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					The Canadian Nordic Society                                      September 2007

             Nordic News
         240 Sparks Street, PO Box 55023, Ottawa, ON K1P 1A1 – email:

                      Check out our upcoming Speaker Nights

                           Please remember to send in your
                              2007/08 membership dues

The following are dates for the CNS 2007-2008 Speakers Series and other
           October 18, 2007
           November 8, 2007
           November 22, 2007
           December 8, 2007 – Lucia at Christ Church Cathedral
           January 17, 2008
           February 14, 2008
           March 13, 2008
           April 10, 2008
           May 8, 2008 – AGM

Upcoming CNS luncheon dates:
           October 15, 2007
           November 5, 2007
           December 10, 2007 – Christmas Luncheon
           January 14, 2008
           February 11, 2008
           March 10, 2008
           April 7, 2008
           May 5, 2008
           June 9, 2008
President’s Report
As your new President, I am looking forward to this year’s activities and hope to represent the CNS
as it deserves to be represented. On May 10, 2007, the Annual General Meeting was held at the
Army Officer’s Mess on Somerset Street. The annual reports as well as the outgoing President’s
speech were presented. The past President, Per Talgoy, will be sorely missed and as incoming
President, I emphasized that he was a “class act” impossible for the new President to emulate. The
new Board was introduced to the membership with each member giving a short description of their
background and Scandinavian interests. The social portion of the meeting was most agreeable with
refreshments and interesting individual conversations.

On Thursday, May 17, Norwegian Independence Day was celebrated at the New Edinburgh Park
with many members of the CNS participating in the singing, marching (with flags), games, pot luck
meal, conversations, etc. This was a non-CNS event, organized by the Norwegian community here
in Ottawa, which included several of our members including Ellinor Swettenham, Wenche Linneboe
and Per Talgoy. It was encouraging to see a few younger “Norwegians” participating and it was
wonderful to see all the beautiful families enjoying themselves.

A very successful Scandinavian themed dinner was held at the Lindenhof Restaurant on Friday, May
25 with approximately 40 club members and guests who had an enjoyable meal and conversations.
It turned out to be a very steamy summer night and in spite of the temperature in the restaurant,
everyone enjoyed themselves. Christine Trankalis (CNS Councillor) worked very hard to organize
this event and we all thank her for her efforts and time bringing this activity to fruition.

On Monday June 11, the last CNS luncheon of the 2006-2007 season was held at the Officer’s Mess
and although we managed to fill only one table, the discussions were lively, varied and very
interesting. Bernard Deadman (CNS Councillor) thanked those present for their support and
announced the schedule for the coming activities this fall and winter. It was nice to see one of our
newest members, Mr. Tony Baron, attending as well as the regulars. On Tuesday, August 21, April
Britski (CNS Treasurer) and myself attended a reception for a committee of the Brucebo
Foundation, which has scholarships for artist’s residencies in Gotland, at the Swedish Ambassador’s
residence, where they met with members of the foundation and a few of their Canadian
representatives. One of the recipients of the scholarships will give a presentation at one of our
Speaker’s nights this year. Teva Vidal (CNS Secretary) spent some of his summer on Gotland where
he worked on an archaeological site. We look forward to having him give a presentation of his
research at our Speaker night in October.

Gun Hanselius, a long time CNS member, has returned to Sweden and beforehand held a farewell
party in June at her house on the grounds of the Swedish Ambassador’s residence. A few members
of the CNS membership attended. Gun was as gracious as ever and I know she will be sorely
missed by her many friends as demonstrated by the large number of people who were in attendance.

The most recent event was the CNS luncheon held this past Monday, September 17, where there
was an excellent turnout. This was a short review of the most recent activities which I attended on
behalf of the Canadian Nordic Society. I look forward to meeting you at one of our many events
this coming year.

Leo Zrudlo, President, CNS

CNS Luncheons
Monday, October 15 and November 5, 2007
Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West
Please arrive by 11:45 am for 12:00 pm luncheon. Lunch will be a choice of a light lunch or two hot
dishes. Parking is not available at the Mess during daytime hours. Dress code requires jacket and tie,
no jeans or jogging suits. If you plan to attend please contact Bernard Deadman at 613-241-3640
no later than the Thursday before each luncheon.

CNS Speakers Series
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West at 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm start.
Indiana Jones never made it to Gotland.. A brief look at Viking-age archaeology on the Island
of Gotland, Sweden.
Teva Vidal, enthusiast of Viking and medieval history, gives an account of his experience on a
Viking-age archaeological dig at the Klints farm on the island of Gotland in the summer of 2007.
The talk will also explore the importance of Gotland during the Viking age and how history and
archaeology inform us about Gotland’s unique past.

CNS Speakers Series
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West at 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm start.
The Ambassador of Iceland, Markus Orn Antonson, will speak about “Icelandic Life in a nutshell”
including a review of Icelandic history, past and present, as well as the settlement of Icelandic
people in Canada.

CNS Speakers Series
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West at 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm start
Author Gerard Kenney will make a presentation of his latest book “Dangerous Passage”. The book
recounts the first sea transit ever from one end to the other of the Northwest Passage in 1903 to
1906 by Roald Amundsen in the Gjoa. It also recounts the second and third transits of the Passage
by another Norwegian-born sailor in the early 1940s, RCMP Captain Henry Larsen in the St.Roch.
Photos taken during all three trips will be part of the presentation. In addition, the book examines
the issue of Canadian sovereignty over Northwest Passage waters in today’s alarming environment
of global warming and rapidly melting Arctic ice.
Lucia Celebration
Saturday, December 8, 2007.
Christ Church Cathedral on Sparks Street at Bronson Avenue
The doors will open to the public at 6:00 pm, and the Lucia procession will begin at 7:00 pm sharp.
If you can donate an item for a door or raffle prize, bake something for our refreshment table or can
volunteer, please contact a Board Member, or email the CNS at
We need volunteers for the set up, take down, kitchen and fish pond.

Admission for all children is always free!
Adult members (18 years and over): $10:00
Adult non-members (18 years and over): $15:00
Please ensure that you have paid your 2007/2008 membership in order to receive the reduced price.
If you wish, you can purchase your tickets in advance by sending a cheque payable to the Canadian
Nordic Society, to the following address, specifying that payment is for Lucia 2007!
        The Canadian Nordic Society
        240 Sparks Street
        PO Box 55023
        Ottawa, ON K1P 1A1
Mark your calendars now so that you don’t miss this important event!

Lucia Practices
Teens and children of all ages are welcome to participate in the Lucia Procession. However, if you
would like further information, please contact Stella Ellis, the Lucia Procession Coordinator, at 613-
822-8510 or

First practice:       Sunday, November 18, 2007, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Where:                Carleton Heights Community Centre,
                      1665 Apeldoorn

Second practice:      Sunday, November 25, 2007, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Where:                Carleton Heights Community Centre,
                      1665 Apeldoorn
The Carleton Heights Community Centre is located at 1665 Apeldoorn, off Prince of Wales Drive,
west on Meadowlands, south on Apeldoorn. The final practice date (dress rehearsal) will be
announced in our next newsletter.

CNS Luncheon
Monday, December 10, 2007 – Christmas Lunch
Army Officers Mess, 149 Somerset Street West
This will be our Christmas luncheon consisting of turkey and other seasonal foods. Further information
regarding the luncheon will appear in our November newsletter.
                                        CNS NOTICES
Notice of CNS Bylaw Changes
The following is information about CNS Bylaw changes that were approved by the Members of the
Canadian Nordic Society at the AGM held on May 10, 2007. The changes will be sent to Industry
Canada for final approval. If you would like a complete copy of the Bylaws, please let us know.

The following amendments have been made to the CNS Bylaws:

Item 7 – members shall be 18 years of age or over as of the 1st day of the fiscal year. (Previously,
members had to be 21 and over).

Item 13 – the CNS board now consists of the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, the
Treasurer, and three Councillors elected at the annual meeting. (Previously, there were 2 Secretary
positions, 2 Vice-President positions, a Past-President position, and 2 Councillors). This change was
implemented in order to remove redundant positions and to increase the effectiveness of the board
positions. This change is reflected in the following item numbers: 11, 16, 18-20, and 28.

Item 21 – the following was added to explain the position of Councillor, which is not previously in
the bylaws: Councillors shall perform such duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the
Council, which may include but are not limited to: (a) making booking arrangements for the
Society’s social events; (b) initiate the formation of a Nominations Committee; (c) oversee any
changes to the Society’s website and the Society’s email correspondence; (d) coordination of the
Society’s newsletter.

Item 23 – The Liaison Committee was removed because it is a committee that has not been active
for years. It could be an ad-hoc committee that may be created when and if necessary, but it is not
necessary in the bylaws.

Item 25 – The financial and business year has changed from September 01-August 31, to April 01-
March 31. The date change is recommended so that when an audit is conducted in April and
presented in May, the financial information is current and more relevant. The current year will end
as usual on August 31, 2007, followed by a shortened new financial year beginning September 1,
2007, and ending March 31, 2008. After that date, the financial year will run as indicated above
from April 1 to March 31 each year.

Item 29 - The wording was changed from “financial” year to be changed to “fiscal year”.

CNS Newsletters
We are sending all members a hard copy of the September newsletter in order to ensure that we
reach you all. We have been sending electronic copies to those with email addresses for the past 2
years and have found that some members may not be receiving them, possibly due to their email
system blocking or rejecting them, when they are sent out in bulk format. Therefore, can all
members who would normally receive their newsletters by email, please ensure that the following
email address is added to your “safe” email list ( By sending out
the newsletters electronically, we have been able to save money by cutting down on postage and
printing costs.
However, if you are on the email list and prefer a hard copy, please let us know. To those members
who have been receiving hard copies of our newsletter, you will continue to receive them in that
format. Unfortunately, on occasion, we have last minute notices of changes of events and not all
members can be reached.

Also, please remember, we are always looking for articles to print in our newsletter, so if anyone has
an item of interest, please forward it to us.

CNS ‘Lost Island’ Column
If you have lost touch and are looking for a former member, advertise here, as there may be
someone who knows how you can get in touch again.

CNS Membership Dues
Now is the time to pay your membership dues for the 2007/2008 year if you have not already done so.
Remember to indicate on your cheques that you are paying for your 2007/2008 membership.

                            NORDIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Swedish High School Credit Course
This course started September 22 at Glebe Collegiate and continues every Saturday morning until
May of the following year. You don’t have to be a high school student to participate; adults are also
welcome. Registration began early September, however late registration is possible at the school
office. For further information about this course call Tuulikki at 613-523-8780.

Finnish Language Classes for Adults Fall 2007
A Finnish language course is held on Monday nights from 7 pm to 9 pm at Glebe Collegiate. The
fall term began September 24, 2007. There is a possibility that the class will be cancelled if there are
not enough students registered. Call Leena (613) 837-1641, if you have any questions as you may
still be able to register.

Finnish Church Service
Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 3 p.m.
There will be a Finnish Church Service at St.Peter’s Lutheran Church, 400 Sparks St. Pastor Matti
Terho will be officiating. The service is followed by a coffee reception. Please enter the church by
the parking lot side door. Everyone is welcome!

Request from Peter Julian, M.P., Burnaby-New Westminster
The following is a résumé of a request for support for a motion by Peter Julian, M.P. Burnaby-New
Westminster, which was submitted to the House of Commons on April 4, 2006. It reads: "That in
the opinion of the House, the government should honour the historical voyage made by Leif
Erikson, who became the first European to visit North America over 1,000 years ago, and recognize
the contributions of Scandinavian peoples from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland to
Canada by joining other nations in declaring October 9 as Leif Erikson Day in Canada."

Mr. Julian notes that for the motion to be accepted, it requires "substantial" support. He mentions
that he has already obtained support from the Swedish Trade Office, Danish Chambers of
Commerce, the Trade Council of Denmark in Canada, the Finnish War Veterans of B.C. and others.
The CNS Board has decided to add our support and are in the process of drafting a letter. If you
would like to send a personal letter of support, you can send it via e-mail to
<> or by surface mail postage free to "Peter Julian, M.P. Burnaby, New
Westminster, House of Commons, Ottawa ON."

Kuusisto / Juhola Music Concert
Friday, November 2, 2007
Alumni Theatre, University of Ottawa, 85 University Dr., Ottawa
The Canadian Friends of Finland, with the support of the Embassy of Finland, is bringing to Ottawa
two exciting Finnish musicians, world-class violinist Pekka Kuusisto and accordionist Johanna
Juhola. These enthusiastic and versatile musicians will play a repertoire of Nordic folk and
Argentinean tango-nuevo music. CBC’s Rob Clipperton will be the Master of Ceremonies at this

Help keep ticket prices for this event accessible for students, seniors, and the general public by
becoming a sponsor. Sponsors of the event will receive 2 concert tickets with reserved seating and
recognition as a sponsor in the concert program. There are several levels of sponsorship:
Gold Sponsor -- $250
Silver Sponsor -- $150
Individual Sponsor -- $70

General admission tickets are $20 per person paid in advance or $25 per person at the door. Further
information can be obtained by contacting:
Ida Capern - phone: 613-828-7899 or email:
Connie Whitmore - phone: 613-489-2474 or email:

Sponsorship contributions or payment for tickets can be mailed to:
      Canadian Friends of Finland
      c/o Connie Whitmore
      7063 Malakoff Road RR2
      North Gower, Ontario K0A 2T0
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Family Membership - $30, Individual Membership - $20. Student Membership - $15.
As a Member you:

        will receive the Society’s Newsletter
        are invited to participate in all CNS events
        are encouraged to become actively involved in the life of the Society
        receive discounts on tickets to CNS events

                   Canadian Nordic Society Board Members – 2007-2008
Leo Zrudlo              - President                         Stella Ellis                 - Vice-President
April Britski           - Treasurer                         Teva Vidal                   - Secretary
Christine Trankalis     - Councillor                        Bernard Deadman              - Councillor
Lyn Jonssen             - Councillor

If you have any questions about your membership, please contact one of the Board Members.
Membership dues can be given to any Board member or you can mail your payment to:

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

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