The Canadian Nordic Society                                                                           September 2005

   Nordic News

240 Sparks Street, PO Box 55023, Ottawa, ON   K1P 1A1

If you have not already done so, please remember to pay your membership dues for 2005-2006 as soon as possible

The following are the dates for the CNS 2005-2006 Speakers Series season.
Please remember to keep these dates open.
                                   Thursday, October 20, 2005
                                       Thursday, November 17, 2005
                                    Thursday, February 16, 2006
                                 Thursday, March 16, 2006
                                Thursday, April 20, 2006
                                             Thursday, May 18, 2006 (AGM)

Upcoming CNS luncheon dates:
    Monday, October 17, 2005
         Monday, November 14, 2005



I hope everyone enjoyed their summer and were able to take some time to relax and unwind. I look forward to seeing everyone again and I hope you can take some time to enjoy one of our Speaker’s Series evenings or special celebrations such as Lucia this December.

I would like to relate a little of a Nordic summer I enjoyed. I drove west to Alberta to attend a Norwegian summer camp. While driving west through the U.S., I enjoyed some Scandinavian food at Norske Nook in Osseo, Wisconsin. In their bookstore they had an excellent selection of Nordic books. At Moorhead, Minnesota, I visited the Hjemkomst Interpretive Center. Hjemkomst is Ahomecoming@ in Norwegian. The center houses a Viking ship, and outside has a replica of the stave church in Hopperstad, Norway. The church is exact in detail, and is a stunning site for everyone to admire. The wood smell inside makes you feel like you are in Norway 800 years ago. Even more stunning is the Viking ship inside the center. In 1971, Robert Asp, a guidance councillor at Moorhead Jr. High School, began his dream to build a Viking ship and sail it to Oslo Norway. Asp built the Hjemkomst in a former potato warehouse in Hawley, MN that he rented in 1974. Six years later, Robert Asp sailed his ship on Lake Superior. He died of leukemia in December of that year. In the summer of 1982, Robert Asp’s family and friends sailed the Hjemkomst 6100 miles from Duluth, MN to Bergen, Norway where they arrived on July 19, 1982. More details can be found on their website:

In Alberta, my son and I attended a one week camp at Trollhaugen Language, Arts and Culture Camp at Deer Valley Meadows camp, near Alix, east of Red Deer. Each child and adult can take classes in language, crafts, folk dancing, nature studies, sports and culture. It was a wonderful time for both of us. Of the 175 people attending the camp, 50 were volunteers teaching and leading the classes. The volunteers were the heart of a well-organized and thoroughly enjoyable camp. I even learned how to play Kubb; a game played in Norway which involves knocking over blocks of wood with wooden dowels. I am told that in a recent episode of the Amazing Race television series the participants had to play this game when they stopped in Norway. I will include instructions in a future newsletter. A contact number for the camp can be found in the following Sons of Norway website. Look under District 4:



CNS Luncheon
Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West
Monday, October 17, 2005 and Monday, November 14, 2005
Please arrive at 11:45 am for 12:00 pm luncheon.  Lunch will be a choice of a light lunch or two hot foods.  Parking is not available at the Mess during daytime hours.  Dress code requires jacket and tie, no jeans or jogging suits.  If you would like to attend please contact Tuula Bigras at 590-1893, no later than the Thursday before each luncheon.



CNS Speakers Series
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West
Noreen Olson, a popular speaker from Carstairs, Alberta, will talk about Norwegians in Western Canada as well as the Sons of Norway and will do some readings from her books. She is a long time member as well as past president of her chapter of the Sons of Norway. As well as being a writer, she lives on a farm, is a Marriage Commissioner and teaches communication classes.  For the last 25 years Noreen has written a bi-weekly column for the Didsbury, Alberta Review. She has put together 7 books which are collections of some of these columns.  Her newest book, “THE SCHOOL BUS DOESN’T STOP HERE ANYMORE”, is published by Douglas and McIntyre of Vancouver.  This book has been nominated for both the Leacock medal for humour, and the Grant McEwan award for Alberta Writers.  Her column, AT THE KITCHEN TABLE, has won the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Brinsmead award for best feature column by a local writer. In 1997 one of her poems was the Grand Prize Winner of Canada's Cowboy Poetry Festival Contest.  Her poems have appeared in several publications including, BARBED LYRES-CANADIAN VENOMOUS VERSE.  This year her work will appear in the New Compendium of Canadian Humour, edited by Will Ferguson and published by Penguin Canada. Please arrive at 7:00 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. start.  As there is another event at the Army Officers Mess parking in the lot beside the building may be limited.  Coffee will be available at $2.00 per person.  This is an event not to be missed!

CNS Speakers Series
Thursday, November 17, 2005

Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West
Speaker to be announced.  Please arrive at 7:00 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. start.  Coffee will be available at $2.00 per person.

Lucia Celebration
Christ Church Cathedral on Sparks Street & Bronson Avenue
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Further information will be made available at a later date.  Please note the time of event.  If you have anything to donate for door prizes or wish to volunteer, please contact a Board Member.   Mark your calendars now so that you don’t miss this important occasion!  


CNS Dinner June 8, 2005
On Wednesday, June 8, 2005, the members and friends of the Canadian Nordic Society gathered at the Warrant Officer’s Mess to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden. With an attendance of 85, everyone enjoyed cocktails and dinner and listened to speeches from the Norwegian ambassador, H.E. Ingvard Havnen, and from the Swedish ambassador, H.E. Lennart Alvin. Mrs. Elizabeth Havnen accompanied her husband for the evening. Liss Karin Alvin attended the cocktail hour with her husband, but then had to depart to attend a previous engagement. The ambassador of Denmark, H.E. Poul E.D. Kristensen and his wife, Else Philipp also attended the evening, as did Counsellor Matti Aaltola from the Finnish embassy and his wife, Raili.  Dancing followed the speeches along with friendly conversation and meetings of old friends.


Liv-Ellen Lockeberg
A sad moment for all members of CNS with the recent passing of a long time CNS member. Ms. Liv-Ellen Lockeberg died on Sunday 4 September at the Elisabeth Bruyere Health Centre. Dear daughter of the late Sigurd and Ingeborg Lockeberg. Predeceased by her brother Rolf Lockeberg. Survived by her sister-in-law Winnie Lockeberg, nephew Erik Lockeberg and niece Randi Lockeberg. A life time member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church. A long time member of The Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club and The Canadian Federation of University Women. She had a career in nursing, the last 7 years as the Assistant Editor of the Canadian Nurses Journal. A Memorial Service was held at St. Peter's Evangelical Church, 400 Sparks St, on Thursday, September 8, 2005. Prior to her nursing years, Liv served as secretary for Norwegian General Carl Fleischer in Ottawa during WWII. During the Pearson years, Liv worked in the Prime Minister’s Office. Liv celebrated her 90th birthday in June.
Henry Larsen Memorial Statue Fund
A plan to raise $100,000 for a life-sized bronze statue of Captain Henry Larsen was announced at the campaign kick–off held at the Vancouver Maritime Museum on Tuesday, September 20th  2005 with $25,000 raised by the end of the evening.

The statue will be installed on board the RCMP schooner St Roch, now a national historic site housed at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Larsen, the RCMP officer who devoted 30 years of his life to the Arctic, 20 of those as captain of the RCMP schooner, was one of the greatest Arctic navigators ever and a true Canadian hero. In 1940-42 he sailed St Roch eastward through the North West Passage on a wartime mission through some of the worst Arctic ice conditions in years, preceded only by Roald Amundsen’s east to west voyage 35 years earlier.  Much of Larsen’s route was uncharted and the voyage undertaken without the benefit of echo sounders, radar, aerial ice reconnaissance, electric light or regular radio contact. In 1944 he was the first to successfully navigate the more northerly and deepwater route through Prince of Wales Strait, now used by large military and commercial vessels.

On hand to launch the campaign were Larsen’s daughter Doreen Larsen Riedel of Ottawa, long time member of the Canadian Nordic Society and co-chairman of the campaign, and his son Gordon Larsen of Beaconsfield, PQ, as well as Simon Morris, the Saltspring Island, BC-based sculptor selected for the project.  Honorary Chairman John Sherman of John Sherman Agencies, encouraged attendees to get behind this significant project that recognizes a great Canadian and voiced his enthusiasm for the work of Morris.  “The enthusiastic support which we received at the reception was heart warming and we are off to a great start.  Our immediate task is to maintain the spirit and dedication we took from the gathering,” said Clyde Jacobs Campaign Co-chairman.  Jacobs, retired Chairman of the Pacific Commerce Line and a 55-year shipping industry veteran, said what impressed him the most about Captain Larsen was his ability to take an inexperienced crew safely through some of the most treacherous waters and ice packs in the world.

Committee members include:  George Adams Chairman of the Port of Vancouver, Ulf Eriksen Vice President and General Manager of Star Shipping, Alan Grimston retired President of Anglo Canadian Shipping Co., Tor Hugdahl former President of ships chandler Hugdahl Trading, Captain Aage Karlsen retired ships captain, Fred Sverre President of Entech Consultants Corp., and Marian Toft of SigMar Interiors.

Donations can be sent to Henry Larsen Memorial Statue Fund, c/o Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Ave., Vancouver, BC  V6J 1A3.  Media Contacts:  Co-Chairmen: Doreen Larsen Riedel, Ottawa phone:  613-729-0312;  Clyde Jacobs, West Vancouver phone: 604-921-9460
Artist:  Simon Morris, Saltspring Island phone:  250-537-9416

Norwegian Ambassador
The Norwegian Government has appointed Tor B Næss, as Head of the Norwegian Mission to Canada in Ottawa, and will coordinate the joint efforts of Team Norway which includes Innovation Norway in Toronto and other Norwegian interests in Canada.  Before coming to Canada in September 2005, Ambassador Naess served for a number of years with the European Department at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo.  During the years 1996 - 2001 Naess was appointed Norwegian Ambassador to Belgium and Luxemburg, seated in Brussels. From 1989 to 1996 he was Director General for trade policy questions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with special responsibility for WTO, GATT and  the Norwegian delegation to the Uruguay Round as well as bilateral economic relations,  with i.e. Canada. Prior to his designation to Canada Naess served as interim Norwegian Ambassador to Thailand for some weeks after the tsunami. For a period in 2004 he acted as Ambassador to Switzerland in Bern.  Ambassador Naess, born in 1942, holds an MA in economics from the University of Oslo.  During his period as Director General for trade policies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he lectured in international trade policy at the University. He is married to Bodil Thorvik and they have two children.

Swedish Ambassador
The Swedish Government has appointed Ambassador Ingrid Iremark as Ambassador in Ottawa.  Ms Iremark has been Head of the Press, Information and Cultural Affairs Department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs since 2000. Prior to that she was Press Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office and at the Ministry of Finance. She has also been Director of Press and Information at the Swedish Riksbank and Head of the Press Centre for Foreign Correspondents at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.  Ms Iremark will take up her post in Ottawa on 3 October 2005.

2005 Danish Heritage Book
This book is published by the Federation of Danish Associations in Canada and contains articles, histories and biographies of Danes in Canada as well as the United States.  It can be purchased by sending $12.00 to the Federation of Danish Associations in Canada, 679 Eastvale Court, Gloucester, Ontario, K1J 6Z7 or call 747-9764.  Make the cheque payable to the Federation of Danish Associations in Canada.




Land of Love (Vieralla Maalla)
Come for the screening of an amusing and fast paced comedy on masquerading, mixed identities and love. In Finnish, with English subtitles. 
Sunday, October 23rd, 2005 -- 7:00 p.m. at the National Library Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.
Admission: $6.00 for CFI and CFF members -- $9.00 for non-members.
The film is presented by the Canadian Friends of Finland in cooperation with the Canadian Film Institute. Professor Borje Vahamaki will introduce the film. Professor Varpu Linstrom will organize a Finnish book exhibition to run in parallel in the foyer. Cookies and refreshments.

Danish Bazaar
The Danish Club of Ottawa will be holding their annual bazaar on November 19, 2005 from 11.00 - 14.30 at: Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre.

Norwegian Bazaar
This event will be held at the Norwegian Church in Lachine Quebec on Friday, November 18, 2005, from 16:00-20:00 and Saturday, November 19, 11:00-16:00.  If you would like further information about this event, you can contact Per Talgøy.



Per Talgøy is again taking orders for 1.75 lb frozen packages of lutefisk.  Delivery will be around the middle of November.  Prices are expected to be a little higher this year due to increased fuel and shipping costs, which will be by air freight (last year’s shipment arrived in Per’s father’s luggage).  Price is approximately $17.00/portion.  No profit is made on these sales and is done solely for all to enjoy this unique Scandinavian delicacy.

Canadian Nordic Society Newsletters
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                                                            Canadian Nordic Society
                                                            240 Sparks Street
                                                            P.O. Box 55023
                                                            Ottawa, ON   K1P 1A1