What is the European Festival?

Date:  Saturday and Sunday May 27th and 28th, 2017
Time:  11 am Saturday to Midnight
Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm
Cost:  $8.00* Early Ticket for the entire weeken!; Children under the age of 12 are free.
$10 at the Gate
Location:  Swangard Stadium in Burnaby

Volunteers for “Team Germany” needed!

We need people to do a 3-hour volunteer shift, to cheer for Germany in the flag parade at 2 pm, to be there at 6:30 pm on Saturday, when the Alpenplattler perform on behalf of Germany and of course, to enjoy typisch Bratwurst and Beer.

For more information, or to sign up, please call Elke at 604 828 8788

Representatives from the German Canadian Business Association will be there.

If you have any last-minute German items you would like to see on the table, please let us know – maps, books, costumes, Christmas decorations and other typical German products


The link to the performances, starting on Saturday at 11 am can be found here:


The map of the Swangard Stadium can be found here:



From their website:

Needing a vacation? How about a European getaway, right here in your neighbourhood?

Bring friends and family and travel Europe for the weekend. Visit the 20th annual European Festival!

May 27 and 28, 2017, at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. Don’t miss out on this exciting weekend of cultural and culinary delights and rich entertainment!

The European Festival highlights the best of European, culture and tradition – giving you a taste of that great “Old Continent” right in your own backyard!

Come savour it all, from German Pork Hock and Hungarian Lángos to Balkan Ćevapi and Turkish Kofte!

Admire authentic ethnic dress and get swept away by traditional dancing like the Portuguese Vira, the Spanish Flamenco and the Serbian Kolo.

Come and experience Europe, from east to west, as seen through the eyes of Europeans. On May 27th and 28th, EuroFest BC Society brings unity through diversity to the Lower Mainland with the colours, music and food of Europe!

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Alliance Française VancouverThursday, May 11 – 6.30pm
Auditorium Georges Brassens

FREE event


Lecture in English with bilingual support.

Within the framework of the historical conferences at the Alliance Française de Vancouver, we are pleased to welcome back  Michael Huenefeld for a lecture on Bismarck’s policy toward France.

Franco-German relations since the late 19th century have been profoundly affected by the policies of Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck was Prussian prime minister in 1862-1890 and chancellor of the German Empire in 1871-1890. After defeating France in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, Bismarck spearheaded Germany’s unification in 1871.

This presentation made by Michael Huenefeld will shed some light for the general public on Bismarck’s policy toward France throughout his career. This policy facilitated the creation of the German Empire in 1871 and helped set the tone for the subsequent development of Franco-German relations in the 20th century. The long-term results of Bismarck’s policy toward France indirectly contributed to the outbreak of World War I in 1914.

This presentation will also review the broader international framework of Franco-German interactions while Bismarck was chancellor, including the roles of Russia, Great Britain, Austria-Hungary, etc. Finally, this presentation will touch on some of Bismarck’s key personal characteristics and his domestic political objectives in Germany. Both Bismarck’s character and domestic policies influenced his conduct toward France.

Franco-German relations have been critical to Europe’s development. Understanding Bismarck’s policy toward France is essential to understanding Europe’s recent history.

Phone: (604) 327-0201
Fax: (604) 327-6606
Email: info@alliancefrancaise.ca

Street address of our main campus:
6161 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3B2

The German Canadian Business Association (GCBA) would like to invite you to join them for one magic night at a soccer match between the Whitecaps and LA Galaxy on Saturday, April 1st, 2017. If they find at least 50 people, this will be an amazing fundraiser, if not, it will still be a fun night that includes business networking, a game, and a good time.

One of the GCBA’s new members is a representative of the Whitecaps and he is hoping to bring together many from the 200, 000 Germans living in Greater Vancouver. Please invite your family, your friends, your neighbours and your colleagues to join us!  Share this event on Facebook.

http://www.germancanadianbusiness.com is our website.

https://www.facebook.com/GermanBusinessVancouver/ is our Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/events/165127080660456/ is our Events Page.

If you cannot attend on this night, but would still like to contribute by sponsoring a ticket for a student or young person, please contact Elke at:


To buy tickets, please click here:  https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/whitecaps/EN/link/promotion/home/984fb8d71470841155af00370a701b7804a0f217

All GCBA Members + Family and Friends enjoy savings of $19 on Corner Seats for April 1st Vs. LA Galaxy. Please use PROMO Code: GCBA! Contact Oliver at 604-319-6863 if there are any issues.

Invitation to Game

The European Festival can have up to 30 countries participating. The countries involved are often part of a greater organization, such as a club, an association or a cultural centre. Germany does not have that support at this time. It depends wholly on German individuals to sign up.

Each country involved needs to have 2 volunteers at their cultural table, but can also offer some tasty traditional food in the food tent, can sell a European-related product in the Marketplace and showcase their culture through a traditional performance on either the main stage, or the smaller stage in the back.

The German contribution has been organized mainly by one single volunteer – Kecia Boecking from the St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – on behalf of Germany. One volunteer is not enough, as the festival now takes place Saturday and Sunday and needs a day or two to set up, a day or two to take down and constant volunteers for the 24 hours that the cultural tent is around.

If you have time in the merry month of May to help with the project, or if you can attend monthly planning sessions, please contact me. I was a part of the festival team for years, but this year, my May has gotten busier due to a family wedding and busy children. I might be able to attend for a couple of hours, but not for all 24. Germany needs a lot of help.  This is also the 20th Festival, so it will be a milestone event.

Flag Holders for Germany 2014Ideally, there will be at least 8 to 10 volunteers Saturday and 8 to 10 volunteers Sunday. Each country is also supposed to provide two parking volunteers Saturday and two parking volunteers Sunday. This does not include actual festival volunteers, who look after the entrance gate, the will call, the first aid booth, the children’s tent, the flag parade and many other things included in the festival.

You can also leave a comment below, if you are interested in getting involved. The dates are the last Saturday in May (May 27/28) this year and the event takes place at the Swangard Stadium in Burnaby.

Website is: http://www.europeanfestival.ca

f you are interested in any of the festival volunteer positions or have any questions, please email info@europeanfestival.ca or admin@westcoastgermannews.com

Vacant Manager Positions
Entertainment Manager
Marketing Manager
Sponsorship Manager
Volunteer coordinator

Prince of Wales Secondary School in Vancouver is holding a Multicultural Fair for the first time on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at 11:30 am.  Six countries are participating and one of them is Germany.

As “Team Germany” is very small, we are hoping to find member of the German Community in Greater Vancouver who would be willing to help us out by sponsoring a German cake. Tickets for this event cost $3 and there will be Asian cuisine, Schnitzel prepared by Slovenia and Germany has been requested to provide desert-items. Black Forest Cherry Cake, Cheesecake, Strueselkuchen or just fun chocolate figurines (lady bugs, hearts, flowers etc.)

Germany will also be offering a Poster Board with cultural description – this is a project the Westside German School is helping with – a soccer wall – borrowed from Axel Rechlin Principal of the Surrey German School, and is attempting to organize a German hip hop Dance Group from students and parents from the PW Community organized by me. This is by far the biggest challenge.

We also need at least 2 volunteers at our table and 2 volunteers to organize the soccer wall.

It will be a fun event that gives us an opportunity to share some typical and modern German culture with high school students in Vancouver who may not even know anything about Germany!

If you would like to donate a cake or two, please contact Elke at 604 828 8788 and leave a message.  You can also respond to this post below.

Please pass this request on to anyone you think may be interested in donating/volunteering.

Danke Schön!

Address of Prince of Wales Secondary
2250 Eddington Drive
Vancouver, B.C.
V6L 2E7
Phone: 604-713-8974
 Fax: 604-713-8973


Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Coastal Health has signed an agreement with the German Canadian Benevolent Society to rebuild and expand the German Canadian Care Home in South Vancouver. The existing facility will be demolished and replaced with a larger care home with 18 additional beds, for a total of 160-beds, 10 of which will be private pay.

“The German Canadian Care Home has provided compassionate care for decades, enriching the lives of its residents through the many services that are provided,” said Vancouver-Fraserview MLA Suzanne Anton. “The new care home will make sure residents continue to receive quality care.”

“This is a significant step in meeting the care needs of Vancouver residents,” said Laura Case, Chief Operating Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health. “It will enhance residents’ privacy and the experience of care by offering single rooms, private washrooms, outdoor terraces, and better access for wheelchairs.”

The new facility will have several small homes within a single building. This model is known as ‘home and neighbourhood design’ and is considered a best practice in residential care.

The German Canadian Benevolent Society envisions the new care home will also provide services to seniors living in the community, which may include adult day care, therapeutic bathing, rehabilitation services, education for informal care givers, and social activities that encourage community interaction and participation. Completion is scheduled for late 2022. Vancouver Coastal Health will provide operational funding for the new facility.

The existing care facility has been serving the community since 1969. It includes Vancouver’s largest special-care unit for residents with dementia. The population is ethnically diverse, with 30 percent of the residents of German descent. “Although the home has served the community well for many years, the existing facility is outdated, with long narrow hallways and many double rooms,” said Laura Case.

The current care home will close in 2018 to prepare for demolition and construction. VCH and the German Canadian Care Home will develop comprehensive transition plans for each resident to allow for a smooth transition to another facility. Wherever possible, residents will be placed in their preferred location. Staff will also be supported during the transition.

With the signing of the agreement with the German Canadian Benevolent Society, Vancouver Coastal Health has completed the procurement phase of their Regional Residential Care Rejuvenation project. It follows a rigorous process to replace several hundred beds in residential care centres that no longer fully meet resident needs, and to significantly increase the number of beds in communities that currently don’t have an adequate supply for the population they serve.

To date, Vancouver Coastal Health has signed agreements for 943 beds in eight new and expanded facilities over the next six years. VCH, like many health authorities, is planning ahead to meet the complex residential care needs of people living in our region who can no longer live safely at home with support.

Vancouver Coastal Health is responsible for the delivery of $3.2 billion in community, hospital and residential care to more than one million people in communities including Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola.


Carrie Stefanson 

Public Affairs Officer Vancouver Coastal Health

Office: 604.708.5338

Cell: 604.312.1148

E: carrie.stefanson@vch.ca

Liebe Freunde,

WeihnachtsbaumAm 12. November wird Dr. Karl Zaenker zum Thema < Die Nibelungen, ein deutscher Mythos sprechen,“vom mittelalterlichen Epos zur Wiederentdeckung im 19. Jhd, seine künstlerische Umwandlung durch Richard Wagner und seine Instrumentierung durch die nationalistische Politik des 19./20. Jahrhunderts”.

Am 19. November hoffen wir Sie zahlreich auf unserem WEIHNACHTS-BASAR , 12 -16 Uhr, zu begrüßen.

Wir freuen uns und sind sehr dankbar für Helfer und Spenden.

Die Bücherstube bietet reiche Auswahl an Literatur, Fachbüchern, Reise-Büchern, auch Kinder-Büchern. Um den Liebhabern mehr Zeit zum Suchen und finden zu lassen, ist die Bücherstube schon offen am:   Mittwoch von 13-17 Uhr Donnerstag und Freitag von 10 bis 17 Uhr,.

Gudrun Penselin, die im September für uns über medizinische Kräuter sprach, wird am 20. November in Gaia Garden Herbal Dispensary über die „Bach Flower Essences ” referieren, wo sie auch offiziell ihr Buch publiziert. Auch bietet sie einen Kurs an. 

Dem Nibelungen-Vortrag folgt passend am 26. November der Film <Wahnfried>, die Geschichte einer verbotenen Liebe zwischen Richard Wagner und Cosima von Bülow. Starbesetzung ist mit Otto Sander und Tatja Seibt.

Advent Benevolent Care HomeAm 27. November,  findet das Weihnachtskonzert der Chöre und der Edelweiß Musikanten im Alpenclub statt.


Vorschau in das Jahr 2017  

Am 14.Januar       Film:  Hectors Reise oder Die Suche nach dem Glück 

                                nach dem Buch von Simon Pegg

Am 28.Januar     < Das Fremde>, eine multi-Generationelle schöpferische und unterhaltsame 

                              Bearbeitung desThemas mit den Schülern der West Side German School

                              und Senioren der Deutsch-Kanadischen  Gemeinde 

Sie können unsere Programme auch in der Hauspost oder

unserer Webseite  www.gcch    <News and Events>  <Outreach-Events Calendar>  nachlesen.

Wie immer servieren wir um 14.00 Uhr Kaffee, Tee und Kuchen.

Das jeweilige Programm folgt um 14:30 Uhr.

Gäste sind stets willkommen.

Wir freuen uns über Ihre Spenden, die die Kosten für Kaffee, Kuchen und sonstige Auslagen tragen helfen.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Waltraud Custer
Outreach Coordinator
German-Canadian Benevolent Society of BC
2010 Harrison Drive
Vancouver, BC, V5P 2P6

Media Contact:  Elke Porter

604 828 8788

Vancouver, BC

Press Release

30. Jubiläum von Gesellschaft Deutscher Platz

Es fing alles mit EXPO ’86 & der Deutsch Kanadische Kongress an

VIP's at the Deutscher Platz

Left to Right: Heinz Stuehlmueller, Consul General Josef Beck, Hon. Suzanne Anton (MLA), President Beatrice Schreiber, Karl Schindler, Richard T. Lee (MLA)

Vancouver, 13. Oktober, 2016: Am Sonntag, den 2.Oktober, 2016 wurde das 30-jährige Bestehen des DEUTSCHEN PLATZES an der “29. Avenue Skytrain Station ” in Vancouver gefeiert. Deutschsprechende und ethnische Gruppen kamen zu diesem Jubiläumstag zusammen , sowie Sponsoren und Wirtschaftspartner, die 30 Jahre zur Unterhaltung dieses einmaligen Platzes beigetragen haben.

Bei herrlichem Wetter fuehrte Rolf Baumbusch durch das mit Sorgfalt vorbereite Programm.

img_1696 img_1699 Area behind Deutscher Platz

Grussworte wurde von den Ehrengästen Generalkonsul Josef Beck , BC Ministerin Suzanne Anton (MLA),   Angela Kaiser von der Prospera Credit Union, Jutta Purchase von der Benevolent Society und Pastor Hardo Ermisch von der Sankt Markus Lutheranische Gemeinde gesprochen.

Nachdem die Nationalhymnen von Mitgliedern der MVG Lyra Chor vorgetragen wurden, spielten die Edelweiss Musikanten ihre beliebten Lieder zum Mitsingen.

Anschliessend gab es bei einer feierlichen Reception Vorführungen im Vancouver Alpenclub.

Kinder der “Surrey German Language School , der Concordia Chor und der Lyra Männer Chor trugen zum Entertainment bei.

Painting by Vancouver Artist Joy HanserEin Ölbild der Vancouver Malerin Joy Hanser wurde von Präsidentin Beatrice Schreiber symbolisch an Hon. Grace McCarthy, die leider nicht anwesend sein konnte, ueberreicht.

Von Pastor Hardo Ermisch sind die folgenden “Grusswörter zum 30. Jahrestag der German Canadian Heritage Plaza” geschrieben worden: “Heute ist es Beatrice Schreiber, die sich als Präsidenten der Gesellschaft Deutscher Platz mit Engagement, Liebe und Sorgfalt zusammen mit den anderen Direktoren, der Pflege und des Erhalten dieses Platzes widmet. In den Vergangenheit waren es Eugen und Urusal Neubert, die maßgeblich die Gesellschaft Deutscher Platz geleitet haben…Ihnen und all den anderen freiwilligen Helfern sei gedankt!”

Dieses Jahr ging auch ein besondere Dankeschön an Hugo Eppich mit Epco Metal Finishing, das Deutsche Generalkonsulat aus Vancouver, die Prospera Credit Union, Gebhard Hubuktka und Horst Fuchst vom Lyra Männerchor, sowie an Karl Schindler und die Edelweiss Musikanten, die seit 30 Jahren die Feiern am Platz musikalisch begleitet haben. Einige freiwillige Helfer, die den Platz schon lange hegen und pflegen sind Inge Webb, Ursula und Bernhard Ernsting, Artur Lübkemann, Marlies Schulz, Wolfgang Schittenhelm und Hildegard & Richard Nast.

Das Organisationskomitee besteht aus Beatrice Schreiber von der German Canadian Business Association, Heinz Stuhlmüller von der German Canadian Benevolent Society, Pastor Kristina Breit von der St. Mark’s Evangelische Lutheran Church, Karl Schindler von den Edelweiss Musikanten, Leo Auer von der Prospera Credit Union, Bernhard Ernsting von der Sportgruppe, Eugen Neubert von der Sportgruppe, Inge Webb vom Concordia Choir, Artur Luebkemann dem ehemaligen Präsident von dem Alpenclub und Elke Porter mit Westcoast German News Blog und “Das Schwarze Brett” Magazin.

Beatrice mit Bertram Dierkes-Leifeld

©ElkePorter – Beatrice Schreiber, President of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Platz, along with the cultural advisor of the Consulate General, Mr. Bertram Dierkes-Leifeld


©ElkePorter – Eugen Neubert, original founder & President of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Platz Society, with Beatrice President, current President of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Platz Society 2016

Das gelungene Fest endete mit einem Blumenverkauf, dem die Spenden zum Unterhalt des Platzes zugute kamen. Der Deutsche Platz geniesst auch die Unsterstützung vom “Vancouver Parks Board”, das nach langen Verhandlungen mit der Stadtverwaltung von Vancouver am Ende einen fairen Mietvertrag erstellt hat. Dieser beinhaltet insbesondere die Übernahme vieler Pflichten durch die Behörden und eine Garantie für den Fortbestand. Die Endfassung des Vertrags wurde im September 2002 von beiden Seiten unterzeichnet.

Wie fing alles an? Anlässlich der EXPO 1986 kontaktierte die damalige Ministerin für Transport und Verkehr, GRACE McCARTHY, die verschiedenen ethnischen Gruppen der in Vancouver lebenden Einwanderer. Die Idee war entlang des neu entstehenden Sky-Trains parkähnliche Anlagen zu schaffen, die unter der Patenschaft und in Zusam – menarbeit mit den ethnischen Gruppen gestaltet werden sollten.

In der deutschsprachigen Gemeinde wurde durch den Aufruf des “Deutsch Kanadischen Kongresses” die Arbeitsgruppe “Parkway Comittee” gegründet, die dieses Project mit großer Initiative anging.Durch den Einsatz aller Komittee-Mitglieder insbesondere von Eugen und Ursula Neubert, mit Spenden aus BC. und Deutschland gelangt es, in unerwartet kurzer Zeit Geld aufzubringen, um das Projekt zu verwirklichen. Der Dank gilt vor allem der deutschsprachigen Gemeinde in Vancouver, den Vereinen, Verbänden, Unternehmen, Kirchen, Schulen und Medien, deren Spenden den Deutschen Platz möglich machten.

Klaue & other donors from Vancouver, BCDen erfolgreichen Bauarbeiten wurde die Bepflanzung durch den Gärtner Axel Hoyer in Angriff genommen. Die Firma “EBCO, Gebrüder Eppich” fertigte kostenlos die Tafeln am Platz, die die Spender-Namen tragen. Der Baumstamm, mit dem Namen des Platzes, wurde von Goetz Lange-Michels gestiftet. Das dazu gehörige Eichenlogo schnitzte Herr Hammerl aus Armstrong, der sein Werk ebenfalls als Spende beisteuerte.

Am 29. Juni 1986 fand die große Einweihungsfeier mit namhaften Vertretern des öffentlichen Lebens und ca. 2000 begeisterten Teilnehmern statt. Die deutsche Gemeinde hatte sich ein Andenken geschaffen, das als würdiges Symbol des sichtbaren Beitrages Deutscher und Deutschsprachiger Einwanderer von der Kanadischen Öffentlichkeit positiv aufgenommen wurde.


Celebrate the Polish-German Neighbourship Treaty at the Centennial Theatre

Show time:
Thu, Oct 20, 7:00pm
Admission is free of charge

To receive an invitation for the event
please e-mail vancouver.info@msz.gov.pl

Presented by:
The Polish Consulate of Vancouver
Krystyna Tucka
Pianist Krystyna Tucka

Thursday October 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing the Polish-German “Treaty of Good Neighbourship and Cordial Cooperation” between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Poland, Consul General of the Republic of Poland and Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, invite you to a concert performed by Pianist, Krystyna Tuck

The artist’s repertoire will consist of classics from the great Polish and German classical music composers from Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Szymanowski and Paderewski.

The concert takes place on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue. Admission is free of charge. To receive an invitation for the event, please send an e-mail to vancouver.info@msz.gov.pl

Multiple award winning concert pianist Krystyna Tucka was born and raised in Poland where she obtained her Masters Degree in piano performance. She completed her post-graduate studies at L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot obtaining the Virtuoso Diploma – Le Diplome Superieur d’Execution de Piano. She also has a Diploma from The Vancouver Academy of Music under professor Lee Kum Sing where she currently teaches.

She has performed many concerts and recitals throughout Europe, Africa and North America. Aside from being an accomplished solo pianist, Mrs. Tucka is also an experienced chamber performer. Her performances have been broadcasted in both Europe, America and in Canada on CBC.

German-Polish Treaty Concert

Original Harvest Haus Photo

What Exactly is the Harvest Haus?

An excuse to drink beer. Together with a large crowd of people. At a long table, just like in Munich!

it’s an Oktoberfest style event that “The Social Concierge” brought to the city 2 years ago and has become a staple on the Social Concierge’s
yearly calendar. They would like to offer free tickets for next Sunday’s afternoon sitting at Harvest Haus.

Known as “Der Brunch”, you will be a member of the Stammtisch, provided you can show them your National Community ID or Passport at the Door.

The event takes place from 12pm – 4:30pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theater
Plaza with lots of beer, wine, traditional German food, live music, a DJ
and a lot of fun. The website and video are attached for you to take
a look at.

I have a distinct link where people can register which I could
send to you if you think you might know of some people who would like to
go. Since this complimentary offer is directed for our Germany friends,
people will be asked to come with ID proof or identification on the day of
the event 🙂


2:00-7:00pm | Der Brunch/Duelling Arts – Sunday October 9th

For Deutsch Community Members only

Free Event!

Join us and members of the German community for Der Brunch!
Rounding out our Harvest Haus merriment we would like to invite our German friends to enjoy a pretzel and bier as we conclude our celebration of German culture.
This complimentary ticket is only for members of the German Community. You will be asked to provide National Community ID or Passport at the door.