 2002-2003, Ludvig I. Madsen

Scandinavian Folk Dance!
Come join the Scandinavian Folk Dancers! This group of adult folk dancers meet to dance every second Tuesday of the month, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Enid Robins-Holm and Finn Holm, 52 Castleton Street, Nepean (Ottawa). Folk dance is easy to learn and fun to do! For more information call Gösta Edvardsson at 226-2356.

N.B. Correction to November 2002 Newsletter in the "Reports Midsommar Fest, Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec June 2002" - The Scandinavian Folk Dancers were inadvertently referred to as the Swedish Dancers. Please note, however, that the on-line version of the November Newsletter 2002 has the correct title for the Dancers.


Village Charter School in Anchorage, AK.
This is a letter from a school in Anchorage looking for a Norwegian teacher.

Dear Norwegian Language/Cultural Office,

Our K-8th grade school here in Anchorage has taught Norwegian to all students as an enrichment to the regular, academic curriculum for the past five years, since we opened. Our Norwegian Coordinator retires in May, and we are seeking a fluent speaker who has worked with children and knows the folk songs and culture of Norway to replace her next September. Your assistance in helping us get the word out about this position opening would be wonderful.
We anticipate being on the West Coast and in the Midwest late winter for inperson interviews. Meanwhile we welcome inquiries. Thank you for all your assistance.

Best wishes,

Linda Sharp, Principal
Tel: 907-245-5501


Canadian Nordic Society Board Members:

Ms. Jesslyn Mullaney; President
Ms. Ida Capern; First Vice-President
Mr. David Murray; Second Vice-President
Ms. Kristina Wade; Recording Secretary

Ms. Kelly Dorcas; Treasurer
Mr. Per Olav Talgoy; Councillor
Ms. Anne Morris; Councillor
Mr. Ahti Tolvanen; Councillor


1620 Scott Street

P.O. Box 64126

Holland Cross Building

Ottawa, ON K1Y 4V1