17 Apr 2015
April 17, 2015

Fruehlingsfeier im Care Home

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Fruehlingsfeier in German-Canadian Care Home

The German-Canadian Benevolent Society
invites you to coffee & cake, as well as
Poetry and Stories

There will be a happy singalong

Hubertus Schnendel will provide Voice and Guitar
Wolfgang Araszewski will play piano.

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
2:00 pm
2010 Harrison Drive

Fruehlingsfeier im German Canadian Care HomeFrühling zieht merkbar ein und lädt uns ein, an der Magie der Natur teilzunehmen in Gedanken, Gedichten, Geschichten, Bräuchen, Musik und Gesang.

“Am Samstag, dem 16. Mai, 14.00 Uhr, soll der Frühling auch bei uns einziehen und Freude bringen, nicht nur uns selbst, sondern auch den deutsch-sprachigen Bewohnern des Heimes.

Sie alle erinnern sich sicherlich an Gedichte und Lieder des Frühlings. Im Kreise lieber Menschen etwas selbst vorzulesen, oder Vorlesen zu lassen, ein Lied vorzuschlagen, das Ihnen besonders am Herzen liegt kann ein wunderbares Erlebnis sein.

Wir freuen uns Hubertus Schendel für diesen Nachmittag gewonnen zu haben. Er ist ein Könner und Kenner par excellence was das deutsche Volkslied angeht. Er wird uns mit Gitarre und Stimme begleiten und uns auch etwas über die Geschichte dieses und jenes Liedes sagen. Wir freuen uns auch, Wolfgang Araszewski wieder am Klavier zu hören. Er hat uns schon so viele Male beim Singen begleitet.”

Outreach Program

The Society offers cultural events for German speaking seniors and residents, which are conducted in the German language. The community gathers twice a month, on Saturday afternoons at the German-Canadian Care Home. Events feature coffee and cake followed by a film, a speaker or a seasonal sing-along. Since their inception these events have been very well attended.

Ongoing donations to help the Society support and finance these events are much appreciated. If you have any questions regarding this program or are interested in volunteering, please contact the Program Coordinator, Waltraud Custer at 604-713-6562, or e-mail outreachprogram@gcch.ca.

In addition, the Outreach program includes a book exchange and a poetry club. A weekly German sing-along is organized for Care Home residents, and members of the German community often also enjoy taking part.

Cora Schupp, AuthorWhen Cora Schupp started her “Masterpiece Floor Maintenance Ltd.” business in 1986, she never dreamed that it would someday lead to her writing a book. Yet in 2015, Schupp published her first work, entitled “Cleaning Up in a Dirty Business“, which references her experiences with the janitorial company she successfully founded and helped run for over twenty years. In 1995, Schupp also founded the “Janitor Room Supply House Ltd,” to ensure she and her clients had adequate, quality janitorial supplies on hand.

When both businesses were sold in 2005 Schupp began offering her accounting and bookkeeping skills to a variety of new clients, including Curve Communications Group Ltd, a PR and Marketing Company. Curve Communications decided to start publishing “How-to” eBooks through a new arm called “The Learning Curve Series”, and Schupp jumped at the chance to write about what it was like to run a successful company with over 100 employees.

Her ultimate goal is to inspire young adults and to give them the message that “

If you have a dream, you should follow it and not let insecurities hold you back.”

Cora’s parents were both from Germany and they had an enormous influence on her life. Lessons learned were concepts like “Being on time means being five minutes early”, “Let your yes mean yes” and “Work first, then play.” Schupp also likes to meet her deadlines, plan well ahead, be organized, precise and detail-oriented. She values cleanliness and still feels the best way to achieve this for her clients is “plenty of hot water and elbow grease.”

Another important value is finding that work-life balance, which is why Schupp sings in two different German choirs – The Concordia Choir in Vancouver and the Austrian Melody Choir in Richmond. Singing helps her to relax and take a break from her busy work-life and her life as an author, promoting her book.

“Cleaning up in a Dirty Business” is also available on her website or on Amazon. If your goal is to “make money fast by starting a janitorial company,” you won’t want to miss this. Read more on www.coraschupp.com or find it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.de/Cleaning-Up-Dirty-Business-Janitorial-ebook/dp/B00U34VLAG.

Why should you join the Association?

Board of the German Canadian Chamber of CommerceThe German Canadian Business Association, which began in 1963, started out as an Association for men only. Twenty years ago, women arrived on the scene and proved that they are just as capable of leadership and success. Today, our President Beatrice Schreiber, is a woman who is not only successful, but is also involved in some way in most aspects of the German Community in Vancouver. Besides her, there are 3 men and 3 women on Board and the Association is quite evenly balanced because of it.

When talking to people why they are not joining the German Canadian Business Association, I often hear people say: “I am so successful, I don’t need an Association.” or “It is too much money to join.” Here are three reasons why everyone in the German Community who run their own business, should join the Association:

1. All entrepreneurs and business owners are on a spectrum and all can benefit from membership in an Association in some way. Start-ups and “just launched” can benefit from meeting a variety of experienced professional business leaders who will give them advice and show them the way, while those who are already established can benefit from sharing information and mentoring those who still need help.

2. You are keeping the German Heritage Alive – It seems that all of our German institutions and cultural organizations are fighting to stay alive. Churches, charities, clubs and chambers are all left with a small amount of members or closing down completely. The members that are left are now in their 80’s and 90’s and funerals are held on a regular basis. They now need young people (and by young, you would count even if you are in your fifties!) to step in and fill the spots left by those who are no longer around. Yes, this may mean change, but that would be ok, as well.

Adding social media, websites, online newsletters, blogs, instagram accounts etc. are now necessary to stay alive. But the essence of the heritage could be preserved for our children and their children. We may take these things for granted and not miss them until they are gone – perhaps forever. Joining the German Canadian Business Association is one great way to keep culture and connect with community.

3. Finally, if one person from each business, or club or community organizations join, we could have a synergy that would help and benefit everyone. The most annoying thing is when you see two prominent German organizations that hold events on the same night – perhaps because they didn’t know about the other groups event. Or when you see two groups trying to achieve the exact same thing, almost competing with one another. Or the attitude: “We don’t need you. We can make it on our own.” Instead of supporting and promoting our German charities, churches and clubs to our younger generation and making room for them to join and grow them their way.

So, if you have any reason why you don’t want to be a member of the organization, I would encourage you to share this with the Board of directors or in the comments section and let’s see if there is any way we can work with you to help solve any challenges you may have. Then join the Association and make it the biggest in Canada, which will not only help your bottom line, but also offer a win-win solution to those who want to have success in Canada, as well as preserving the heritage that provided a platform for us to launch ourselves here.

You are invited!

Pastor Manfred SchmidtMartin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church
505 E 46th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5W 2A2
(604) 325-0550

Date & Time:
Sunday May 3rd 2015 @ 2:30 p.m.

Light catered late lunch to follow.

About Martin Lutheran Church: We are an Evangelical Lutheran church with services in English and German. Our services use traditional Lutheran liturgies.

As a member of the Canadian Association of Lutheran Congregations we are a confessional Lutheran church. We strive to teach and live in accordance with scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.

The German film at the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival 2015:


SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015 – 14:30

Lola auf der Erbse FilmWINNER – BEST EUROPEAN FILM, European Children’s Film Association, Olympia Film Festival, 2014 WINNER – BEST DIRECTOR, Olympia Film Festival, 2014
WINNER – AUDIENCE AWARD, International Kinderfest, 2014

9-year-old Lola lives on the charming old houseboat, the Pea, with her mother. Life is challenging for her. She misses her long-gone dad, and doesn’t much care for her mom’s new boyfriend. She also has to contend with schoolmates who tease her & chase her home from school. One day, she makes a friend—a quiet new boy in town, Rebin. Rebin’s family is secluded & mysterious, and Lola soon finds out that they are migrants who don’t have the proper documents to live/work in Germany. Together, the two friends learn to fight for what is right, stand up to bullies, and face the future with courage & hope.

Lola auf der Erbse

Eigentlich könnte Lolas (Tabea Hanstein) Welt ziemlich in Ordnung sein: sie ist elf Jahre alt und lebt mit ihrer Mutter Loretta (Christiane Paul) auf dem alten aber wunderschönen Hausboot „Erbse“. Doch seit sich ihr Vater vor zwei Jahren „in Luft aufgelöst hat“, ist Lola immer mehr zur Außenseiterin geworden. Ständig gibt es Ärger. Zu allem Überfluss passiert dann auch noch das Unfassbare – ihre Mutter hat einen neuen Freund! Er heißt Kurt (Tobias Oertel), ist Tierarzt und dummerweise ziemlich nett. Aber einen Papa kann man nicht einfach auswechseln und so tut Lola alles, um die beiden auseinander zu bringen.

Außer dem alten Kapitän Solmsen (Olaf Krätke) hat Lola niemanden, dem sie sich anvertrauen kann, bis eines Tages Rebin (Arturo Perea Bigwood) in ihre Klasse kommt. Der „Neue“ ist ziemlich verschlossen und geht den anderen Schülern auch lieber aus dem Weg, was Lola gut verstehen kann. Komisch ist nur, dass Rebins Familie sehr ängstlich ist und er nach der Schule heimlich arbeiten gehen muss. Dennoch freunden sich die beiden an. Als Rebins Mutter schwer erkrankt, werden die Dinge kompliziert und Lola findet heraus, dass Rebin ein dunkles Geheimnis hat…

09 Apr 2015
April 9, 2015

Women’s Personal Safety Workshop

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Attention:  All ladies!

Karate GirlThe Community Policing Services Unit is hosting a women’s personal safety workshop to cover the following objectives:
·        Understanding the importance of situational awareness and how it relates to personal safety.
·        Prevention
·        Understanding concepts of what is required in a violent encounter
This presentation will involve classroom instruction to discuss personal safety and prevention strategies.  There will be practical gym training to practice physical moves that can provide an opportunity to escape effectively.  You will be required to sign a waiver to participate.
Date:  Thursday April 23, 2015
Time:   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  
Location:   Strathcona Community Center 601 Keefer St
Registration:  604.713.1838 or in person prior to April 15th
(There is no cost)
Women interested in participating in this seminar are asked to contact the Strathcona Community Center @ 604-713-1838 or in person prior to April 15, 2015.
09 Apr 2015
April 9, 2015

New Info About the Saengerfest

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MGV Lyra Mens ChoirJune 5th, 2015 – Surrey, British Columbia – The Vancouver-based MGV Lyra German Men’s Choir will be hosting the 40th North Pacific Singing Festival in Surrey this year. Eight choirs, with more than 280 singers, will be participating. The choirs include German and Austrian mixed and men’s choirs from British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. The concert will culminate with a mass choir performance involving all participating singers.

Coinciding with this year’s Sängerfest, the hosting Vancouver-based MGV Lyra Choir will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Their conductor is Ben Ewert, who studied choral music at both Trinity Western and Cambridge University in England.  Ewert’s long-term goal is to revitalize the Canadian choral scene and infuse it with youthful vibrancy.

Events such as the Sängerfest provide entertainment of significant cultural value and seek to uphold the noble tradition of German Song, which is, and will always be, part of the Austrian and German collective heritage. It is also an opportunity to celebrate and share German culture with a broad audience and build new connections within the community. The Lyra Choir is always happy to welcome new singers of all ages, and especially invites young people to be a part of this century old German Tradition.

This year’s program includes songs by well-known classical artists, such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Hadyn and Richard Wagner.  The prelude will be performed by local band “Edelweiss Musikanten” under the leadership of Karl Schindler, while the final song will be the famed Hallelujah Chorus by Georg Friedrich Handel.  Audience members will even be able to sing along to a well-known folk song named “Kein Schoener Land in dieser Zeit.”

The first festival was held in 1902 when choirs from the Pacific Northwest met in Seattle. From 1902 on, festivals were held either annually or every other year until 1936. After a pause during the difficult years of WW II, German choirs resumed their activities and reunited in 1952 to celebrate their first post-war and 15th Song Festival in Seattle, Washington. Since then, festivals have been held every two to three years, making the Society over 100 years old.

Media Contact:

Elke Porter
604 828 8788

Open House Westside German School


For those who can’t “see” jpegs on their computers, this Open House event takes place on Tuesday, April 28th, at 4:30 pm at the Carnarvon School on 3400 Balaclava St.


1.  Meet the principal and learn about their program

2. Open class rooms

3.  Kaffee und Kuchen (by donation)

4.  Check out the German media sale (by donation)

Anyone interested in signing their child up to German School is welcome to attend.

Danke Schoen!

Snowman Arts & Crafts

Besides having more money, stringent entrance exams and sometimes excluding children with special needs, which seems to come up in every single conversation about this topic, there are three major reasons why private schools are better: And they wouldn’t cost a lot to implement in public schools.

1.  Code of Conduct:  Private Schools almost always insist on a “Code of Conduct” – Children have to promise to behave, to do their homework, to respect teachers, fellow students and the environment they are in. Of course, it is much easier to teach if the students are actually behaving with discipline and the discipline is enforced.  Now you are perhaps thinking – public schools could not do this!  But I just got a notice home about my child riding on the public school bus and I had to sign a two-page “Code of Bus Conduct”, so it is possible.

2.  Parent Volunteering is Mandatory: Private Schools almost always insist that parents have to volunteer in some way.  And not just to raise the funds that the provincial government has taken out of the education budget.  Parents volunteer in the classroom, with field trips, special projects and donate their time and skills to make the school a better place. They are considered true partners to education.  In public schools whether parents are allowed in the classroom is up to the discretion of teachers and the principal and is often a “hit or miss” situation.

3.  Parent Board – Private schools have a board of parents who also do more than just fundraise (like the PAC’s).  They are also considered important and valid.  Just like in Ontario, where they have developed a parent engagement policy:

“The Ministry of Education, District School Boards and schools benefit not only from the important work parents do to help their children succeed in school, but also by ensuring that parent perspectives are heard and considered in developing policies and programs at the provincial, regional and local levels.”

This policy also points out that:

There is a direct connection between parent engagement and:

• Improved academic achievement
• More positive attitudes about school
• More success with homework
• Higher rates of high school graduation
• More consistent school attendance
• Fewer behaviour problems
• A brighter future for students at school and later in life

In British Columbia, it seems that public schools just want the parents to fundraise and then to keep out of everything else, in spite of what their policies officially say.

This is why public support for private schools, independent schools, charter schools and homeschooling programs continue to grow. Parental choice will soon become mandatory.

Instead of traditional learning and parental support, public schools seem to trying to encourage politics, progressive rapid-fire changes and more focus on learning that involves no report cards, core courses or accountability.  This is nothing directly to do with money or fundraising, but clashing world views and clashing ideologies.  More tax payers dollars will not help.  Private schools are better because they haven’t forgotten one of the major stakeholders – parents.

According to my Facebook Page: Germans in Vancouver

As page manager, I am constantly trying to share relevant, interesting stories with my subscribers. Then, I can see how many people it reaches, who liked it and who shared it. It constantly fascinates me, which articles or topics get popular, and which ones don’t. It is a great way to learn more about the German Community here in Vancouver.

I have learned that the most popular items seem to be:
a. German bread
b. German Beer
c. German restaurants

BratwurstIn other words, food and drink!

Ok, that takes care of the top 3 most popular post topics. I guess the best way to the German Communities heart is through their tummies!

The only other popular post on my page was: “How to Parent Like a German.”

Now, other post that are popular are German-related events with topics, such as passive house, music, German holidays (Fasching, St. Martins Festival, Nikolausfest etc.), festivals, German cars, soccer, FIFA, Olympics, German language learning etc. Politics don’t seem that popular, which makes sense as when you live here, what happens in Germany isn’t as relevant and some people are still in the position where they can’t vote here yet anyways.

Finally, job postings are popular. Among students, travellers, work & travel visa holders. newcomers, immigrants, ex-pats and spouses of someone who is now working here in the consulate or as a professor at UBC etc.

People are always asking me how to either reach the German Community or how to sell to the German Community, and my advice would be to offer German food and drink, especially if you can get a hold of something that is not readily available in Vancouver or British Columbia. Or, you might want to offer a German related event, such as a festival, a puppet show, a concert or holiday celebration that brings the community together. Finally, you could offer useful information for job seekers and students.

At least that is what my Facebook Statistics seem to say!

Questions for readers:
a. What do you like to read about on Facebook or on blogs?
b. Are you trying to sell or promote your product/service to the German Community?
c. What are some posts you do not want to see on social media?