Law: From a run-away to a RCMP Inspector, a grandson tells the story of a renowned lawman of the Western Territories.
Cultural: In 2003, Neil was the first recipient of the INLofNA Laurence Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding service to one or more North American Icelandic organizations and significant involvement in local community affairs.
Literature: Margaret, an original Victoria girl, returned to her childhood home with her husband Richard in 1967. The Beck Trust, which they created, came into existence on her death and since 1988 it has underwritten to the prominence of Icelandic culture within the community and University of Victoria.
Literature: Dr. Beck, a pre-eminent Icelandic scholars, whose many works focus on Icelandic literature and interests in Icelandic settlement, created the Beck Trust, along with wife Margaret, which since 1988, has underwritten to the prominence of Icelandic culture within the community and University of Victoria.
Engineer/Business: In his adult years, this Alberta farm boy completed his high school education, earned an Engineering degree, and became a successful, international oil and businessman. Now, in his senior years, he is an active patron of the arts and book publisher, and has enjoyed playing competitive polo.
Humanitarian: Name sake for the Jón Bjarnason Academy, this Lutheran minister, educator, community leader was one of the mostinfluential leaders among the early Icelandic immigrants. Although controversial, he was respected even if they disagreed.
Statesman: A great orator and writer, Val Bjornson began as a newspaper editor and went on to play a key role in the establishment of the military base in Iceland and then became State Treasurer in Minnesota.
Humanitarian: historian, student, researcher, genealogist, church worker, executive, and a friend, her leadership and love of history makes her one of the great women of her time.
Statesman: This man was involved with all the needs of not only his own local area but the larger community and the province. The Wheat Pool was an important part of the Saskatchewan Economy.
Statesman:"Father of New Iceland"
Culture: This gentleman, kindly, sensible, honorable and reliable, with a deep devotion to family and community and pride in heritage and culture is in whose memory the Laurence S. G. Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award was established by the INL of NA in 2003.
Law: A lawyer (1919) whose active role in public affairs, locally and federally “made a magnificent impact on Winnipeg, Manitoba and in the end all of Canada.”
Law: An outstanding veteran, lawyer and community worker who’s “highly informative work is of lasting importance for which fellow Icelanders owe a debt of gratitude.”
Engineer: This is a man of many and varied contributions; radio towers erected on permafrost, Trans Canada through Canada´s National Parks, translating, teaching Icelandic classes and more.
Science: ‘The Father of Canola’
Literature: The poet of the Rocky Mountains, having very little formal education, "became arguably the most philosophical among Icelandic poets, and his poetry has a great intellectual range." Much of his work was written at night so called Andvokur, often translated Wakeful Nights which means insomnia.
Business: A couple very active in Manitoba in agriculture, law enforcement, culture, education, their business facilitated a great improvement in Iceland/North American travel.
Entertainment: From the Northern Lights of Manitoba, to the bright lights of Hollyword, this enthusiastic man with the magnificent voice moved from broadcasting, to movies, to television, to writing and finally education.
Art: This colorful character who is delightfully described by his granddaughter created many beloved images in the animation world that have been altered but are still well known world-wide. Read how this all began.
Science: A colleague describes a geological "career spanning 62 years, including 39 field seasons, devoted to the exploration and study of the Arctic Islandsundefineda record of achievement unlikely ever to be duplicated."