The theme of the Danish Heritage Seminar at Auberge aux 4 Saisons in Orford, Quebec, was Take a Trip around the World. The headmasters were Pastor Jørgen Flensted-Jensen and his wife Kirsten of Brylle, Fyn, formerly of Grimsby, Brussels and Edmonton.
They spoke about the Amish and Mennonites; the Danish Church in Brussels; Ethiopia; the National Danish Gym Team; H.C. Andersen and the estates he visited on Fyn; and meeting Danes across Canada. Kirsten spoke about her childhood on Fyn, while Aase Christensen spoke about her Danish roots. Rolf Christensen spoke about trade agreements and disputes as well as about Alberta Dairy Commissioner Christian Marker. Naomi Kramer spoke about her work regarding Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention. There were also Show and Tell, a song evening, a movie night, workshops as well as free time. Most lectures were accompanied by PowerPoint presentations. The last evening the participants threw a party and entertained each other with music, songs, dances, and a lottery.
The Seminar was held from May 30 to June 4, 2016. The location was in a hilly wooded area of the Eastern Townships. The excellent food was French cuisine at its best! The fellowship among the thirty participants developed quickly, and they agreed that they had had a lot of fun.
Rolf Buschardt Christensen
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