Forbundet af Danske Foreninger i Canada
Fédération des Associations Danoises du Canada
For the Preservation of Danish Heritage
The Federation of Danish Associations in Canada, hereafter called the Danish Federation, is a national umbrella organization of Danish organizations in Canada.
Les Bonke, Eva Terp, Ole Larsen, Jonna Melander, Poul B. Christensen, Rolf Christensen, Svend Berg, Jorgen Birk Andersen, Esther Machacynski, Alice Lyvang, Martha Larsen and Herbert Rasmussen
The Danish Federation was established at Sunset Villa in Puslinch, Ontario, on June 7, 1981, with the purpose of bringing together all existing Danish organizations in Canada, to create a permanent network of cooperation. The Federation is a Club of Clubs, and it is therefore the national umbrella organization of the Danes in Canada.
The Federation is made up of over 40 member organizations across Canada. The organizations include churches, senior homes, Guards' Associations, business associations, chambers of commerce, fraternities, historical societies, museums and social clubs.
We have formed a Federation,
and together we have bound
many Dane Associations,
which in Canada are found.
And with all Canadians here
it's our hope that we can share
culture and tradition.
Yes, we will extend our hand,
hope we from our chosen land
will earn recognition.
As the years have been unfolding,
Danes to Canada found way,
and they all have helped in molding
this land, as it is today.
Many to New Brunswick went -
built New Denmark settlement;
and where they were staying,
fertile made Canadian soil,
and to them for all their toil
tribute we are paying
Proud we all are of our home land,
and the country where we live.
Values we have learned at home, and
much we Canada can give.
Serious in our aim and work,
we our duties never shirk.
Forwards we are going.
But, though serious - all the while -
Danish humour and a smile
readily are showing.
We together make work lighter,
and can make our dreams come true.
Build a future, which is brighter
for ourselves and children too.
We our culture will preserve -
Canada we want to serve -
build a stronger Nation.
And we now from east to west
all agree that we are blessed
with our Federation.
The late Inger K.W. Andersen