The Canada Iceland Foundation is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency. Donations and bequests to the Foundation are eligible for an official charitable donation receipt for income tax purposes. Those interested in benefiting the Foundation in their wills or in establishing a scholarship or grant fund in remembrance of a family member should contact the Foundation’s president or any other member of the board.
Salín obtained her LL.B. from Dalhousie University. Retired as the Executive Director of a large non-profit organisation, she is an elections educator and a parliamentarian, facilitating democracy and citizenship workshops in schools throughout Manitoba, and acting as an AGM consultant. In addition to several alumni and professional associations, she is a member of Dalnavert Museum, the Manitoba Genealogical Society, Gimli Icelandic Canadian Society, Icelandic National League of North America, Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, and the Loni Beach Residents’ Association (Social Media Admin/Past President). She continues to manage an Interlake historical grave restoration project and sporadically contributes to the Lögberg-Heimskringla. Salín winters in Winnipeg, until the weather allows a return to her Loni Beach cottage.
representing Icelandic National League of North America
Karen believes the Icelandic community in North America will remain strong when all the Icelandic organizations work together. As the Icelandic National League of North America's representative on the CIFI board she provides a liaison between the two groups. Karen continues to sit on both the Jon Sigurdsson Chapter IODE and Icelandic Canadian Frón executives as well as serve as President of the Lögberg-Heimskringla Icelandic newspaper. She was honoured to be chosen Fjallkona for the 2016 Íslendingadagurinn celebrations.
Representing the U of MB Chair of Icelandic Language and Literature
PJ Buchan is a native of Winnipeg and a specialist in Modern Icelandic language and Icelandic music. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, the Reykjavík School of Singing and Cambridge University. He is currently the language instructor and department head for the Department of Icelandic Language and Literature at the University of Manitoba.
Representing the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba
Angela Collins joined our board in 2022. She is a resident of Gimli and the Secretary of the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba’s Board of Directors. Her role on the Festival’s board include co-ordinating the Music and Cultural Presentations, Poetry and Short Story Contest and managing the Fjallkona Affairs.
Representing Icelandic Canadian Frón Chapter of the INLNA
Serena Goebel is currently the Treasurer of the Icelandic Canadian Frón of which she has been a member for over 20 years. She serves on the CIFI’s Grants Committee. She is proud to be of Icelandic Canadian descent and part of two important organizations that value the importance of education and preserving our shared heritage as Canadians.
Shawn Bjornsson is the owner of Viking Financial Inc. and co-owner of Four Points Financial Solutions with over 30 years in the insurance and investments industry. He is a member of Advocis - the Financial Advisors Association of Canada, has obtained his CPCA designation (Certified Professional Consulting on Aging), and is a Life and Qualifying member of MDRT – the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier association of financial professionals.
Shawn values his Icelandic heritage by serving on the board of the Lögberg Heimskringla, as a member of the Icelandic Canadian Frón and as a Past-President of the Gimli Icelandic Canadian Society. He loves sports and is an avid marathoner who is not afraid of challenging himself with such feats as his annual winter runs across Lake Winnipeg. During the summer months, he relaxes with his family at their cottage near Gimli at Valhalla Beach.