This page will share some of the great stories and milestones of our Austrian, German and Swiss friends in Vancouver and western Canada.
If you have a story to share, please contact me and we can set up a phone or video meeting to discuss how best to go about it.
Most of the time it is as easy as sending in a story, a picture or two, such as a logo and then a call to action.
Westcoast German News is a tribute to former Kanada Kourier and the Pazifische Rundschau. Our goal is to inform, entertain and to build community.
The GC and the GCBA Visit UBC

The German Business Association (GCBA) has the mission to “promote cultural, business & professional interests in the German-speaking Community in Vancouver, British Columbia.” Part of

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German School Fundraiser

Hello Industry Partners, my name is Steven Seewald, the president and representative of the Vancouver Westside German School. Thank you in advance for taking an

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Novavax Receives Conditional-Marketing Authorization in Europe As seen on the PR News Wire Monday, December 20, 2021: Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX), a biotechnology company dedicated to developing and commercializing next-generation

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Roast Goose
Bessarabian Winter Dishes

The Bessarabian Germans (Bessarabiendeutsche) were an ethnic group who lived in Bessarabia (Moldova & Ukraine) between 1814 and 1940. Mostly, they immigrated from Baden Württemberg,

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Casting Call
Going back to Germany

We are currently in the process of casting and are looking for a second-generation Canadians or Americans aged 17 – 24 and their parent who

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Bee Hives
Urban Food Systems in Three Countries

Vancouver; October 20, 2021 – The Transatlantic Climate Bridge (TCB) program ( was launched in 2008 jointly by The German Federal Foreign Office and the

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German Friendship Globe Event
Some of the West Tour

David Oppenheimer Statue On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, a small crowd gathered at the statue of David Oppenheimer, who originally came from Germany and in

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Mozart's Requiem Banner
Two Bach Concerts Coming up

Vancouver Bach Choir Returning to the Orpheum Stage This FallFan and Singer Favourite of Mozart’s Requiem in d minor & VBC premiere of Britten’s St.

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Accidental German Unity

The German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit) will be celebrated on October 3, 2021 to mark the 31st Anniversary of the reunification of Germany.

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Lufthansa A350-900
Lufthansa Event September 15

Vancouver, Wednesday, September 15, 2021. The German Consulate General Vancouver, with support from the German Canadian Business Association will be holding a series of events

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German Parliament
Electing the 20th Bundestag

The world will change on September 26th, 2021 when Chancellor Angela Merkel steps down and someone else will take her place. Besides the German Federal

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Stock Footage German Flood
German Flood Update

I will be sharing some updates from various media around the world regarding the devastating floods that have hit parts of western Germany in July

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Tag der Deutschen Einheit
Dress like Mr. Oktoberfest

$600 for the Entire Set! From “Freiburg im Breisgau” city, Baden-Württemberg Land (state), in southwestern Germany. picturesquely situated on the western slopes of the Black

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Terra Foods Product
Terra Foods is hiring!

Terra International Foods is one of Western Canada’s leading brand builders who represent a number of the world’s highest performing specialty, natural-organic, and everyday grocery

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German Consul General Office
German General Consulate Vancouver

Wir brauchen Verstärkung Das Generalkonsulat der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Vancouver sucht zum 15. Mai 2021 (ggfls. auch später) einen/eine Mitarbeiter/in (m/w/d) für Tätigkeiten in verschiedenen

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Saarland Vancouver
Das Neue Saarlandbüro Vancouver

Introducing the SHS Foundation from Saarland.  March 14, 2021, Vancouver, BC, The SHS Foundation, a public-private partnership, wants to promote Saarland as an economic and

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Designer Buenen

February 19, 2021 Making a House a Home in partnership with EQ3, Buenen Design, and SOS Children’s Villages Canada I want to share a project

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Valentines at the Vancouver Alpen Club
Alpen Love Vancouver

A message from your local Vancouver Alpen Club: Valentine’s Day Specials Just a few more days until it’s Valentine’s Day…and we have some very special

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Elke on balconey
West Vancouver Mansion

Yesterday I was given the opportunity to tour the fabled “Italian Designer Mansion” in Caulfield, West Vancouver (North Shore). Holly Wood, an Award Winning Realtor,

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Elke in BMW
Day of German Unity Event

The Consul General Dr. Klaus Schmidt and Brian Jessel BMW organized a “Together in Motion” Event celebrating 30 years of German Unity. VIP’s, members of

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Elke Holding book
Book Launch Benefit

Please attend my Book Launch Benefit on Saturday, November 7th for a delicious 3-course luncheon at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club! September was Blood Cancer

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Book Cover
Elke Porter’s Book Now Available!

75 German-Speaking Influential People in Western Canada Vancouver— August 29, 2020 —Today Elke Porter is announcing “75 German-Speaking Influential People in Western Canada” is available

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Covid19 in Germany

There are several countries doing better than others during this Covid19 pandemic and one of them is Germany. The other countries are New Zealand, South

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Michael Greenwell Photo
Dresden Civilian Firebombing

“Lest we forget”. and “Those who forget their past are doomed to repeat it.” Once upon a time Europe, except neutral Switzerland, was embroiled in

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Group of New Year's Reception
New Year Reception

The Consul General Dr. Klaus Schmidt, Yvonne Denz, from the German Chamber of Commerce, as well as venue provider Heike Neumann, VP, Head of HR

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Raclette Cheese
German Products Online

Now that the Prior Street Warehouse has closed down, there aren’t that many places in Vancouver to buy German products, but there are a number

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Cookies & Stollen
CETA Updates

The information found in this blog post come from this website: CETA offers new opportunities for EU businesses of all sizes to export to

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Christmas Market Tree
European News Magazine

The first edition of the “Westcoast German News” newsletter was printed November 1, 2007. Since then, it has turned into a magazine, was renamed several

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Brahms’ German Requiem
Brahms’ German Requiem

Vancouver Bach Choir opens their 89th season with Brahms’ German Requiem Paired with Pärt’s Berliner Messe in a program rooted in its composers’ spirituality Vancouver,

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Family Oktoberfest Soon Here!

The Eurofest BC Society has a mandate to provide an effective venue for Canadian-Europeans to preserve and showcase their music, dance, unique customs, traditions, arts,

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2019 Oktoberfests in Canada

Vancouver Alpen Club – Prost Haus Harvest Haus Harvestland Mission Calgary Edmonton Nanaimo Saskatoon Vancouver Alpen Club WHEN: October 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm –

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Final European News Mag
Final European News Mag

Vancouver, September 2019, the decision to go to digital only is final. Unless I can find a sponsor, I will be unable to continue to

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FAQ’s on Oktoberfest!

At the bottom, I will be listing a few places where you can celebrate Oktoberfest in Vancouver, BC or other places in Western Canada and

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Ask Elke
Ask Elke

Ask Elke Here are just some requests I have received lately.  If you would like to respond, or ask your own question, please contact me

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Oktoberfest Supplies for Sale!

Make an appointment and head to Richmond for your favourite Oktoberfest supplies before they are all gone. Wolfgang Christl, aka Mr. Oktoberfest, is now finally

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Niche Directory For You!

Join the new Business Directory Just before Christmas, I set up a new Business Directory, so that I could have a convenient list of German-related

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Cleantech Event July 27 in Vancouver!

Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany – Innovative Water Technologies for Smart Cities GTAI Investment Promotion Event – Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany Germany

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