Congratulations to our new President & Treasurer!

Hello everyone!

I’d like to share the good news! SNCA has a new president & treasurer!

Congratulations to incoming president Christian Samdal Borgen, and treasurer Liam Reeve for the 2014/2015 year. We’re very excited to have you lead our group forward!

Here’s his introduction from the SNCA Facebook group:

My name is Christian and I am the new president of the UBC Scandinavian and Nordic Cultural Association. Born and raised in Norway with some time in Denmark I have a vast amount of cultural exposure etc. to Scandinavia which I hope to bring to this club.

Me and my treasurer Liam Reeve have started planning events for next year, and hope you all will continue to be committed to this club!

Thanks for your trust as president, please comment below if you have any questions!

As the year progresses, it’s my hope that others will join Christian and Liam on the executive, and make this the most dynamic and exciting year yet!

I would also like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to Michael Huber for stepping up and taking on the president’s role last year.  Without his commitment, the club would have folded. We are very grateful to him and the executive for their dedication over the past year, and we wish you much success in all your future endeavours. Thank you!

Please leave words of congratulations and thanks below, and any comments or suggestions you might have as well. We’re excited about the many possibilities for the coming year!



Founding President and Member


Please come to the SNCA Elections TONIGHT! March 13, 2014

We need YOU!

In 2003, I (Ingrid) and some fellow UBC students started the Scandinavian and Nordic cultural Association (SNCA). In 2004, we produced our first annual Lucia Celebration with the generous support of the CENES department thanks to the encouragement of the then department chair, Peter Stenberg.

The club did very well over the years. We participated in events like Dragon Boat races, Storm the Wall, friendly Kubb competitions, regular “fika” get togethers, etc. Friendships were formed that continue to this day. In fact, it’s thanks to SNCA that two of our members met and eventually married! 🙂

But, over the past couple of years, interest in the club has declined. It’s sad to see, considering the amount of work so many volunteers put into it over the years.

Tonight there will be informal elections for the new exec at the Wolf and Hound, Dunbar & West Broadway,-123.1840477,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x548672ff95fbd70d:0x265b7f3edffaf728

All that’s needed to keep the club going are a President and a Treasurer! Please volunteer!

If there’s no new executive, the club will have to fold.

Calling all UBC students and anyone who knows UBC students who are interested in anything Scandinavian! Please drop by the Wolf and Hound tonight at 7:30pm and join our executive.

I’ve asked the current exec to put something distinctive on the table so people who don’t know them can find them. Hopefully they’ll do that. Otherwise, we’ll just have to go from table to table and ask!

7:30PM. Wolf and Hound!

Keep SNCA going at least one more year!


SNCA Elections Done Right

Greetings all!

It has been quite some time since our last post, and it’s time for elections for the SNCA exec once again.

This time we’re doing it in a more casual and fun way. I’ll get to that in a minute, but first a little about Lucia this year.

Last year, interest in participating in Lucia was down, and it almost didn’t happen. In fact, it didn’t happen on campus at all. Instead, Lena Karlström, the Swedish lecturer at UBC, held it at her house and for the first time ever we had a male Lucia. It was fabulous!

This coming Lucia in 2014 will be our 10th anniversary! Fingers crossed it will happen!

But… in order for it to happen, we need YOU! Yes, YOU!

We need you to support our little club by joining or becoming an executive member, or committing to sing this year in Lucia!

Which brings me to the next bit of news: ELECTIONS at the WOLF AND HOUND PUB – 3617 West Broadway, Vancouver, Thursday, March 13, 7:30 pm.

There’s information about it HERE on Facebook, complete with map on how to get there. And yes, you can be a member of SNCA even if you’re not a student at UBC.

Most of our activities are now being posted on Facebook. You can find us on our SNCA page and on our SNCA group. You can request to join the group, where you can post relevant information yourself, and read up-to-date events and things of interest pertaining to Scandinavia. The page is open to all, and tries to keep up with the Group’s postings.

Here are some posts of interest from the SNCA Facebook Group:

>> Some Harvard College students have put together  “Simplicissimus – the Harvard College Journal of Germanic Studies.” Their Fall issue focuses on Scandinavia! There’s a lot of great Germanic scholarship and literature here, from translations of Old English literature to Swedish stories and Viking artwork. Check them out on Facebook to read more about them!

>> SNCA members will be getting together tomorrow, Friday, March 7 at 7:30pm – “Vi slutter oss til folk fra svenskkursen og drar til Wolf and Hound for en tidlig øl eller te 😉 We’ll join the Swedish course and go to the Wolf and Hound for an early beer or tea ;-)” Come out and join them!

>> Norway will be creating a sensitive and seminal memorial to the July 22, 2011 mass shooting of 77 people on the island of Utøya. It is beautiful. You can read about it here:

>> Scandinavian architecture in Vancouver, GWERK: The connection between Richard Wagner, Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group and the north end of Granville Bridge. Curious? Check in for a closer look, Sat. 22nd:

We’ll try to keep this blog better updated. But if you’re interested in what’s happening with the club on campus, please check out either of our Facebook sites.

Hope to see you at the Wolf and Hound!!

Kindling the Spirit of Jul

SNCA’s Lucia Celebration today was a big success! The singers sounded sublime, especially in the soothing and gentle harmonies of “Det Är En Ros Utsprungen”. We filmed them this year and are working on making a short video which we’ll share soon!

Now that we’ve heralded in the Jul season and gotten the Jul embers burning in people’s hearts, here’s a little something to stoke those flames – Lucia in Norway, with tales of food, song, Vikings and Jul Nissen. This will put a smile on your face and make your heart shine like a Jul candle.