18 Nov 2017
November 18, 2017

Weihnachtsgala or Christmas Gala

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You are invited to Join us on November 27!

Beatrice & RichardThe German Canadian Business Association (GCBA) is holding their annual Christmas Gala, complete with champagne reception, buffet meal and dessert, as well as sing-a-longs and musical entertainment and raffle prizes.

We are excited to announce that this year not only do we have the S-Bahn playing again, we also have the addition of an Alpenhorn being played at different times during the evening. The caroling part will be led again by Elizabeth Petrie, first soprano with the Bach choir.

To help us grow, please feel free to invite  friends or email this invitation to other people who might be interested.

Fresh Fruit Chocolate FondueWe are also currently asking members and friends of the GCBA to help us with our tombola. No item is too small or too big. (Please note that ticket prices do not cover all of the expenses).

If you have any questions about tombola donations or any other questions please contact Susanne at susanneziehr@hotmail.com

For confirmation of attendance please contact Elke Porter at secretary@germancanadianbusiness.com

Hope to hear from you soon🎅

Christmas Cheers

Mit herzlichen Weihnachtsgruessen!

Susanne Ziehr
778 388 3101

Christmas Party Invite



16 Nov 2017
November 16, 2017

Vancouver German Christmas Market 2017

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Cherish the Charm, Taste the Tradition at the 8th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market

Treasured Holiday Event Returns to Expansive Seaside Site with More Than 55,000 Square Feet of German Jubilation

© Photo Credit – LoVero Films

Vancouver, BC – The city’s signature yuletide celebration returns to its expansive seaside home, November 22 – December 24, 2017 at Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron) offering its largest, authentic German festivities to date. The cherished holiday tradition will feature more than 75 huts stuffed with sweets, treats and treasures, coupled with a multitude of festive family activities and live entertainment. Attracting a record number of more than 215,000 visitors last season, the Vancouver Christmas Market remains one of the city’s beloved holiday experiences.

“We are delighted to return to Jack Poole Plaza again this season, warmly welcoming new and returning visitors to partake in our wide array of Christmas festivities, while discovering a number of exciting new activities and expanded highlights,” said Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the Vancouver Christmas Market. “As we move into our 8th season, and continue to grow in popularity, we are also pleased to unveil our revitalized logo and updated website, developed to help guests easily plan their visit. Whether shopping the market for that special, one-of-kind gift or indulging in the mouth-watering array of German delicacies, we look forward to seeing new and familiar faces during the most wonderful time of the year!”

Vancouver Christmas MarketAmong this year’s expanded highlights will be Canada’s first-ever Walk-In Christmas Tree: a 30ft tall tree covered with 36,000 twinkling lights that guests can enter to experience a spectacular – and selfie-worthy light display. The Christmas Pyramid also returns, this year taller than ever with the addition of a brand new ‘Flying Stage’ perched 10ft high above the market. The Flying Stage will host a lively line-up of festive entertainment daily. The entertainment line-up is stacked with a wide range of musical talent performing a steady stream of seasonal favourites that span every genre – from jazz, blues, folk, pop, classical, and gospel.

Visitors will undoubtedly treat themselves to the market’s signature array of mouth-watering delectables, including Glühwein (a hot-spiced mulled wine), Bratwurst, Gulasch, Spätzle, Schnitzel, Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), Strudels, and so much more. A variety of new local vendors will be offering the best food and drink BC has to offer including fresh sustainable seafood from Eat F.I.S.H., made-from-scratch Sicilian cannoli by the Cannoli King, award-winning German style wine from Wild Goose Winery, and organic beer made from local ingredients by Persephone Brewing Co.

Giant Pyramid

©Christmas Pyramid by LoVero Films

In addition to Deutschland delicacies, rousing entertainment, and returning favourites – such as the Christmas Carousel and the warming Alpine Haus tent, designed to accommodate more than 250 people, visitors can wander throughout the market’s quaint pathways of huts, discovering lovingly crafted gifts and treasures that cry out to be slipped into stockings and placed under Christmas trees.

Tickets to the 2017 Vancouver Christmas Market are now on sale!

Tickets are: Adult $10, Seniors $9, Youth $5, Children Age 0-6, FREE.
 Purchase online to receive a complimentary Season Pass.

Ticket bookings and Christmas Combos at: vancouverchristmasmarket.com

Christmas Market at Sunset

©Vancouver Christmas Market_Sunset submitted by Vancouver Christmas Market

SAVE THE DATE! Media are invited to an exclusive media tour of the Vancouver Christmas Market from Founder & President Malte Kluetz on November 21 at 4:45pm under the twinkling lights. Media will enjoy a taste of the market, sampling a beautifully crafted menu of new and popular fare, as well the opportunity to experience the expanded activities and highlights. Media will also be treated to a carefully curated gift box of authentic German treats and one-of-a-kind gifts from a host of new and returning vendors throughout the market.

Vancouver Christmas Market is honoured to work with and support its charitable partner the Children’s Wish Foundation. Be sure to join us for the Market’s ‘Children’s Wish Week’ from December 16 to 24, 2017, to support this important organization.

About Vancouver Christmas Market (vancouverchristmasmarket.com)

Since 2010, the Vancouver Christmas Market has delighted Vancouverites and visitors to the city with authentic German-inspired festivities. Combining colourful décor, authentic gifts, savoury food & drink, and family entertainment, the yuletide celebration creates the perfect atmosphere to mix & mingle with friends & family, take in a quick drink after work, and observe a wide variety of cultural activities, old world confections, and seasonal entertainment.

LISTING INFORMATION 8th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market

Date: November 22 to December 24, 2017: 11am – 9pm

December 24: Closed at 6pm

Ticket prices: Single Admission Adult $10, Seniors $9, Youth $5

(Children under 6 are Free)

Christmas Packages from $25

Address: Jack Poole Plaza – Home of the Olympic Cauldron

(Vancouver Convention Centre West)

1055 Canada Place

Vancouver, BC V6C 3G3

Website: vancouverchristmasmarket.com



06 Nov 2017
November 6, 2017

Consular Christmas Market

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My father and I attended the Consular Christmas on Saturday to see what was going on.

From their website:  “Visit our unique Christmas market! Over 20 stands will be filled with Christmas items and countries’ specialty food and beverages. Get into an early Christmas atmosphere by the smell of warm Swiss Glühwein and Colombian coffee, and go home with hotel and restaurant vouchers from the auction. Bring the whole family and be welcomed by Santa in the kids’ corner!”

You had to pay $5 admission at the door, which went to the Charity SOS Kinderdorf.  “We are well on the way to becoming the first Developmental, Interactive, and Therapeutic Village in the SOS world, providing unprecedented support to the children and caregivers utilizing a trauma-informed approach. To provide this environment, we strive to offer four experiences to every individual who comes into contact with our services:  a feeling of safety, relationships in which they feel they can trust, opportunities to collaborate and choose the services that they are involved in, and lastly help in building the skills necessary to move forward and function well on the daily basis.”

The event was hosted by Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver

The first thing we saw was this sign:

Country Flags & Signs

©Dietrich Klaue

We were surprised not to see the flag of Germany, but they explained that Germany was officially supporting their Christmas Market: if you click on this ad, it will take you to their website.

Vancouver Christmas Market

All of the following pictures show some aspect of the market, with some of the countries being Switzerland, Belgium, France etc.

Rose Hamilton - SOS Kinderdorf

© Dietrich Klaue – She represented the charity SOS Kinderdorf that was being supported by this Consular Christmas Market Saturday & Sunday

©Elke Porter – Swiss offering Raclette

Elke at Consular Christmas Market

©Dietrich Klaue – Elke visits the Consular Christmas Market

©Elke Porter

Table with Flag

©Dietrich Klaue

Beautiful porcelain doll

©Dietrich Klaue

©Dietrich Klaue

©Dietrich Klaue

Consular Christmas Market

©Dietrich Klaue

Beautiful handcrafted dolls/pets

©Dietrich Klaue

The Belgian House

©Elke Porter


CPABC members and students can receive 20% off tickets to the November 25, 2017 performance at the Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver by using discount code: FAMDISC. Tickets can be ordered online through Ticketmaster (http://www.magicalmusical.ca/tickets.html).

Tickets here: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/1100532649ACBD0D?brand=&tm_link=tm_homeA_h2#efeat4212

From their website:

Wendy Yau Sum Cheung’s childhood dream when she first saw Phantom of the Opera, was to one day produce her own Broadway style musical.  Rod Chow’s childhood dream when he first saw a lavish magic production show in Las Vegas with his parents, was to one day star in his own. Today both Wendy and Rod’s dreams have come true as they prepare to open their original production: SEASONS – A Magical Musical at the Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts on November 25, 2017.

This live musical will feature the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, under the conductorship of world class maestro, Kenneth Hsieh.  The spectacular full original symphonic score was entirely composed by the award winning Wendy Yau Sum Cheung. Wendy herself will be featured on the concert grand piano to engage, captivate, and mesmerize the audience scene by scene with her masterful, flowing, and memorably melodic style.

The dramatic storyline takes the audience on an epic journey of a young girl growing up with her love for music, and the joys and turbulences she experiences through her various stages of life. The audience sees this all unfold through the expression of sensual choreographed contemporary dance, stunning magic and illusions by Rod Chow, an emotional and inspiring storyline, and song and acting, by a full cast of dancers and actors.

A chance encounter with a magician becomes the turning point in the life of our central character. She and the once mighty wizard take on new beginnings as they progress through the Seasons of Life together…from the Spring re-discovering of magic and wonder, to the Summer enjoying and being amazed by their illusions and creations, to the Fall fine tuning of the magic they know and becoming an expert at sharing this with others, and finally to the Winter celebrating of their astonishments and the joys of life.

This dramatic, inspirational, and heart-warming full stage magical musical theatrical production was created for the entire family to enjoy.

Is your company or are you personally interested in sponsoring a magical show that will be held November 25 at The Centre for Performing Arts in downtown Vancouver?  Check out the various sponsorship packages – Platinum Title Sponsor would donate $25,000 or an elite sponsor would donate $1,250.

Please contact Elke at 604 828 8788 to ask questions or to donate.
Sponsorship Levels

This is a live musical featuring the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra under Maestro Kenneth Hsieh. The full original score was entirely composed by award winning composer Wendy Yau Sum Cheung, and the principal performer in the production is CPA member and professional dancer Amanda Collinge, CPA, CGA. The storyline takes the audience on an epic journey of a young girl growing up with her love for music and the joys and turbulences she experiences through her various stages of life. This story unfolds through expression of sensual choreographed ballet and contemporary dance, stunning magic and illusions by Rod Chow, supported by a full cast of dancers and actors. To find out more about Seasons, click here: http://www.magicalmusical.ca/


Bundestagswahl 2017: “Auslandsdeutsche werden um ihr Wahlrecht gebracht!”

IMH fordert Abbau bürokratischer Hürden beim Wahlrecht für die über 1,5 Mio. Deutschen im Ausland +++ Italien kann Vorbild sein

Die Internationale Medienhilfe (IMH) ist die Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschsprachigen Medien im Ausland. Dazu gehören beispielsweise Zeitungen wie das “Wochenblatt” in Polen, das Fernsehprogramm “Ahorn TV” in Kanada oder das staatliche deutsche Hörfunkprogramm Namibias. In den vergangenen Wochen erreichten uns viele Klagen von Produzenten und Konsumenten der deutschsprachigen Publikationen und Rundfunkprogramme weltweit. Sie wollten gerne an der kommenden Bundestagswahl teilnehmen, aber konnten dies nicht tun, weil es einfach zu kompliziert ist.

Wählen dürfen einerseits im Ausland lebende deutsche Staatsbürger, die nach Vollendung des 14. Lebensjahres mindestens drei Monate ununterbrochen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland gelebt haben und bei denen dieser Aufenthalt nicht länger als 25 Jahre zurückliegt. Andererseits können auch deutsche Staatsangehörige an der Bundestagswahl teilnehmen, die noch nie im Bundesgebiet ansässig waren. Dann müssen sie aber persönlich und unmittelbar Vertrautheit mit den politischen Verhältnissen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland erworben haben und von ihnen betroffen sein. In diesem Fall ist eine direkte Verbindung nach Deutschland, zum Beispiel über den Arbeitgeber, notwendig. Der regelmäßige Konsum deutscher Medien reicht als Grund beispielsweise nicht aus. Wählen kann nur, wer in ein Wählerverzeichnis eingetragen ist. Auslandsdeutsche, die nicht in Deutschland gemeldet sind, werden nicht automatisch in ein solches Verzeichnis eingetragen und müssen selbst aktiv werden. Der Antrag soll unterschrieben und postalisch übermittelt werden. Er muss spätestens am 21. Tag vor der Wahl bei der zuständigen Gemeinde in Deutschland eingehen.

Wer zum Beispiel vor fünf Jahren von Deutschland nach Südafrika ausgewandert ist, weiterhin den deutschen Pass besitzt und an der Wahl teilnehmen will, muss sich mehrere Monate vorher schriftlich bei der Gemeinde melden, aus der er stammt, und sich dort ins Wählerverzeichnis eintragen lassen. Dann bekommt er von seiner Heimatgemeinde die Wahlunterlagen nach Südafrika geschickt und muss nach dem Ankreuzen seiner favorisierten Partei den Stimmzettel wieder zurück nach Deutschland senden. Postsendungen zwischen Südafrika und Deutschland sind oft drei Wochen unterwegs. Ob sie ankommen, ist reine Glückssache. So oder so ähnlich stellt sich die Lage für fast alle Auslandsdeutschen dar. Diejenigen, die noch nie in der Bundesrepublik wohnten, haben es noch schwieriger. Sie müssen begründen, warum sie teilnehmen möchten und sind damit vollkommen der Willkür deutscher Beamter ausgeliefert.

Björn Akstinat, Leiter der IMH, erklärt dazu: “Im Ausland leben über 1,5 Millionen Wahlberechtigte. Sie könnten das Zünglein an der Waage sein. Bei der letzten Bundestagswahl 2013 schafften es aber nur rund 70.000, von ihrem Wahlrecht Gebrauch zu machen. 2017 werden es wahrscheinlich nicht viel mehr als 100.000 sein. Das sind vor allem Deutsche, die in den Anrainerstaaten der Bundesrepublik wohnen und kurze Postwege haben. Den restlichen Auslandsdeutschen, besonders denen in Übersee, ist eine Teilnahme wegen der vielen bürokratischen Hürden, die ihnen die geltenden Gesetze in den Weg stellen, meist zu umständlich und zu unsicher. Durch das komplizierte Verfahren werden Auslandsdeutsche praktisch um ihr Wahlrecht gebracht. Dabei geht es auch viel einfacher: Für Auslandsitaliener gibt es beispielsweise spezielle Wahlkreise mit eigenen Kandidaten außerhalb Italiens. Die italienischen Staatsangehörigen weltweit sind alle bei den Botschaften registriert und bekommen ihre Wahlunterlagen automatisch zugeschickt: Stimmzettel inkl. ausreichend frankierter Rücksendeumschläge, die die Adressen der jeweils zuständigen Botschaften oder Konsulate tragen. Italien hat sogar einen eigenen Minister für seine Bürger im Ausland. Im deutschen Regierungsapparat fehlt ein Ansprechpartner für Auslandsdeutsche völlig. Eine Änderung der deutschen Wahlgesetzgebung nach italienischem Vorbild wäre dringend notwendig.”


Internationale Medienhilfe (IMH)
Netzwerk deutschsprachiger Medien im Ausland
und fremdsprachiger Medien im Inland
Postfach 35 05 51
D-10214 Berlin
Telefon: (030) 5673-1559


Oktoberfest Enterprises located at 6711 Woodwards Road, Richmond, BC is still selling Oktoberfest posters after all this time!  These posters can be ordered now in 2017 by calling the company at 604 277-4300.

They have been Organizers & Decor Suppliers for over 40 years!

Recently I found a booklet at home from the Oktoberfest held at the b.c. place stadium (sic) in 1985.  Back then, Hermann J. Riepl was the President of the “German Canadian Business And Professional Association of BC, which was found in 1961.  Hermann writes:

“We would like you to take some time out from the hectic way of life to celebrate with us a Thanksgiving as it is done “back home”. The Munich Oktoberfest this year is 175 years old, it is known the world over not only as a beer festival, but also as a thanksgiving at the end of a busy year.  We hope you will be able to join us and enjoy this weekend of fun at the BC Place Stadium, and if you like it, why don’t you make a note for next year’s great EXPO ’86 Oktoberfest.”

Wolfgang Christl, who was the Organizing Committee Chairman writes:

“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our 1985 Oktoberfest celebrations.  This year commemorates our 13th Anniversary and our festival brings together people from all walks of life.

The true Spirit of Oktoberfest comes from enjoying the food, the fellowship and the Gemütlichkeit that prevails at our weekend festival. Enjoy it to the fullest in our marvellous B.C. Place Stadium and it’s just great to know that you have that “true wunderbar feelings”.

Harold L. Little, who was Manager of the 1985 Oktoberfest writes:

“A vote of thanks to all for their cooperation in ensuring the professional and competent execution of Vancouver Oktoberfest 1985.”

The entertainment at the time was Peps Ammer and his Band:

High spirits and Oompa are part and parcel of the Peps Ammer Bavarian Brass band being flown to the Vancouver Oktoberfest by Air Canada. The same eleven, fun-loving band members have been together since Peps Ammer first founded the group, and their contagious good spirits have infected audiences all over Europe and Africa.

Peps Ammer and his band, as you’ll find, do a lot more. At Oktoberfest you’ll dance to the folk music of Bavaria – polkas, waltzes and marches. But even the contemporary tunes come through with an unmistakeable Bavarian bounce! The up tempo music of the accordion and brass players coax the most reluctant and even unsuspecting feet onto the floor.  You’ll twirl, twist, hope and leap, and you’ll love every minutes of it.

The Oktoberfest Story

Since 1970 the German Canadian Business & Professional Association of BC puts an Oktoberfest on. First at the PNE Showmart Building and now at the BC Place Stadium.  Last year (1984) some 12,000 people enjoyed the hospitality at the “Harvest-Festial” of the Bavarians. The biggest “tent” in the world an Oktoberfest is held.

How did it all start? When 175 year ago, Crown Prince Ludwig married the Sachsen Princess Therese, it was suggested to celebrate it on the large meadow before the Sendlinger Tower.  Some 30,000 people came, while Munich had only about 40,000 inhabitants.  First a horse-race and later an Agricultural Fair was included.  Then came the places where fish and beer was sold.  Also the entertainment was added in 1818.  The Fair attracted some five million people in the last year, endings its 16 days always on the first Sunday in October.  Now you can enjoy it here in Vancouver too, where many sausage-makers, bakers, importers have added their products to the Fairs offerings.  This year (like in 1984) the only import beer comes from Dortmund, only large private brewery and a draft beer specialty for the Octoberfest is produced by Carling O’Keefe Breweries.

Please enjoy the good products available and have a pleasant time, and don’t forget next year we would like you at our EXPO ’86 Version of Oktoberfest, which could be even more days.



Das Schwarze Brett shares German, Swiss and Austrian news in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Each issues highlights past and future events, people, news, classifieds and important contact information. If you are connected to the German Community, or work with the German community, you won’t want to miss this next issue.

Underberg AdThe table of contents includes a feature story about the History of Underberg (yummy herbal digestive), a story of Robert Holler and the “Nations Warriors Wellness Society”, BC Travel News, German Canadian Business Association, Prospera Credit Union, new Deutscher Platz information, Swiss National Day Celebration, a quiz on how German, Swiss or Austrian you are, Vanishing German businesses, passive house schools, Klaus Priebe, the Consul General of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Vancouver Alpen Club and their Oktoberfest plans, GermanFest 2005, the European Festival, the Alpen Plattlers, PACO ERHARD who brings the “5-Steps to Being German” to the Fringe Festival, info about all the German Schools in the Lower Mainland, Swiss Quality Coffee Systems, breaking news regarding a new German Cultural Centre in Vancouver, Classifieds, Oktoberfest Events and important contact information – including links to CETA related items.

You just need to go to www.magcloud.com and sign up. Then you can read Das Schwarze Brett online for free, or order a print copy at home. I look forward to hearing from my readers – whether you are interested in advertising in the October issue, interested in contributing a story or interested in being an “order hub” at your place of business.

Das Schwarze Brett - Issue 3

By Elke Porter in Das Schwarze Brett

24 pages, published 8/28/2017

Das Schwarze Brett shares German, Swiss and Austrian news in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Each issues highlights past and future events, people, news, classifieds and important contact information. If you are connected to the German Community, or work with the German community, you won’t want to miss this next issue.


Ribbon Cutting

First Nations Elder Bruce Robinson, Todd Schierling, Judy Villeneuve, Marvin Hunt, and SOS BC executive director Douglas Dunn cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the transition suites.

Surrey, British Columbia SOS Children’s Village B.C. is thrilled to announce the grand opening of their final two suites for youth struggling to transition out of foster care and into independent adulthood. This momentous moment in the history of foster care in British Columbia – with a June 17th ribbon cutting by Mayor Linda Hepner and MLA Marvin Hunt – is the culmination of three years of intensive capital campaign fundraising of $450,000 to build five permanent suites. Success has been achieved through the generosity of individuals and organizations who understand the incredible need for this project.
Every year in British Columbia, more than 700 teenagers age out of the foster care system. As soon as they turn 19, the only support system they knew is no longer available to them, and they are expected to begin taking care of themselves. But at just 19, with no confidence, no skills, and little support or resources, it is setting these teens up for failure. And far too many of them do fail, ending up homeless, living on the streets, addicted, or in trouble with the law. Indeed, over 40% of youth living on the streets of B.C. have been in foster care.
That’s why SOS Children’s Village B.C. is excited about the completion of construction on the final two (of five) independent living accommodations. Separate building entrances, bathrooms, living spaces, and kitchen areas will allow young adults or young mothers to live an independent lifestyle, with support from a youth worker. A survey by the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks found 64% of youth transitioning out of care said housing support is what would help – or what would have helped – them the most.
Kids on piano 2017“Like any parent, we don’t believe that a relationship ends with a child on their 19th birthday,” said Douglas Dunn, executive director of SOS Children’s Village B.C. “Our program helps young adults move from the dependency enforced by being in care, to independence.”

Most transition programs require a referral through the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The SOS B.C. program accepts referrals from other professionals, schools, social workers, parents, and most importantly, from youth themselves.
The high-risk youth in the Youth Housing Year Intensive Program will have greater social connections – the number one desire of youth who have aged out of care – by developing relationships with the other children, youth, caregivers, and staff in the SOS Village.
Unique to SOS B.C.’s program, youth will be able to access the other therapeutic services offered to the Village families including: learning clubs; music lessons; camp, recreation and cultural programs; and cognitive, expressive arts, and Neurofeedback therapies. These wrap- around support programs will contribute to a more normalized experience of transitioning to adulthood for teens who cannot live with their biological parents.
Moreover, the SOS Children’s Village Thrift Store Foundation can outfit a young person with clothes, school supplies, furniture, and more, all at no charge. Participants will be provided with the business attire needed for successful job interviews.
“There are financial incentives to pursue education, and rewards including everything required for their own apartment: furniture, appliances, kitchenware, computer, TV, etc. – an ‘Apartment In A Box’ that they can take with them after graduating from our yearlong program,” said Douglas Dunn.
Inside Transition Suite“No one is really building suites like these and most grants only run for three years. What makes our project different? It is truly ongoing, as we have established an Endowment Fund to ensure operation of these suites for the next 30-50 years.”
A stable living locale will allow youth aging out of care to positively connect to their communities. With the location of the housing at an SOS Village, the teens will be healthier both physically and mentally, with access to the extensive green space and facilities of the Village which include a sports court, dedicated and stocked art/music studios, and more.
SOS B.C.’s capital campaign has garnered interest and praise from around North America. “I read with great enthusiasm about your effort to raise money to create homes for teens who must leave the foster care system at age 19,” said Richard Klarberg, President & CEO of the Council on Accreditation in New York. “Kids aging out of foster care is one of the most important initiatives in both Canada and the United States. Programs like yours offer a concrete and cost-effective approach to reducing homelessness and poverty among this growing segment of society. Congratulations on having the foresight and courage to tackle this problem.”
Once youth graduate from the Youth Housing Year Intensive Program, SOS B.C. promises lifelong engagement through their Aftercare Program. Once a child, youth, or caregiver has been part of SOS, they are part of the SOS family forever.
About SOS Children’s Village BC

Cake for 30th Birthday

Celebrating the 30th birthday of SOS Children’s Village BC on June 10, 2016!

SOS Children’s Villages is the world’s largest non-governmental, non-denominational child development organization and cares for fostered, orphaned, or abandoned children. It has existed for over 65 years with presence in 134 countries and 572 Villages. British Columbia is home to the only SOS Children’s Village in Canada. SOS Children’s Village BC provides homes, a supportive community, and programs to help foster children and youth in need grow into caring, self-reliant adults.





In concert, in German with English subtitles, with pianist Les Dala
June 4th, 2017 at 2pm at St. Helen’s Anglican Church (8th and Trimble, in West Point Grey)
Come and celebrate Heroic Opera’s inaugural show: Wagner’s Die Walküre, performed for the first time in Vancouver since 1975! We have assembled the finest dramatic voices the lower mainland has to offer, with the incredible Les Dala as pianist and music director.  Prepare to be blown away by the Ride of the Valkyries!
Beer and wine, and scrumptious German food will be available at intermission, and proceeds from intermission sales will go to St. Helen’s Syrian Refugee sponsorship family.  Tickets ($30/$25) are available at [http://www.heroicopera.com,/]www.heroicopera.com, or at the door.   Come and enjoy the epic experience of Wagner!
Heroic Opera Company
The Heroic Opera Company was formed in February of 2017. Our mandate is to produce both concert and staged operas of Wagner, Strauss, and Verdi only. Our aim is to enrich Vancouver’s opera scene with more of these great operas for big, dramatic voices. We are proud of our inaugural project: a concert version of Wagner’s Die Walküre, with the incredible Les Dala as pianist and music director.

Leslie Dala
Music Director, Pianist

Leslie Dala is the Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Associate Conductor and Chorus Director of Vancouver Opera, and the Music Director of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. He has worked at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Canadian Opera Company, the Santa Fe Opera, l’Opera National du Rhin, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria and Saskatoon Opera and he is a frequent guest conductor with the UBC Opera Ensemble, the COSI Program in Sulmona Italy and Soundstreams Canada.

Sarah Templeton
Producer, Sieglinde

Sarah Templeton is a dynamic Vancouver-based soprano, noted for her rich, dark voice and dramatic intensity. Hilary Clark, reviewer for Opera Canada, has called her “outstanding…with clear tone and careful articulation…”. Sarah has appeared as Wellgunde in Das Rheingold, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Angelica in Suor Angelica, Die Mutter in Hänsel und Gretel, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Cio-cio San in Madama Butterfly, and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. She has appeared as a member of Vancouver Opera’s chorus for several years, as well.

Walküre Poster