Icelandic National League of North America

100th Annual Convention

Honour, Celebrate, Build


The Icelandic Canadian Fron is proud to be hosting the 100th anniversary convention May 16-19, 2019 in the heart of downtown Winnipeg.

Celebrate this Icelandic National League of North America milestone in the city where it all began.

Icelandic National League of North America

Þjóðræknisfélag Íslendinga í Vesturheimi

100th Annual Convention

Fairmont Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada  May 16 - 19 2019
100 years  Honour Celebrate Build

Program Outline

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Meet and Greet – WEST BALLROOM

 Greetings - Judy Bradley President, Icelandic Canadian Frón
Lisa Sigurgeirson Maxx – performance and sing-a-long

Friday, May 17, 2019

Greetings – Judy Bradley, President Icelandic Canadian Frón
Greetings - Beverly Arason-Gaudet, President of the Icelandic National League of North America
Greetings from Pétur Ásgeirsson, Ambassador of Iceland to Canada
Greetings – Derek Johnson Member of the Legislative Assembly
Flag Raising at City Hall
 Lögberg-Heimskringla: A Mirror of Icelandic Life Among North Americans- Stefan Jonasson
 Icelandic Connection – Elva Simundsson
  Icelandic Festival – Grant Stefanson

 New Initiatives in the Invaluable and Enduring Collaboration between the University of Iceland and the Icelandic Community in North America. – Dr. Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector and President of the University of Iceland
 Stephan G. Stephansson Endowment Fund at the University of Iceland- Dr. Birna Bjarnadóttir
 Icelandic Roots: Preserving the Past, Connecting the Future – Sunna Furstenau
 Greetings - His Worship Brian Bowman, Mayor of Winnipeg
Greetings – Hulda Karen Daníelsdóttir, President Þjóðrækningsfélags Íslendinga
Sails, Rails, Rivers and Trails – Cathy Josephson
Fragile Heritage Project – Katie Parsons
Snorri Program 20 years of success - Future perspective (Snorri, Snorri West, Snorri Plus) – Almar Grimsson, Sandra Björg Ernudóttir, Halldór Árnason, Jody Arman-Jones

Asta Sol

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Share Your Story
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Icelandic National League of North America 100th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony


Welcoming Remarks and National Anthems

Speeches by Dignitaries

Honorary Lifetime Membership Awards:

Lorraine Ilnicki

Marlene Linneberg

Doreen Isleifson

Mary Thorgeirson

Lorna Tergesen

Sheila Behan

Linda Hammersley

Curtis Olafson

Joan Inga Eyolfson Cadham Award:

David Gislason

Laurence S. G. Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award:

Margrét Kristjánsdóttir Arnar and Örn Arnar, MD

Strong is the Bond Award:

Almar Grímsson

Saturday, May 18, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sales and Displays - HARROW/E/C
8:45 a.m. Welcome EAST/MIDWAY BALLROOM - Judy Bradley, President Icelandic Canadian Frón
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. What did our ancestors bring with them? - Lilja Árnadóttir, Head of ArtifactCollections, National Museum of Iceland
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Growing up Icelandic – Erika Thorsteinson
10:00-10:30 Kaffitími
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. New Iceland Heritage Museum – Dr. Ryan Eyford
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Our Shared Cultural Heritage: new opportunities in the digital age – Dr. Guðrún Nordal, director of the Arni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Reykjavík
11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Icelandic Language Camp – Brad Hirst, Mallory Swanson
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch WEST BALLROOM
12:30 pm Icelandic Canadian Frón Youth Group and Yule Lads puppet show
1:30 – 2:00 Origins, History and Design of Icelandic Lopi Sweater - Àsdís Jóelsdóttir

Annual General Meeting EAST/MIDWAY BALLROOM

Icelandic National League 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner WEST/MIDWAY BALLROOM

Sunday, May 19, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Bus Tour Tour of Icelandic Winnipeg
Events not part of Program
Sunday, May 19, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Icelandic Roots Workshop – Sunna Furstenau

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