31 Jul 2018
July 31, 2018

Seeking German Tutor!

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DeutschlandkarteWir suchen eine/n Deutschlehrer/in fuer unsere 10-jaehrige Tochter, deren Deutsch ungefaehr das Niveau einer deutschen Viertklaesslerin hat. Sie sollten paedagische Erfahrung mit Kindern mitbringen sowie Deutsch als Zweitsprache unterrichten koennen. Wir moechten gerne das Deutsch unserer Tochter einmal pro Woche (1 Stunde) vertiefen, sowie schriftlich als auch muendlich.

This was sent in from a reader of “Germans in Vancouver.”

If you let me know you are interested, I can forward your information along.

Saturday, January 20 – 10am

Alliance Française de Vancouver

Register by email: library@alliancefrancaise.ca

For all kids around the ages of 3 and 6 years

Kids are the best! is a sentiment very much backed by science, at least when it comes to language learning. At our new bilingual storytime, we capitalize on this fact and let kids dive right into a well of fun adventures, rhymes, and stories. No matter how you and your kids exact lingual background may look like, our native speakers of French and German will get everyone quickly immersed in the library books we select for each session.

Come and join us for the first session on January 20, 10 a.m. upstairs at our library‘s Kids corner and prepare to take home a new word (or two). A bientôt & bis dann!


Für Kinder im Vorschulalter (von ca. 3- 6 Jahren)

Kinder, Kinder!
Sie können alles – nur wissen sie es noch nicht. Besonders bemerkbar macht sich das im Spracherwerb, bei dem die Devise „früh und viel“ lautet, am besten ganz en passant. In unserer zweisprachigen Vorlesestunde laden wir alle Kinder im Vorschulalter ein, in die Welt der Helden und Heldinnnen, der Abenteuer und Alltagsrätsel einzutauchen, möglich gemacht durch Bücher aus der Bücherei, die von unseren muttersprachlichen Mitarbeitern und Freiwilligen abwechselnd auf Deutsch und auf Französisch vorgetragen werden.

Unser erstes Treffen findet am 20. Januar um 10 Uhr morgens statt, oben in der Kinderbücherei der Alliance Française. See you then, à bientôt!

21 Oct 2016
October 21, 2016

Visit to the BCIT Applied Research Lab

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German Canadian Business Association Learns About Applied Research at their latest monthly meeting.

On a Tuesday evening in October, at 5:30, a group comprised of members & friends of the German Canadian Business Association slowly trickled in to the lobby, where they received parking passes and name tags. They were warmly greeted by staff of BCIT, many of whom were in attendance as unofficial tour guides & consultants. With backgrounds in research, forensics, biomechanics and biotechnology, each and every person – down to the two students from Mexico City and Stuttgart – were interesting to talk to and shared information in their chosen field of specialty freely. At least 4 or 5 of the staff spoke German and one of them, Dr. Tom Roemer, who is relatively new at BCIT, gave the Opening Remarks.
Sign in front of buildingConsul General Josef Beck and Dr. Tom RoemerGCBA Members & FriendsList of Names of Make+

Fluent in four languages, Dr. Roemer holds an MSc (Astrophysics) from the University of Munich and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Simon Fraser University (SFU). His dissertation, entitled “Standing at the Crossroads – Identity and Recognition of the Applied Science Technologist in British Columbia,” was fuelled by his passion for applied research and experiential learning. He is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Education at SFU where he recently developed a Master of Education program for Industrial Trades Instructors.

But first there were some delicious hors d’oeuvres to consume and champagne, generously donated by the German Consulate General of Vancouver, to sample. After official opening speeches,  by German Consul General Josef Beck, among others, everyone was divided into 4 groups and the tours began.

Make+ is a group of multidisciplinary research staff focussed on product and process development, evaluation, applied research projects, and education. The MAKE+ subgroup PART (Product and Process Applied Research Team) is the only academic product development group in Canada registered to ISO 9001 and 13485 Quality Management Systems.

Make+ aims to optimize the functionality, user experience, value and commercial success of products…

Beatrice and student from Stuttgart at CARI

BCIT Applied Research Projects fall into five key themes:

  1.  Sustainability and the Built Environment
  2. Health, Natural Health & Biotechnology
  3. Social Enterprise, Human Capital & Entrepreneurship
  4. Energy, Resources, Manufacturing and Transportation
  5. Information/Communications, Technology & Security

Applied Research provides innovative solutions to the real world challenges of business and industry, helping them to increase their competitive strength and productivity.

The four labs we were able to see on our tour were: (each group had their own)

  1. Four wheelchairs REDLab – Rehabilitation Engineering Design Lab, which offers things like:
    a.  Dynamic Wheeled Mobility research
    b.  Exoskeleton research
    c.  Active Living for people with mobility impairments
    d.  Exercise machines for use by people with mobility impairments
  2. Design Usability & Evaluation Lab
    a.  Mobility Obstacle course
    b.  Home access evaluation
    c.  Adapted Exercise and lab
    d.  Wheelchair Test Lab
  3. grouplisteningcCARI Lab – Centre for applied Research & Innovation
    a.  Advanced Prototyping Hub includes multi-axis CNC machines, 3D Printers, laser cutting machine, precision testing equipment & product evaluation & testing etc.
  4. Soft Shop – integrates unique soft material properties, sensors and electronics in new and innovative ways
  5. Dr. Tong Loui Living Lab/MoCap Lab – equipped with a 3e motion analysis system that allows the team to record and study detailed movements of man or animal including joint angles and ground reaction forces.  This lab also captures physiological parameters, such as body temperature, muscle movement, heart rate, and oxygen uptake.
    a.  Robotic cameras and camcorder
    b.  Two wireless Macs and field recorders
    c.  New digital and storage interface
    d.  MacPro G5 workstation and Final Cut Pro Video Editing Suite
    e.  CoreTemp wireless core temperature monitoring system
    f.  A new icon motion capture system that encompasses high resolution that can capture full body movement down to a light wrist movements up to 500 frames per second
  6. Three science picturesThe Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology that Enables (CREATE)
    a.  Allows people, regardless of ability, to live, work and fully participate in our communities
    b.  Uses devices, technologies, products and policies to improve health, function, access or safety.

Applied research is an equation:

Company or Industry Problem +

Scientific or Technical Study +

Innovation = Applied Research

Finally, Beatrice Schreiber, President of the German Canadian Business Association gave the final remarks and it was time to go home! We received compliments from our members and everyone I spoke to felt they had an amazing time.  My favourite quote of the evening was “If you want a degree, visit UBC, but if you want employment, come to BCIT!”.  My favourite invention, that unfortunately isn’t quite ready for mass production, are the “teeter-totter stairs.  If you look at the picture of the lady standing on the top of the stairs, these actually flip up and down by the push of a button.  You can ride your wheelchair onto the platform, press and whoosh, you fly 4 feet into the air, which would allow you to ride up to the porch or verandah and enter your house from outside.  Challenges still include safety issues (cats/dogs/children can get caught in the mechanism), speed of vertical ascent, weather issues (ice/snow/rain), but it is a cool idea and I hope they can eventually sell this to the public.
Beatrice giving away flowersApply for your full or part-time course here:  http://www.bcit.ca/admission/apply/

If you need to file a patent that will properly protect your idea, invention, or process, contact BCIT Applied Research Liaison Office.

The next event that the German Canadian Business will attend is a Christmas Party at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club at Wednesday, November 30th, 2016.

This event is by Invitation Only!
Please RSVP with Elke Porter ASAP.

Media Contact: Elke Porter
Phone 604 647-0951 (Home)
604 828 8788 (Cell)


P.O Box 74644
Vancouver, BC
V6K 2G4

Press Release

Tour the Applied Research Lab at BCIT

Burnaby, BC, October 18, 2016: Tuesday, October 18th at 5:30 pm, the doors of the BCIT Centre for Research & Innovation will open their doors to allow the press to get to mingle with VIP’s, the staff and members of the German Business Community over some light refreshments, followed by a tour of the Make+ Applied Research Group at 4355 Mathissi Place in Burnaby, BC.

The opening address will be given by the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Josef Beck. The welcome will be given by BCIT’s new VIP Academic Dr. Tom Roemer.

Over the years the MAKE+ initiative has hosted many German and French graduate students who conducted their project work in this unique setting. Everyone is welcome to meet this eclectic group and tour their impressive prototyping facilities, which include state-of-the art-3D printers.

Using a model similar to Germany’s very successful Fraunhofer Institutes, the full-time interdisciplinary team creates synergies between engineers, designers and technicians to solve real word problems and grow the BC economy. Their user-centred design approach has helped clients such as Rostrum Medical Innovations, Claris Healthcare and Purdy’s Chocolates develop innovative products and refine manufacturing processes.

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is a comprehensive applied training and research facility with activities stretching from industrial trades to science, business and engineering. Under the banner of MAKE+, BCIT carries out applied research producing tangible outcomes in the Health and Manufacturing sectors.

The German Canadian Business Association establishes, maintains and conducts a business and professional association for the accommodation, recreation and convenience of the members of the Association and promotes their cultural, business and professional interests. They also further good relations amongst the German-speaking population of Canada and between it and the public at large.


Regards, Elke


We want to hear from you!


©Dietrich Klaue

What is it about? To explore how German-Canadian family memories about WWII and the Holocaust are shared and maintained between generations. Who are we looking for? German-Canadians born between 1950 and 1975 and who have at least one parent or grandparent who moved to Canada from Germany between 1950 and 1975.

What are we doing? You are invited to participate in an in-person interview that will take 1-2 hours and can be conducted at any location within the Greater Vancouver area that is convenient to you.

How can I participate? If you have any questions about the study and/or are interested in participating in this study, please contact Sara Frankenberger at 778-322-6886 or sfranken@sfu.ca

Parliamentary commission on education of the Bavarian Landtag Visits Vancouver May 4th, 2016

Gruppenbild Montreal

Einige Mitglieder des Bildungsausschuss mit Schülern aus Sri Lanka, Vietnam und Saudi Arabien an der École Lucien-Pagé. © Vertretung des Freistaats Bayern in Québec | www.baviere-quebec.org

Bavarian Commission in Quebec

The Parliamentary commission members visited high school École Lucien-Pagé, Montréal, and exchanged with specialists as well as students over topics of inclusion and integration (students recently immigrated from Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia) © Vertretung des Freistaats Bayern in Québec | www.baviere-quebec.org

Vancouver – The Bavarian parliamentary commission on education visited the partner region Quebec from April 30 to May 3 to gain insights into the local education system and policies.  They attended a presentation by the Montreal School Board (CSDM) of the public school system in Quebec, primarily focused on integration of students with learning disabilities or migration backgrounds. Through various meetings & events they learned more about the integration of students with disabilities or English as a Second Language (ESL) or English Language Learners (ELL).

Learn more about their trip to Montreal here:   www.baviere-quebec.org, is the “© Vertretung des Freistaats Bayern in Québec”.

Their North America visit then took them to Vancouver, where they spent one afternoon at the Vancouver Westside German School (VWGS) accompanied by the Consul General Josef Beck, in “Prince of Wales Secondary” (PW), where they heard a presentation about the German School by Principal Christine Spreter, Board President Hart Mauritz and Vice-President Meike Wernicke.  The VWGS is a school with approx 220 students, mixed between DaF (deutsch als Fremdsprache) and DaZ (deutsch als Zweitsprache). The younger students ages 5 to 10 meet at Lord Kitcher Elementary on Tuesdays and the older students 11 to 16 meet at PW on Wednesdays.

Three Principals

Outgoing VWGS Principal Christine Spreter with PW Principal Dave Derpak and Incoming Principal Lidija Bakovic

Both parents and teachers were invited to hear the panel discussions and everyone learned a lot.  One of the guests was Dr. Anne Rimrott, Ph.D., a Vancouver-based linguist and language consultant working in the area of child multilingualism. Another guest was the incoming Principal Lidija Bakovic, who will be the new Principal at the Westside German School as of September.  Axel Rechlin from the Surrey German Language School was also happy to come and take part in the discussion, as he and the Westside German School have worked together on various projects over the years and have a good relationship.

Annett Melhorn and Natalya

Educator Annett Melhorn and student Natalya Porter from the Senior 3 at the Westside German School.

The delegates, were able to spend 15 minutes in a German-school classroom while the students presented a project.  The most popular project was a debate on the question:  “What was more important, Facebook or the Fall of the Berlin Wall?”.  I ended up in a DaF class with an interesting “noise-related project.”  The teacher played 8 different sounds, and then the students had 10 minutes to write a story of at least 7 sentences.  It seemed like a fun way to practice writing German.

The afternoon finished up with a Question & Answer session with PW Principal Dave Derpak. As Prince of Wales has 36% non-English speaking student body, primarily Mandarin or Korean-speaking, the German delegation was interested in learning how the students related to each other under these circumstances.  There was also a lot of discussion on how second language classes are chosen by the Vancouver School Board and it seemed like the answer was by supply and demand.  The only way you can now learn German in High School in Vancouver is by correspondence.  This is why Principal Derpak was happy to host a German School at PW.

Dave Derpak Panel 2016

Translator, Principal Dave Derpak, President of the Board Hart Mauritz, Meike Wernicke, the Vice-President and the Principal of the VWGS Christine Spreter at the Q & A Session.

Finally, the commission finished up in Seattle, where the local circumstances, systems and policies will stand at the focus of discussions.

The parliamentary commission for education is one of the 13 permanent dedicated commissions of the Bavarian Landtag. It seats 18 MdLs in total, 10 of which from the conservative CSU party, 4 from social-democratic SPD, 2 from Freie Wähler (free voters, liberal), and 2 from Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (green party). Their work mainly focuses on the education policies in Bavaria. In recent years, the commission dealt extensively with the recommendations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, whereby inclusive schools should be put into practice for a better integration of all people into society, be they in need of special education support or not.

Just in:

Delta school first to offer International Baccalaureate program


Chemistry at SouthpointeIB-MYP to give students a ‘global perspective’ as interest in the program grows.

Comment provided by the BC Ministry of Education.

Southpointe Academy is poised to become the first school in the Delta district of British Columbia to be a fully authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) World School.

“The IB has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement,” explains Dean Croy, Head of the School. “IB’s philosophy aligns very closely with our own: to provide students with a global perspective and greater understanding of the world through interactive and holistic learning practices, and to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.”

The process to become a IB-MYP World School will take up to two years and involves a number of phases that are challenging, rewarding, and ultimately worthwhile for the school and its community. Southpointe has already begun to implement the program and staff are currently undergoing IB training.

“Children learn beyond the skills; they learn with meaning,” says Cori Kusel, Junior School Vice Principal at Southpointe Academy and IB-MYP teacher whose children are IB students at the school. “The program empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.”

In 2015, following a stringent three-year evaluation process, Southpointe Academy became the only accredited school in Delta and Richmond to become fully authorized as an IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) School.

“We have witnessed truly remarkable results with our Kindergarten to Grade 5 students as a result of the IB-PYP,” says Croy. “Our decision to apply for the IB- MYP for Grades 6 to 10 is a result of student, parent and teacher feedback. They see the difference. MYP is a continuation of PYP.”

Originally developed to provide education for globally mobile families in the diplomatic sector, and for those involved with multinational business and intergovernmental agencies, the program has evolved and now offers a stimulating academic environment more in tune with today’s global societal transformations.

Not only is IB beneficial for students and parents but it offers greater opportunities for teachers as well.

“IB is a community,” adds Kusel. “You not only receive ongoing training to continually update your skill set, but you have support from a global network. As a teacher you learn with other teachers from across the world. It doesn’t change you and your creativity but instead supports, develops and records your skills.”

According to a BC Ministry of Education spokesperson, the IB program encourages students to learn in a variety of ways. “It academically challenges students, with the objective of preparing them for success at university” said the spokesperson on Wednesday.

The IB program is the world’s fastest growing pre-university education program. Between December 2009 and December 2014, the number of IB programs offered worldwide grew by more than 46 percent. Projections for 2020 forecast 10,000 programs worldwide involving 2,500,000 students delivered by 290,000 teachers.

Southpointe Academy will be appointing an experienced MYP coordinator to start in August. Interested candidates should apply to: careers@southpointe.ca


About Southpointe Academy:

Southpointe Academy is an independent, co-educational day school located in Delta, British Columbia, Canada. Its community of 530 students includes students from several countries. Southpointe Academy is a university preparatory school, committed to academic excellence, university preparation, leadership, and service.


About the International Baccalaureate (IB):

Over the past 45 years, the International Baccalaureate (IB) non-profit foundation has established a reputation for its high academic standards, preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century community, and helping to develop future

citizens who will create a better and more peaceful world. Last year Kultusminister Konferenz, the educational governing body in Germany, once again recognised the value of the International Baccalaureate’s (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Germany.