Queen Margrethe spoke of Denmark's progress in her live annual New Year's Eve address. The Queen began by state, "When the clock strikes twelve at midnight, the old year come to an end. At that very moment, we toast the new year and wish each other "Happy New Year". On New Year's Morning, we wake up to embrace new days. They lie ahead of us, waiting for us, but the time that has passed lies behind us. And yet, --all the things that happen to us leave an impact and provide us with experience, good and not so good. We must carry that experience with us further in life". She then went on to discuss the Danish progress including the economy, saying that Denmark is getting richer but questioned if the people were getting any wealthier. Technology was another point with her Majesty giving credit to its positive contributions -- like being able to Face Time family across the globe -- as well as warning against its negative aspects. Her Majesty made sure to acknowledge emergency service personnel, as well. The Queen touched on several topics of the year including her son, Crown Prince Frederik's 50th birthday and the celebrations. The Queen's remarks also addressed her late husband, Prince Henrik's death in February 2018. Queen Margrethe told the Danish people that the Royal Family have much to be thankful for over the past year, "The Crown Prince, the Crown Princess, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie and my 8 wonderful grandchildren together with me have so much to say thanks for. We all feel the warm support which we encounter everywhere, on special occasions, as well as in day-today life." She concluded her speech saying, "Life brings us both sorrows and joys. let us welcome the new year with reflection and consideration. Let us carry our experience --good and not so good -- into the new year and let us embrace the year in a spirit of hope and confidence".
-"I wish you all a happy New Year! God Bless Denmark!"
We have just received a supply of the brochures for the upcoming Danish Heritage Seminar that follows the AGM for the Federation of Danish Associations in Canada, to be held in Winnipeg this year. I believe there are already some of our members that have signed up so if you are interested, you should register now and you'll be in good company. More information on the Federation's AGM will follow when we receive it.
This is also a reminder that our club is holding the Annual General Meeting at Bowen Park Complex, Room 1 on Sunday, March 3 starting at 1:30 pm. As you may know, March 3 is Fastelavn in Denmark so we have a select group of members that will be baking a variety of delicious Fastelavnboller to be served with refreshments following the meeting. Please note that attending the AGM is FREE! Details of the agenda are in the January newsletter. Hope to see you there.
Cheers, Tom Hedekar
Our club has agreed to host the Federation AGM here in Nanaimo next year (2020) so there'll be lots of stuff coming forward on that subject. Since we are hosting the AGM next year, Lynn and I have already bought our airline tickets (Westjet had a big sale) so we'll be going to that at the end of May. Stay tuned.
Dear Member of the Danish Federation,
Here we are in 2019, four hundred years after Jens Munk left
Copenhagen, sailing west, to try to find the Northwest Passage, north
of Canada to China. The anniversary of this expedition will be
commemorated at the 2019 Danish Canadian Conference in Winnipeg. The Danish
Federations' Jens Munk Commemorative Steering Committee, chaired by
Carl Sorensen of Edmonton, is working on a host of exciting activities
to bring awareness of this voyage of discovery.
The Danish Canadian Conference will be held at the Hotel Fort Garry in
Winnipeg from Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, May 26, 2019. The Conferences'
Theme is The Arctic: Past, Present and Future? with focus on Jens
The Danish Club in Winnipeg is planning a grand conference which will
also include a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall, as Dannebrog turns
800-years in June. Moreover, the Danish Ambassador to Canada, H.E.
Thomas Winkler, will be joining us for our Conference.
Immediately after the Conference, from Monday, May 27, to Saturday,
June 1, 2019, the Danish Heritage Seminar will be held at the Hotel
Fort Garry. The theme is "Wanderlust: The desire to explore the
world". Headmaster will be Pastor Susanne Ivalo Rasmussen of the
Danish Lutheran Church in Vancouver. Other presentations will be by
Otto Christensen of Gimli and Aase Christensen of Guelph, as well as
Charlotte Andersson, a professional musician and singer, who is flying
in from Copenhagen to join the Seminar, to tell us about Christian
Winther, the poet who wrote "Flugten til Amerika". The Seminar is in
Please mark the dates on your calendar and prepare to join us in
Winnipeg for what promises to be some remarkable days. A Registration
Package for the Conference is in the process of being prepared. And
the Seminar Brochure is in the process of being printed.
Regards and best wishes,
Rolf Buschardt Christensen
President, Federation of Danish Associations in Canada
679 Eastvale Court
Ottawa, Ontario K1J 6Z7
Dear Members of the Danish Federation,
On November 8th 2018, the Canadian Nordic Society in Ottawa held a Gala Dinner to Celebrate Iceland's 100th Anniversary of Independence from Denmark.
The photographs are from the Gala, where the Jens Munk Banner was prominently displayed by the podium.
Regards, by Rolf Christensen at the Federation
The Canadian Nordic Society has a website where you can view their Nordic News going all the way back to October 2002. There are articles on the history of Iceland that are quite interesting.
We also lost another member of our club, Karl Sorensen, lately of Burnaby
Remembrances - ære være hans minde
We must also say goodbye to
Alf Edmund Hansen (July 9,1934 - July 26, 2018)
Alf was a master craftsman at the early age of 15, having been schooled in Denmark as a carpenter and furniture maker.
After arriving from Denmark at the age of 17, Alf spent 9 years in Edmonton, but settled in Parksville, BC for the past 50 years. He built hundreds of homes as well as some commercial buildings in town. In 1970, he started the Englishman River Inner Tube Race. He was active with saving the Parksville Estuary from further development and created the Friends Flats Group to raise awareness. He was also involved with the Nature Trust of BC, the Parksville Fish and Game Club, and of course, our Danish Canadian Club. Alf is survived by Margit, his wife of 59 years.
Remembrances - ære være hans minde
We are sad to learn of the passing of our member Lars (Lasse) Erik Christensen on May 16, 2018. Born August 10, 1929 in Allingaabro, Denmark, he served in the Danish Royal Guards and immigrated to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1951. Lars relocated to Ladysmith in 1967, where he worked as a carpenter and construction superintendent. He is survived by Rosa, his wife of 65 years.