2015 Icelandic League of North America Convention

 

 The Generations - Past, Present, Future

Icelandic Camp for Kids
Brad Hirst directs an annual Icelandic camp for young people of Icelandic descent (ages 8-13) each summer in Gimli Manitoba. He will share information and stories about the camp and answer questions from people who may be interested in having children from their family attend.
http://www.icct.info/icelandic-camp-grant


About the Presenter

Brad was introduced to the INL of NA and the Selkirk Bruin Chapter at age 21 and has been actively involved since.  In 2002 he went on the Snorri Program and the year after became involved with the Icelandic Camp and is currently the CEO of the camp and 2nd VP of the INL of NA.

The Snorri Connection
Learn more about the 3 programs are available for those interested in learning more about Iceland. Snorri for young people of Icelandic origin who discover their roots in a six-week summer program, Snorri Plus, a two-week cultural program for people of Icelandic descent or with a passion for Iceland and Snorri West for Icelandic youth want to spend 4 weeks in Icelandic settlements in the US and Canada. http://www.snorri.is/
About the Presenters



Halldór Árnason has been a President of INL in Iceland (Þjóðræknisfélag Íslendinga) since 2011 and a Chairman of Snorri Foundation since 2010. He is an economist and works at Business Iceland since 2010. Before that he was Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Prime Ministry Office. His wife is Anna Björg Eyjólfsdóttir and they have four children at age 17 to 27.



Ásta Sól Kristjánsdóttir has been Project Manager of the Snorri Program since 2000, and Managing Director of INL-Iceland since 2006. She's born in Akureyri Iceland and has three children with her husband Arngrímur Baldursson; stepdaughter Elena (18), and sons Leon Bjartur (5) and Nói Hrafn (1).
Gail Einarson-McCleery, O.F., is currently the Cultural and Youth Director of INL of NA and runs the Snorri West program.  She was born in Gimli, lives in Toronto and is Honorary Consul of Iceland there.

Youth Panel – The Next Generation
Facilitated by Gail Einarson-McCleery, this panel discussion will include club members of a variety of ages and will focus on ways of getting more young people involved in Icelandic clubs – a frequent topic among clubs of all kinds. Panel members will include Erin Johnson and Joe Bowen from Minnesota, Ashley Thorvaldson from Ottawa, and Sacha Gudmundsson from Toronto.



About the Facilitator and panel members
Gail Einarson-McCleery, O.F., is currently the Cultural and Youth Director of INL of NA and runs the Snorri West program.  She was born in Gimli, lives in Toronto and is Honorary Consul of Iceland there.
Sacha Gudmundsson joined the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto in 2013 after participating in the Snorri program. She is a public relations professional and is currently working as part of the social and media relations team with TELUS communications. She is also now the ICCT's VP of social media and communications.
Erin Johnson is a teaching professional for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She participated in the 2013 Snorri Program and 2014 Intermediate Icelandic Summer Program at the University of Iceland, and is currently serving as past-president of the Icelandic Hekla Club.  

Discover YOUR Icelandic Roots:  Cousins, Ancestors, History and More
This hands-on session gives attendees free access to the Icelandic Roots Database of 550,000 people. The original 512,600 people was the work of Hálfdan Helgason. Since then, over 37,000 people have been added. In addition to names and dates, it includes churches and cemeteries, photos, videos, histories, biographies, maps, family farms in Iceland and more. A relationship calculator enables you to see how you are related to others. Five genealogists will be available to assist.
About the Genealogists
* Sunna Furstenau – Pres. of Icelandic Roots. Full-time genealogist with the popular ‘Cousins Across the Ocean’ project and Icelandic Roots. Sunna writes a blog, is active in Social Media, is the 1st VP of the INLNA, the USA Representative for the INL in Iceland, and also active in her local Icelandic Club in North Dakota.
* Cathy Josephson – Manager of the East Iceland Emigration Center at Vopnafjörður. She is a long-time genealogist and is the expert on East Iceland connections where most of our immigrating ancestors left. She is active in Iceland preserving history and making connections. Cathy also works with the Icelandic Roots Translation Services Team.
* David Johnson – Our Utah and Pacific Coast genealogy specialist is an important part of the Icelandic Roots team and of the INLofNA using his expertise as a lawyer to assist us in many ways. David lives in Seattle.
* Doreen Kristjanson Marston – She took over her father’s +25 years of Icelandic Genealogy and is one of the main genealogists for Icelandic Roots. Her dedication to genealogy is phenomenal. Doreen lives in Tennessee.
* Michelle Braakman - Michelle has studied history and genealogy since 2010.  She has made some incredible discoveries through her research and enjoys sharing and helping others uncover the secret treasures of their past. She lives in Alberta.
Planned Giving – Keeping our Clubs Alive and Growing
Susan Hommes is on the planned giving staff within the University of Minnesota Foundation. She will be sharing information about estate planning and the role it can play in supporting the long-term growth of local Clubs.

Planned Giving – Keeping our Clubs Alive and Growing
Learn about common planned and estate gift types that help people fulfill charitable dreams, and how these gifts sustain and transform the organizations you love.

Susan Hommes, Director, Planned Giving at the University of Minnesota Foundation, has over 25 years of experience in building and implementing fundraising programs focused on major and planned giving relationship development, and securing lifelong loyalty to organizational mission.



Snorri Reunion and Dance

Young people attending the conference, many of them Snorri alums, are looking forward to having a DJ providing the music for some dancing following the banquet. Everyone is welcome to join in. The more the merrier.

Touring the Twin Cities
Sign up for the Gray Line Bus tour – See Minneapolis & St. Paul’s historic beauty aboard an air-conditioned coach.

 

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