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Influential Germans in Western Canada?

Last summer, I finished my first book “75 German-Speaking Influential People in Western Canada, which is available on Amazon.

This year, January 2021, I am now working on Book #2 and am collecting a list of German-Speaking – Austrian, German & Swiss – influential people in Western who should be in this book. Here is a short incomplete list:

  1. Justin Hoffman
  2. Hans Haebler
  3. Rene Fluri
  4. Rudolph Grauer
  5. Kurt Gagel
  6. Harry & Robert Grimm
  7. Eugen & Ursula Neubert
  8. Alex Schoebel
  9. Hans Albert Rieder
  10. Herbert Siebner

I am also including stories of famous German companies or monuments:

  1. Heidelberg Cement
  2. MTU
  3. Shopify
  4. Robsonstrasse
  5. Lufthansa

If you have any other ideas or suggestions, please get back to me!

Frequently asked questions:

  1. Why am I writing this book? Answer: I would like to share the successes and growth of the German Community while some of the people are still around and can help me answer questions. I would also like to record this for my children and grandchildren, as the Vancouver now is a completely different place than when I grew up here and in the 1950’s and 1960’s. I also want people to know the contribution that Germans made to the Society here.
  2. What are some other projects I am interested in? Answer: Founding a German Media Centre, a German Cultural Centre and a German TV Show. If you have any ideas, please let me know!
  3. What other organizations in Vancouver area can I support? Answer: Here is a list, which is also included in my book:

If you want to support German, Swiss or Austrian non-profits, charities and associations, please find their info here:

  1. Churches
    a. St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church –
    Donations welcome!
    b. Martin Luther –
  2. German Clubs – become a member or donate money towards events
    a. Vancouver Alpen Club –
    Become a member for only $75 a year
    b. Swiss Society –
    c. Austrian Vancouver Club –
  3. German Schools – set up a scholarship or donate money for teaching resources
    a. Vancouver Westside German –
    b. Deutsche Sprachschule Surrey –
    c. German School North Shore –
  4. Seniors
    a. German Canadian Benevolent Society
    They are working for the development of a new, state-of-the-art care home. Donations welcome!
    b. Swiss Seniors Club –
  5. Charities – support their wish list
    a. SOS Childrens Village BC –
  6. Business Associations – become a member or support an event!
    a. Austrian Business in Canada
    b. Swiss Chamber of Commerce –
    c. German Business Association –
  7. Festivals
    a. Eurofest BC Society –
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Elke is a connector, a promoter, a writer and a blogger who loves to build community, attend events and network with other entrepreneurs. Whether you need help with advertising, public relations, social media or communications, she is there for her clients.

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