07 Dec 2018
December 7, 2018

Bilingual German Sales Representative

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Bilingual German Sales Represenatives – North Vancouver (right beside the Seabus)

GREAT perks & commission including salary & benefits. We accept working Visas. Our hours are Monday-Friday 7am-1pm or 1pm-7pm. Really looking for long term growth & candidates who enjoy working in sales & want a career. We promote work/life balance and want to help people suceed.

Check out below…

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Contact existing customers and leads by telephone and promote products and services
• Build and work with your own exclusive customer base
• Solicit orders for goods and services over the telephone
• Explain product and services to leads and existing clientele
• Deliver scripted sales pitch to the customer
• Adjust scripted sales pitch to meet the needs of specific individuals
• Upsell and cross sell existing customers into different products
• Provide pricing details
• Handle customer questions
• Ensure customers are directed to Trillonario Customer Service
• Obtain customer information (ie change in name, email, phone, address etc) and input updated information into computer
• Record customer details including reaction to the product or service offered
• Receive online orders over the phone
• Input order details into the computer system accurately

Education and Experience:
• Knowledge of sales and marketing principles and strategies
• Relevant work experience in sales, marketing, promotions or telemarketing
• Proficiency in relevant computer applications
• Product knowledge

Key Competencies
• Communication skills
• Information gathering and management
• Organizational skills
• Persuasiveness
• Adaptability
• Initiative
• Self-motivated
• Team player
• Trustworthy
• English and German both oral and written

Send your resume to melissa@can-call.ca or call 604-770-2188 and ask for Melissa if you are intersted!

University of the Fraser Valley

 

 About UFV 

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is nationally recognized for its emphasis on teaching excellence, experiential and applied education, community engagement, and Indigenization. UFV is the school of choice for over 15,000 students. With six campuses and centres, UFV offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, and professional studies, as well as trades and technology education, university preparation, and continuing education. 

At UFV, we are dedicated to changing lives and building community. Our educational goals are to prioritize learning everywhere; be flexible and responsive; collaborate across boundaries; develop local and global citizenship; and integrate experiential learning. A British Columbia “Top Employer”, we are committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive and dynamic learning and working environment that is fair and respectful of everyone. Our culturally diverse employee and student populations reflect the local, national, international and Indigenous communities we serve. If you see yourself as a lifelong member of a community that values and nurtures innovation and creativity, cultivates leadership and citizenship, and where success builds on success, you belong at UFV. 

Posting Details 

The discipline of German within the Modern Languages Institute (MOLA) at UFV is seeking a qualified instructor to teach one section of German in Winter 2019 and potentially one section of German in Fall 2019. The successful candidate may also be invited to teach the German language seminars. 

Qualifications 

• Native fluency in German and in English 

• A Master’s degree in German (or closely-related subject) 

• A proven record of teaching full courses in German at the post-secondary level; 

• Experience in multimedia and information technology will be considered an asset 

• Willingness to help with extracurricular activities, support program development and work collaboratively in discussing and revising teaching methods and materials. 

How to Apply 

Interested candidates should submit an electronic: curriculum vitae; a one-page statement of teaching philosophy; copies of teaching evaluations from the most recent year of teaching, if available; and names of three references. Applications, citing Posting 2018.196, should be sent to: 

Human Resources University of the Fraser Valley 33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Tel: (604) 854-4554 Fax: (604) 854-1538
Website:  www.ufv.ca and E-mail applications to hrinfo@ufv.ca

University of Fraser Valley

27 Nov 2018
November 27, 2018

Luge World Cup in Whistler this Weekend!

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Luge World CupThis weekend, the Luge World Cup will come to the Whistler Sliding Centre, with races on Friday (night) and Saturday (daytime). There’s also food trucks, beer & Glühwein/mulled wine stand, a DJ and fireworks (Friday Night) and much more!

The German athletes are among the most successful lugers – at last week’s World Cup in Innsbruck, they achieved five podium finishes!

The Whistler Sliding Centre and the event organizer are not-for-profit organizations, and all ticket money ($10/person/day) goes towards building future luge athletes!

We’d love to see lots of Germans (and of course others!) up here, bring flags & cowbells 🙂

Here is a link you can share which has all event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/483798678767283/

Besten Dank, und viele Grüße aus Whistler!

Race Information

German Athletes arrived today!

Tatjana Huefner on the very left, she’s won the Olympic gold in Whistler in 2010!

The fastest athletes on ice will slide into Whistler, November 30 – December 1, 2018 for the Viessmann Luge World Cup and Viessmann Team Relay World Cup presented by BMW.

The Whistler Sliding Centre will play host to the second stop on the World Cup luge circuit as more than 100 athletes representing more than 20 countries will blast down the Olympic Track at speeds up to 130 km/h in men and women singles, doubles and team relay races.

Come Cheer on Canada! And Germany! And Switzerland! And Austria!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Doubles
2:00 pm First Run
3:20 pm Second Run

Men
4:40 pm First Run
6:15 pm Second Run

Awards

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Women
9:40 am First Run
11:05 am Second Run

Viessmann Team Relay World Cup presented by BMW
1:00 pm Team Relay

Awards

Other activities include:  Food Trucks, Beer Stand, DJ Foxy Moron, Fireworks (Friday night), Cheese!Box Photo Booth, Mountain Fairies, BC Luge Fundraising Puck Drop

Luge Track at Whistler Sliding Centre – 4910 Glacier Lane

***Access the Whistler Sliding Centre via the Excalibur Gondola – mid-station***

Tickets

Friday, November 30 – $10 (13 years+), Free (12 & Under)

Saturday, December 1 – $10 (13 years+), Free (12 & Under)

Tickets are available in advance on the Whistler Sliding Centre web site.  Tickets will also be available at the gate.

Travel & Lodging

Car Rentals:

Enterprise Rent A Car | Booking Code – 5CALUGE

​Driving Force | Booking Code – LUGE2018

Accommodation:

Need help with accommodation?

The Whistler.com Group Sales team are on stand-by to assist you in securing team accommodation and transfers at the very best rates. For a personalized and comprehensive proposal, call the team today on 1.604.966.3215 or send an email to groups@whistler.com.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler – Friends and Family Rate
Click the link above to make your reservation or call the In House Reservations Department at 1-800-606-8244 to make your reservation – quote Luge Canada Friends & Family group code 1118LUGE in order to receive the group rates.

Volunteer

The Race Organizing Committee is seeking volunteers to fill various positions on November 30 and December 1, 2018

  • VIP Host / Check-In
  • Access Control
  • Award Ceremonies
  • Spectator Services

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Katelyn Jobson, kjopson@whistlersportlegacies.com

Officials are also being recruited for all positions for training and race days (November 28 – December 1, 2018).  Please contact Zan Aycock at zaycock@shaw.ca for more information.

Results

Results at:
www.fil-luge.org

www.luge.ca/en/news/senior/

A live stream of the competition can be found at www.cbc.ca.

Contact Us

Luge Canada
250, 149 Canada Olympic Road SW
Calgary, AB T3B 6B7
Canada

events@luge.

Bittersweet News

German Canadian Benefit Concert

Did you know that the German Canadian Care Home GCCH) is organizing their final benefit concert at the Vancouver Alpen Club on Sunday, November 25th, 2018 at 2 pm.  Additional donations are also welcome!  The Alpen Club is located at 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC in East Vancouver. The doors open at 1:30 pm and the Edelweiss Musikanten will be there to greet you.  This is the #39th Benefit Concert held since 1979! See poster below!

German Canadian Business Association Christmas Gala

This date may seem familiar, as it is also the day that the German Canadian Business Association is hosting their Christmas Gala at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club at 5:30 pm. Some people are going to both events.

Vancouver International Film Festival 2018

If you don’t mind coming late to the Christmas Gala, and you don’t want to miss out, you can attend the 5:20 pm movie showing of the German/French movie “Transit” is playing at the:

Vancouver International Film Centre
1181 Seymour Street 604.683.3456
Discover more at viff.org

Plot:

Trust the director of Phoenix and Barbara to re-imagine a WWII romantic intrigue into something unsettlingly contemporary and resonant. With occupying forces closing in, a German refugee (Franz Rogowski) assumes a dead writer’s identity and flees to Marseille in hopes of sailing to safety. However, entanglements with the writer’s widow (Paula Beer) and a young boy disrupt his plans. Drawing equally from Casablanca and current affairs, Transit is a fascinating, enigmatic, utterly captivating movie.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6675244/

Final Benefit Concert Poster

 Vancouver Bach Choir brings Handel’s Messiah to Surrey 

New partnerships with the Surrey City Orchestra and fantastic local soloists mark this holiday event. 

Vancouver, BC, 2018: 

Bach ChoirEvery December for nearly 90 years, the Vancouver Bach Choir has taken to the stage to perform one of the world’s most famous choral masterpieces, Handel’s Messiah. This December is no exception, as the choir brings its celebrated production to the Bell Performing Arts Centre for the first time on Saturday, December 8th at 7:30pm. Under the baton of Music Director Leslie Dala, an ensemble of celebrated local soloists and the newly founded Surrey City Orchestra join the choir to bring to life this time honoured and celebrated musical masterpiece – capped off by the iconic Hallelujah chorus. 

“In the lengthy history of the Vancouver Bach Choir, no single work has been more performed – or more well-loved – than Handel’s Messiah,” says Leslie Dala, Music Director of the choir. “This masterpiece is the very embodiment of holiday spirit; sharing the story of Christ’s life and death through joyful, profound music that transcends time and faith – touching the hearts of all who hear it.” 

Since its debut in 1742, Handel’s Messiah has been a resounding success, popular all over the world in celebration of both the Christmas and Easter holidays. It is said that Handel composed the entire work in a three week frenzy, upon which he remarked, “I did think I did see all Heaven before me and the great God Himself.” Whatever his inspiration, the work has stood the test of the time and contains some of the most memorable moments in music, including the famous Hallelujah chorus. 

The evening will feature four local soloists that demonstrate the incredible depth of talent present in the lower Mainland. Soloists like Vancouver based Tyler Simpson who sang for seven seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, or local favourite, counter-tenor Shane Hanson, fresh off winning the local Metropolitan Council Auditions for the second year in a row. These soloists will share the stage with the Surrey City Orchestra; a new organization that aims to build a professional orchestra comprised of Surrey area musicians, including members of the Borealis String Quartet. 

Tickets begin at just $18 for this holiday concert and can be found by visiting the Bach Choir website at vancouverbachchoir.com or contact the Bell Centre office directly. 

About the Vancouver Bach Choir: The Vancouver Bach Choir (VBC), celebrating its 88th season, is an award-winning symphonic choir committed to offering vibrant and culturally diverse choral experiences to its audiences. 

As one of the largest choral organizations in Canada, the Vancouver Bach Choir explores a wide range of repertoire from the past to the present with passion and commitment. With eight choirs ranging in age from 5 to 80, the VBC continues to pursue choral excellence at all levels and presents numerous concerts each year through the metro Vancouver region. 

Over the past eight decades, the choir has performed with numerous world-class musicians. Currently under the baton of Maestro Leslie Dala, the VBC continues its mission and tradition to share the beauty of new and traditional choral music with as wide an audience as possible. 

Listing Information: 

Vancouver Bach Choir presents Handel’s Messiah 

Conductor: Leslie Dala 

Featuring: Vancouver Bach Choir and Surrey City Orchestra 

  • Soprano: Elaina Moreau (Surrey BC) 
  • Counter Tenor: Shane Hanson (Chilliwack BC) 
  • Tenor: Martin Renner Wallace (Delta BC) 
  • Bass Baritone: Tyler Simpson (Vancouver BC) 

Date: Saturday, December 8th, 2018 | 7:30pm 

Ticket Prices: Tickets start at $18 

Address: Bell Performing Arts Centre 

6250 144 St, Surrey, BC V3X 1A2 

Box Office: purchase tickets online at vancouverbachchoir.com, by phone at (604) 507-6355 or in person at the Bell Centre Box Office, 6250 144 St. Surrey BC. 

13 Nov 2018
November 13, 2018

Das Schwarze Brett #9

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Das Schwarze Brett - Edition 9

By Elke Porter in Das Schwarze Brett

24 pages, published 11/9/2018

Das Schwarze Brett Magazine is a combination of current events, as well as the history of Germans in Vancouver. Edition #9 is everything Christmas within the German Community in BC. This issue was sponsored by the German Canadian Heritage Plaza.

So happy that I was able to produce this Christmas Edition of “Das Schwarze Brett”, a German Canadian Magazine published in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with the help of volunteer writers or photographers and anyone needing publicity.

Here is the table of contents of this edition:

REGULAR ITEMS
Page 3 – Letters from the Editor
Page 20 -Magazine Sponsor – German
Canadian Heritage Plaza
Page 24 – Contact Information
FEATURES
Page 5 – German Christmas Tree Legends
Page 6 – Bessarabian Christmas Baking
Page 7 – Christmas with with the GCBA
Page 8 – 2018 Vancouver Christmas Market
Page 9 – A new German Consul General
Page 10 – Swiss News Updates
Page 11 – Who is St. Nikolaus?
Page 12 – TransMountain Not the Answer
Page 13 – Germans Love the Cariboo
Page 14 – CETA Agreement
Page 16 – Vernon Internment Camps
Page 18 – Thank you to my Sponsors
Page 21 – Christmas Concerts
Page 22 – Deutscher Platz Story
Page 23 – New Plaque for GCHP
ADVERTISERS
Page 5 – Leicht Kitchens Germanhaus
Page 7 – GCBA Christmas Gala
Page 8 – Vancouver Christmas Market
Page 11 – Vancouver Chamber Choir
presents a Joyful Christmas
Page 15 – PMA Canada

Here are my advertisers and supporters! Just click on the ad to be taken to the web page of the company!

Black Tower Riesling Ad
Germanhaus - Leicht Kitchens
Vancouver Christmas Market
Vancouver Chamber Choir

 For Immediate Release

Conservation Photographer Dawna Mueller presents her first Canadian Exhibition:

Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes

Dawna Mueller PhotographerVancouver, BC – Dawna Mueller, a Canadian living in Switzerland, and a passionate advocate for the planet, is excited to announce her first Canadian Photo Exhibition to be held in Vancouver, BC. In addition to sharing her stunning large scale black and white photos of glaciers, mountains and icebergs, Dawna brings awareness to the devastating effects of climate change on the fragile ecosystems in remotest polar and alpine regions of the world. In her Exhibition, Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes, are a culmination of photos from Dawna’s expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctic and the Swiss Alpine regions and it opens with a Vernissage on Friday, October 12, 2018, at 5 pm at Back Gallery Project in Vancouver before moving to Switzerland and Austria.

In her Dawna Mueller Photography Facebook Page announcing this event, Dawna writes, “I have been traveling to the Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine regions for a few years now and have been photographically documenting what I see in the changing landscapes as a result of climate change and global warming. I see glaciers in full retreat or completely gone like when I was in Greenland last week. I have watched polar bears swimming for hours looking for ice. As well, I experienced record high temperatures when it should have been below zero. The planet is in peril and the weather patterns are causing havoc in all areas of the world, no one is immune from the destruction and devastation. I want to show the beauty of what I see in these fragile ecosystems because collectively we can work together to save this planet, it is the only home we have.”

As a young adult Dawna spent every summer for over a decade in the Yukon which is wild, raw and amazing for the visual senses. This experience in the pristine nature left an indelible impression in her mind – one of mountains, valleys and rivers relatively uninhabited except for the wild animals who roamed them. But mostly this left an imprint in her heart and it is where she now feels most at home; in the mountains and in nature.

In her photo exhibition, Dawna will be showing photos from the Swiss Alpine and polar regions, where the landscapes as we know them are vanishing. She realizes that not everyone has an opportunity to travel to these remote regions of the world, so she hopes that through her photos, the beauty of what the world is at the risk of loosing can be poignantly conveyed.

Dawna truly believes that everything we do in life prepares us to live a life filled with purpose. Everything in her past has contributed to the person she is today; from her legal studies at Allard Hall Law School to her running heavy equipment in Yukon gold mines to pay for years of University. Dawna truly believes that we are all on this planet to live a purposeful and meaningful life, and that is clearly what she is doing. In addition to her photography exhibitions, Dawna speaks to schools, business and groups and was recently trained as a Climate Reality Leader by Al Gore in Los Angeles as part of his Foundation The Climate Reality Project.

She is also a co-founder of a Swiss non profit Society called The Future Planet Forum whose mandate is to bring together science, art and best practice to inform, discuss and provide solutions towards a sustainable future for the planet. Future Planet Forum will be holding its first event in January, 2019 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

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Contact Information:

Dawna Mueller: E-mail: dawna@dawnamueller.com | Website: http://www.dawnamueller.com/

Monica Reyes: E-mail: info@backgalleryproject.com | Website: http://www.backgalleryproject.com/ 

Back Gallery Project: Address: 602 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC | Phone Number: 1.604.336.7633

Elke Porter, PR: E-Mail: admin@westcoastgermannews.com | Phone Number: 1 604.828.8788

Further Information

High Resolution Pictures available here:  http://www.dawnamueller.com/antrop

Short description of show:  I am thrilled to announce my first Canadian Exhibiton ‘Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes’ in my hometown of Vancouver, BC, opening with a Vernissage on October 12, 2018. I hope you will join me as I share stories and show photos of my expeditions in the remotest regions of the planet; from the Arctic and Antarctic to the Swiss Alpine regions, I will be showing the incredible beauty and diversity that I am so privileged to see in these fragile ecosystems.

http://www.dawnamueller.com/new-events/2018/10/12/new-show-anthropocene-vanishing-landscapes


Exhibitions

January 2019 – Group Exhibition, ‘Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes’, Photo19, Zurich

Winter 2019 – Solo Exhibition. ‘Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes’, Gallery La Suosta,Madulaine, Switzerland

Fall 2018 – Solo Exhibition. ‘Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes’, Back Gallery Project, Vancouver, BC, Canada

June 2018 – Duo Show with Hitsch Rogantini. Königs, St. Galen, Switzerland

January 2019 – Group Exhibition, Summits II, Photo18, Zurich, Switzerland

Jan 2017 – Solo Exhibition, Into the Light, Dorta, Zuoz, Switzerland

January 2017 to March 2018  –  Solo Exhibition, Summits, Stile Vivo Gallery, Männedorf, Switzerland

June 2016 – Portfolio Exhibition. Cap Fotoschule

Awards

1st place – ‘Timeless Travel’, Spot Magazine, Switzerland

Candidate Elke PorterDid you know that there is a Civic Election coming up in October?

Vancouver will be electing a new mayor and:

I have decided to run in this election as a Vancouver City Councillor.

My campaign slogan is “Clean, green, with an accessible scene.”

My new website is www.elkeporter.com

I am hoping to tackle affordable housing, like everyone else, but my ideas are to use creative space ideas, such as modular housing, laneway housing, tiny housing, wood houses, shipping crate homes, wood pallet homes, hemp concrete homes, co-op housing, prefabricated housing or micro homes like those found in Japan.

Solving housing & homelessness challenges around the world:

How about this idea from Hawaii:  Kahauiki Village is a proposed community of approximately 153 one and two bedroom homes to be built on 11.3 acres of land located between Nimitz Highway, Keehi Lagoon Park and Sand Island. Kahauiki Village will provide long term, permanent, affordable housing for approximately 153 currently homeless families with children on Oahu. When completed, Kahauiki Village is expected to house over 600 adults and children.

Or flex-housing:  housing that could be easily adapted to meet the present and future needs of the occupants. Adaptability will become increasingly important as our population ages. As lifestyle changes, and as we witness an increase in home-based activities and new technologies.”

Solving homelessness:  (various countries, such as Finland tried this). The optimal solution, a group of four experts appointed by the Ministry of the Environment in Finland found, was Housing First. “Solving social and health problems is not a prerequisite for arranging housing,” they observed. “Instead, housing is a prerequisite that will also enable solving a homeless person’s other problems.” One of those goals was to cut the number of long-term homeless in half by producing 1,250 new homes, including supported housing units for tenants with their own leases, and around-the-clock presence of trained caring staff for residents who needed help.

Germany solves homelessness in Munich:  Munich, Germany’s third largest city, with a population of 1.3 million, conditions are comparatively good; public support, partly in co-operation with charities, helps to alleviate the plight of the homeless. Among the numerous general facilities for the homeless are centres and overnight accommodation specifically for women (with or without children); residential establishments for ex-prisoners and those in danger of committing offenses; live-in communities with supervision; rehabilitation centres; tea houses; advisory centres; short-term sleeping accommodation and employment offers; therapy centres for addicts etc.

Helping homeless in Korea:  The Korean Homeless Team is managed by the street paper Big Issue South Korea, a social enterprise that is part of international street paper network The Big Issue. One of the enterprise’s permanent activities is street football, titled The Homeless Healthy Football League. Its impact is two-fold. It encourages homeless people to regularly exercise and therefore lead a healthy lifestyle. It also raises awareness about homelessness and shows people in Korea that homeless people can play football, and consequently work and live just like any ordinary person.

Allowing homeless to shower daily:  Project WeHOPE, a homeless non-profit in San Mateo, California, is crowdfunding a new type of facility for its clients: a customized trailer that comes with showers, a washer/dryer, and bathrooms. The trailer has an accessible ramp, a small hydraulic lift for wheelchairs, and its own tank for grey water collection. Once it’s built, WeHOPE plans to take the trailer to encampments in the San Mateo area, including in Half Moon Bay where many homeless migrant workers live on the beach.

Ceramic Flowers

Ceramic Flowers

When Anja Kleimann started doing pottery in the garage of her neighbour in the Black Forest, Germany, she didn’t realize that her hobby was about to become her career. When she moved to Paraguay, she not only did pottery, but was also able to use a kiln, which was another challenge she enjoyed mastering.

Finally, the emigrated to Barnhartvale, Kamloops and that is where her business took off after getting her own studio. Now she creates and sells hand-crafted works of art, both online and in her store and offers seasonal workshops for both newbies and experts. She also sells her creations at local craft fairs, in summer, fall & winter.

You can swing by at her studio in Barnhartvale, Kamloops, located at 5454 Ronde Lane and have a look at her work. You can find products that can be shipped you find in her Etsy-Store and in her Online-Shop.

 

Ceramic Chickens

Ceramic Lanterns

Ceramic Lanterns


Westcoast German News is a blog that happily provides information on German artists, business owners and more. Contact Elke Porter at 604 828 8788, or respond to this blog post with a comment indicating your interest in being interviewed.

I, Elke Porter, now have a patreon page, where patrons of the media arts can support my efforts to set up German Canadian Media Channels in western Canada. As a Russian lady once told me “Russian Community in Vancouver small – 3 papers. German Community big and no papers.”

That was the inspiration that caused me to start with a 4-page newsletter known as “German Voices Vancouver.”  This morphed into a newsletter called “Westcoast German News”, which morphed into a blog and has now inspired a magazine “Das Schwarze Brett.”  Next up is a weekly YouTube Show called “West Coast Germans”. But in order to get this off the ground I would need your help!

If you want to support me  and my creative efforts, with anything from  only $2 a month pledge, or up to $100+ a month, you would be earning my gratitude, my admiration & respect and eventually, my help in marketing you or your business. Click on the picture below to visit my page and follow me today! https://www.patreon.com/westcoastgermannews

patreon into page

What is my mission?

To inform, entertain and educate anyone living in western Canada on topics relating to local German, Swiss & Austrian people, places or things. My goal is to share information and build community and highlight the contribution of Germans in BC & Alberta.

From the days abode, media has remained an integral part of human civilization.

What will I do with the money?

Besides paying for rent, food & transportation, I will also be using the money to expand what I can offer. Blogging will be done more frequently, my magazine will then be published monthly and my YouTube Channel will be launched. Exciting times – all with your help!

You have not lived today, until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. Paul Bunyan.

What other services do you offer?

Besides creating German Media, I also have done WordPress Websites, written short books, translated texts from German to English, taught German, created ads, promoted & planned events, did the voiceover on a few videos on YouTube & worked in areas of public relations.

I create, I take risks. I live my passion.
I am an entrepreneur… as seen in yfs magazine

Elke says Thank You!

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.

Are you interested in having your high school age child attend a German Conversation Class?

A conversation class encourages the children to spend as much time as possible speaking or listening to German – through reading of books, plays, poetry and analyzing songs.  There might be some dialogues, theatre, partner work and using digital media to pass a message along.  Students will be learning fairy tales, traditional literature & poetry, as well as modern, up-to-date songs that will give them an insight into German culture.  There will also be a session on travel vocabulary – trains, planes & automobiles.

Let me know if something like this would interest your child/ren.  Maximum 16 children per class. Prerequisites are a minimum of one year German lessons and the basics – Alphabet, counting to 100, colours etc.

Regards, Elke

604 828 8788

Even though September is not yet here, you can already sign up to a German School.  As far as I can tell, there are 4 schools:

a.  Westside Vancouver German School:

We offer a widely recognized high quality K-12 German after-school language program. Ideally students join our program at the age of 5 or 6 and progress on to high school.

http://www.vwgs.org – takes place Tuesdays from 4 pm to 6:15 for children from 5/6 to 10 (high school graduation) or Wednesdays from around 10 to 18 at the Prince of Wales Secondary School.

b.  North Shore German School:

Founded in 1974, the German School North Shore has a rich tradition in providing German language classes to school-aged students from North Vancouver, West Vancouver and the Lower Mainland as far reaching as Port Moody. Our Kindergarten to Grade 12 programs, which follow the prescribed curriculum for German heritage schools, are taught by professional German-speaking teachers.

http://www.germanschoolns.ca – takes place on Thursdays from 4:15 to 6:15 for Kindergarten to Grade 12

c.  Surrey German Language School:

Die Deutsche Sprachschule Surrey bietet am Samstag morgen international anerkannten Sprachunterricht für Kinder von der Vorschule bis zur 12. Klasse und für Erwachsene an.

The Surrey German Language School offers internationally recognized Saturday morning language classes for children from Pre-School to Grade 12 and for adults.

http://surreygermanschool.com – takes place on Saturdays from 9 am to noon for children from 3+ to Adult level

d.  Deutsche Kindergruppe – for those who are too young for German School – ages 0 to 5 years old

Meetings will resume on the 9th of September

Come with your children (0-5yrs) every Monday between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm to sing songs, play, make crafts and speak German.

Wir sind eine offene Spielgruppe für Kinder von 0-5 Jahren und treffen uns Montags (ausser in den Ferien und an Feiertagen) zwischen 09:30-12:00.
Kommt doch mal vorbei und singt, spielt, bastelt und plaudert mit uns.

Contact: Kecia Boecking, Tel: 604-988-1356

https://sites.google.com/site/deutschekindergruppe/home

If you know of any other schools/classes or pictures you would like to see in the Westcoast German News Blog, please let me know!

Presented by the Vancouver Foreign Film Society

Wednesday, July 11th, 7:45 pm – Vancouver (Canada)

                             at the

Vancity Theatre –  Vancouver International Film Centre

1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3M7, Canada

https://www.viff.org/

Q&A with Tanja Cummings (director & producer) with moderator Richard Menkis, Associate Professor of modern Jewish history at the University of British Columbia.

Film description
AnzeigeLINE 41 documents a Holocaust and Lodz Ghetto survivor’s return back to today’s Lodz (Poland). Until now, Natan Grossmann had repressed his desire to learn about the fate of his brother he lost contact with in 1942. 70 years later, Grossmann starts a search for his missing brother. His search crosses paths with Jens-Jurgen Ventzki, son of the former Nazi Head Mayor of Lodz. Ventzki is pursuing his family’s dark secret. In tracing their family histories, they inevitably confront each other.

“A poetic evocation of the process of memory and the
persistence of a nightmare that must never be forgotten.”
–Peter Keough, Boston Globe

Country of Origin: Germany

Year: 2016

Running Time: 91 mins

Languages: German & Polish with English subtitles

Line 41 on Facebookwww.facebook.com/linie41/

European trailerhttps://vimeo.com/150425215

Northamerican trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHMANHMxQYc

Venue website: https://viff.org/line-41-filmmaker-discussion

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/607665306024280/

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“Line 41“ available in the USA and Canada

Please contactFilmmovementfor sceening requests in the USA and Canada ———–>https://www.filmmovement.com/line41

“Line 41” is available on DVD & Digital (North American version): https://www.amazon.com/Line-41-Tanja-Cummings/dp/B078FHJJYC

All best from Berlin and many thanks,

Tanja Cummings
EVA e. V. –Europäischer Verein für Ost|West-Annäherung –

European Association for East|West Rapprochement
Wartenburgstr. 3, 10963 Berlin, Germany
phone: +49-(0)30-55515114
mobile:+49-(0)176-20021098
www.eva-verein.de
www.linie41-film.net

cummings@eva-verein.de

LINIE 41 entstand ohne Filmförderung, war keine Auftragsproduktion eines Fernsehsenders. Wir realisierten unseren Film auf eigene Kosten und arbeitetete das Kernteam unentgeltlich. In kritischen Phasen erhielten wir Unterstützung von Stiftungen aus Deutschland, Polen und der Schweiz und half uns über die Jahre immer wieder großzügig ein Berliner Techniksponsor.

Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany – Innovative Water Technologies for Smart Cities

Cleantech Event 2018

GTAI Investment Promotion Event – Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany

Germany Trade & Invest and its partners cordially invite the German Canadian Business Association, as well as members of the public, to a breakfast seminar on “Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany – Innovative Water Technologies for Smart Cities”. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, June 27, from 09:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Waterview.

Experts from Canada and Germany will share their knowledge and expertise about the region’s thriving Cleantech sector underlining its international significance. If you want to learn more about how Canadian companies can profit from Europe’s strongest economy, don’t miss out. Please note that this is an industry event.

Begin: 09:00 AM
06/27/2018
End:12:30 PM
Location:Waterview, 1661 Granville St, 2nd floor, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N3

Programm DetailsPlease join us to find out more about business opportunities in Germany’s – and particularly Eastern Germany’s – thriving water technologies and cleantech industry. A comprehensive market overview will be complemented by insights into a Canadian company’s experience of investing in Germany. Moreover, this event will facilitate a knowledge exchange between experts from Canada and Germany.

Pioneering environmental policy and a supportive legal framework have helped establish Germany as one of the leading markets for sustainable water technologies. With a world market share of 11 percent and an expected annual growth of almost 12 percent until 2025, Germany offers attractive opportunities for innovative water technologies

Learn more at this link:  CleantechClusterOpportunities.html

Here are my selections: (photos below)

  1. Vancouver Alpen Club – 4875 Victoria Drive (all games) – Original German Haus
  2. Manchester Pub – 1941 W Broadway (all games) – The Official German House
  3. Blenheim Pub – 3293 West 4th Avenue (Saturday, June 23, 2018) (Brand new location)
  4. The Pint Vancouver – 455 Abbott Street (mainly Germany, Brazil & Mexico) – has two floors
  5. Red Card Sports Bar – 560 Smithe Street (all games) – German Language Meetup Group uses this venue

Germany in the FIFA World Cup

Group F with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea

Matchday 1 – Sunday, June 17, 2018 8 am – Mexico

Matchday 2 – Saturday, June 23, 2018 11 am – Sweden

Matchday 3 – Wednesday, June 27, 2018 7 am – South Korea

What About the Swiss?

Group E with Brazil, Serbia & Costa Rica

Matchday 1 – Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 11 am – Brazil

Matchday 2 – Friday, June 22, 2018 at 11 am – Serbia

Matchday 3 – Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 11 am – Costa Rica

Other Places Around Vancouver

The American, 926 Main Street (Fr+Sa from 8 am, So-Th from 10 am)
Phat Sports Lounge Yaletown, 1055 Mainland Street (starting 8 am)
 secondflooreaterybar 808 Bute Street (1st/2nd game, maybe 3rd)
Cinema Public House, 901 Granville Street (1st, otherwise from 11 am)
Colony Bar, 3255 W Broadway (from 11 am, knockout round from 7 am)
Kamei Baru, 990 Smithe Street (from 11 am)
 The Charles Bar, 136 W Cordova Street (from 11 am)
 One Under, 476 Granville Street (from 11 am)
BC Kitchen, 39 Smithe Street (from 11 am, earlier if there’s an audience)
 Shark Club, 180 W Georgia Street (from 11 am)
 Timber – 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver

The Blenheim Pub + German flag

Soccer + Alpen Club

Vancouver Alpen Club

Manchester Pub

The Manchester Pub

The Pint downtown

The Pint

Order your print copy today!

Das Schwarze Brett - #7

By Elke Porter in Das Schwarze Brett

24 pages, published 5/31/2018

Das Schwarze Brett contains articles like the Midsummer Night’s Dream, Josias Tschanz, the German Canadian Business Association, the Surrey German School, the Vancouver Westside German School, new manage of the Alpen Club

We are also excited to introduce our advertisers, who will now have their ads posted on the advertising page of Westcoast German News.

Several months ago, Eric Spoeth from Edmonton contacted me to let me know that he had written and filmed a movie and would be showing it in Vancouver on April 8th, 2018. I agreed to promote the film in my “Das Schwarze Brett” magazine and on this blog. We even traded ad space. He received a half-page ad and I was able to see my 30-second advertising spot on the big screen.

Here is a picture of film director Erich Spoeth, with one of the “stars” of the show. His mother, Erika, was the youngest of 4 children, born towards the end of the war. She had two older sisters (Alwine & Altertine aka Tina) and one brother (Wiegand). This movie was the story of them being forced to flee the USSR in 1944 and end up staying in a house in a small village along the way. That is the last time the children saw their father alive. Baby Erika was only 1 year old.

Here are two of the young people waiting out front in the line up and the three teenagers sitting together in the theatre.  One of these girls was born in Germany, one was born in Vancouver to a German father and one was born to a German mother. Each of them had a reason to attend this film.  To learn about their heritage.  To learn historical facts from a German-citizen-born-outside Germany perspective (Volksdeutsche) and to be a part of the German Community here in Vancouver.

After the event in the lobby

Here is one of the young ladies raising her hand to ask a question in the Q & A season after the film was over.  The questions were typical ones you might expect:  How did you end up in Canada?  What made you decide to make the film? Where was the story filmed?

The main thing when talking it over with some of the youngest audience members was hearing how this story was all new to them. Only one out of 3 had heard a little bit about this turbulent time in history, when Germans living in the USSR and other territories were caught up in the violence of war and forced to leave their homes, sometimes in the dead of winter, forever.

The girl who knew about Russian Germans had an  Oma (grandmother) who came from Bessarabia, a place where Germans had been invited to live by Katarina the Great and had built prosperous farms and villages over 150 years. World War II changed everything. First, they had been forced to leave their homes in 1941, and had been relocated to West Prussia.  Then, they had been overrun by Soviets and again, where forced to leave a place they had just gotten used to. But at least, the Bessarabians had been relocated as one group and had even arranged to stay in the same relocation camps as one united group during the war.

Unlike having woman and children, as well as entire families, separated as men were either fighting in the war, working for the war effort or supporting their families with long-distance work.  The women, the children, the elderly were the ones who made the escapes in the big so-called “Trek”.  That is what happened to the Zernickel family.  Just as the father left, the mother and her four young children were forced to leave.  Helene tried everything she could to stall, to wait, so that Waldemar could catch up with her, but alas.

Waiting for Waldemar never does come up with an answer to the question:  Where is Waldemar?   Instead, he has been missing since 1944. Nobody ever found out where he went or what happened to him.  There is nothing they would like better than to see him one more time.  Talk to him one more time.  Spend some time with him, listening to his music, his piano, his singing…  If Waldemar Zernickel was alive today, he would be 105 years old, but that wouldn’t matter. The movie did its part by pulling in the audience and letting us feel the anguish, the loss, the pain, as well as the hope and belief that kept them going.

I can recommend everyone to watch this movie and be transformed by the story.  As ordinary Germans who just wanted to be together, to enjoy family life, to play piano, and eat farm fresh food and who were caught up in events beyond their control.  Yet they still came out of it with the knowledge that “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Waiting for Waldemar is a moving 45-minute film about a family that escaped to Germany from Russia during the Second World War. Erika and her brother Wiegand, who were only babies when their father Waldemar disappeared during the escape and are now in their 70’s, combine fragments of memories and third-hand testimonies to paint a picture of the man that meant – and means – so much to them. Waiting for Waldemar is a bittersweet affirmation that love bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Eric Spoeth has directed two full length documentaries and a dozen short films. His work includes working as an Assistant Director on The Matrix, Cut Bank, Blackstone, and other film and TV productions across Alberta.

You can buy the movie on the website:  http://www.spoeth.com/wfw.html

10 Apr 2018
April 10, 2018

Canada’s Concentration Camps

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You might be wondering if I am referring to residential schools.  But no, I am talking about the internment camps in World War I and II – right on Canadian Soil.  For Germans. Japanese. Ukranians. Austrians, Hungarians. For anyone they considered “enemy aliens.” They are listed here:

Amherst, Nova Scotia Malleable Iron Foundry April 1915 to September 1919
Beauport, Quebec The Armoury December 1914 to June 1916
Banff-Castle Mountain, Alberta Dominion Park July 1915 to July 1917
Brandon, Manitoba Exhibition Building September 1914 to July 1916
Edgewood, British Columbia Bunk Houses August 1915 to September 1916
Fernie-Morrissey, British Columbia Rented premises June 1915 to October 1918
Halifax, Nova Scotia The Citadel September 1914 to October 1918
Jasper, Alberta Dominion Park February 1916 to August 1916
Kapuskasing, Ontario Bunk Houses December 1914 to February 1920
Kingston, Ontario Fort Henry August 1914 to November 1917
Lethbridge, Alberta Exhibition Building September 1914 to November 1916
Monashee-Mara Lake, British Columbia Tents and Bunkhouses June 1915 to July 1917
Montreal, Quebec Immigration Hall August 1914 to November 1918
Munson-Eaton, Alberta Railway Cars October 1918 to March 1919
Nanaimo, British Columbia Provincial government building September 1914 to September 1915
Niagara Falls, Ontario The Armoury December 1914 to August 1918
Petawawa, Ontario Militia Camp December 1914 to May 1916
Revelstoke-Field-Otter, British Columbia Bunk Houses September 1915 to October 1916
Sault-St-Marie, Ontario The Armoury January 1915 to January 1918
Spirit Lake, Quebec Bunk Houses January 1915 to January 1917
Toronto, Ontario Stanley Barracks December 1914 to October 1916
Winnipeg, Manitoba Fort Osborne September 1914 to July 1916
Valcartier, Quebec Militia Camp April 1915 to October 1915
Vernon, British Columbia Provincial government building September 1914 to February 1920

World War II Info

German Canadian internment[edit]

During the Second World War, 850 German Canadians were accused of being spies for the Nazis, as well as subversives and saboteurs. The internees were given a chance by authorities to defend themselves; according to the transcripts of the appeal tribunals, internees and state officials debated conflicting concepts of citizenship.

Many German Canadians interned in Camp Petawawa were from a nineteenth-century migration in 1876. They had arrived in a small area a year after a Polish migration landed in Wilno, Ontario. Their hamlet, made up of farmers primarily, was called Germanicus, and is in the bush less than 10 miles from Eganville, Ontario. Their farms (homesteads originally) were expropriated by the federal government for no compensation, and the men were imprisoned behind barbed wire in the AOAT camp. (The Foymount Air Force Base near Cormac and Eganville was built on this expropriated land.) Notable was that not one of these homesteaders from 1876 or their descendants had ever visited Germany again after 1876, yet they were accused of being German Nazi agents.

756 German sailors, mostly captured in East Asia were sent from camps in India to Canada in June 1941 (Camp 33).

World War I Info

In World War I, 8,579 male “aliens of enemy nationality” were interned, including 5,954 Austro-Hungarians, including ethnic Ukrainians, and Croatians. Many of these internees were used for forced labour in internment camps.

The Ukrainian Canadian internment was part of the confinement of “enemy aliens” in Canada during and for two years after the end of the First World War, lasting from 1914 to 1920, under the terms of the War Measures Act that would be used again, in the Second World War, against Japanese Canadians.

About 4,000 Ukrainian men and some women and children of Austro-Hungarian citizenship were kept in twenty-four internment camps and related work sites — also known, at the time, as concentration camps.

Many were released in 1916 to help with the mounting labour shortage. Another 80,000 were registered as “enemy aliens” and obliged to regularly report to the police. Those interned had whatever little wealth they owned confiscated and were forced to work for the profit of their gaolers.Internment[edit]

Most of those interned were young men apprehended while trying to cross the border into the U.S. to look for jobs; attempting to leave Canada was illegal.During the First World War, a growing sentiment against “enemy aliens” had manifested itself amongst Canadians. The British government urged Canada not to act indiscriminately against subject nationalities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire who were in fact friendly to the British Empire.

However, Ottawa took a hard line. These enemy-born citizens were treated as social pariahs, and many lost their employment. Under the 1914 War Measures Act, “aliens of enemy nationality” were compelled to register with authorities. About 70,000 Ukrainians from Austria-Hungary fell under this description. 8,579 males and some women and children were interned by the Canadian Government, including 5,954 Austro-Hungarians, most of whom were probably ethnic Ukrainians.[4] Most of the interned were poor or unemployed single men, although 81 women and 156 children (mainly Germans in Vernon and Ukrainians at Spirit Lake) had no choice but to accompany their menfolk to two of the camps, in Spirit Lake, near Amos, Quebec, and Vernon, British Columbia. Some of the internees were Canadian-born and others were naturalized British subjects,[citation needed] although most were recent immigrants. Citizens of the Russian Empire were generally not interned.

Commemorative statue and damaged plaque at the “Ukrainian cemetery” of the Kapuskasing Internment Camp; Kapuskasing, northern Ontario

Commemorative stone at the Saskatchewan Railway Museum, formerly “Eaton Siding” near the Eaton Internment Camp, one of twenty-four, where 8,579 civilians were interned. It reads “Fortitude. To the memory of those who were interned at this site during the Great War. Eaton Internment Camp 1919.”

Many of these internees were used for forced labour in internment camps.[5] Conditions at the camps varied, and the Castle Mountain Internment Camp where labour contributed to the creation of Banff National Park[7] — was considered exceptionally harsh and abusive.[8] The internment continued for two more years after the war had ended, although most Ukrainians were paroled into jobs for private companies by 1917. Even as parolees, they were still required to report regularly to the police authorities. Federal and provincial governments and private concerns benefited from the internees’ labour and from the confiscation of what little wealth they had, a portion of which was left in the Bank of Canada at the end of the internment operations on June 20, 1920.[9] A small number of internees, including men considered to be “dangerous foreigners”, labour radicals, or particularly troublesome internees, were deported to Europe after the war, largely from the Kapuskasing camp, which was the last to be shut down.

Of those interned, 109 died of various diseases and injuries sustained in the camp, six were killed while trying to escape, and some — according to Sir William Dillon Otter’s final report — went insane or committed suicide[10] as a result of their confinement.

 

30 Aug 2017
August 30, 2017

Boney M coming to Vancouver!

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Boney M

Old fans; Young hearts and the same beloved band coming back to sweep you off your feet!

BONEY M featuring the stunning vocals of LIZ MITCHELL, the ORIGINAL LEAD SINGER, was THE Disco band of the 70’s and 80’s and remains a living legend of the disco era.

Founded in Germany by writer and producer Frank Farian, BONEY M dominated the European charts with a string of hits well remembered to this day. The group had eight #1 hits with “Daddy cool”, “Sunny”, “Ma Baker”, “Belfast”, “Rivers of Babylon”, “Brown Girl in the Ring”, “Rasputin” and “Mary’s Boy Child”. In addition, the group charted three #1 albums with “Take the Heat off Me”, “Nightflight to Venus” and “Love for Sale”.

Now in the 21st Century, there is no doubt that songs from the past are as popular as ever. BONEY M’s international success spans twenty-five years and has proven that their hits absolutely belong in the collection of timeless classics. BONEY M featuring LIZ MITCHELL remains a phenomenal live act drawing huge crowds at concert halls, theatres and festivals across the world.

Take a journey back in time and view some of Boney M’s classic videos:

Rasputin | https://youtu.be/kvDMlk3kSYg
Daddy Cool | https://youtu.be/QtxlCsVKkvY
Rivers of Babylon | https://youtu.be/2FgDles4xq8
Feliz Navidad – Liz Mitchell / Boney M lead singer | https://youtu.be/Bb-wF8oS9mc

Click on this link here to book them for an event or for more information:  https://mn2s.com/booking-agency/live-roster/boney-m/

BOOKING CONTACT DETAILS

AGENT – Sharron Elkabas

CONTACT – +44 (0)207 234 9455

Opening Act – ABRA Cadabra (a Tribute to ABBA)

For more than 15 years Vancouver’s ABRA CADABRA has been bringing the timeless and uplifting music of ABBA to audiences across the world. From “Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo” to “Does Your Mother Know”, “S.O.S.” and “Take a Chance on Me”, this high-energy stage show keeps the music of this Swedish Super Group alive and takes you on a nostalgic journey through all your favourite ABBA songs. www.iloveabba.com

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Ocean View – 4 Adjacent Burial Plots in Heaven’s Gate – $79,000 each (cash)

Beautiful area in a highly desirable location in Ocean View Cemetery, Heaven’s Gate section at the top of a small hill, with ocean view, south facing, flat area, uniquely suitable for a family: 4 adjacent spaces are available, each holding 2 caskets and 2 urns.

No new burial plots are available in Heaven’s Gate; a nearby plot sold recently for $89,000.

Please contact Ms. Porter (604) 647-0951 (home) or 604 828-8788 (cell).

The Ocean View Funeral Home and Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby has grown to be inclusive and serves all faiths and traditions.

Through the 1950s, work at Ocean View was designed by local architects Sharp and Thompson. George Sharp and Charles Thompson formed Vancouver’s longest surviving architectural firm in 1908. This later expansion included the stone-faced Garden Chapel, built in 1936 as a replica of a Norman church. Prominent stone gates also replaced the original gates at the corner entrance. The cemetery offers a range of burial options among trees, flowers and gentle hills.

Their chapel, funeral home and offices were constructed in 1988. These facilities allow families to complete funeral and cemetery arrangements in one location, offering convenience and peace of mind.

Address of Ocean View Funeral Home & Ocean View Burial Park:  https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca

4000 Imperial Street
Burnaby, BC V5J1A4

For more information, or to purchase two or four burial sites, please contact Ms. Porter (604) 647-0951 (home) or at 604 828-8788 (cell).