Canada Iceland Foundation Scholarships

The deadline for application is 30th September of the current year.

Applicants are required to fill out a general application, allowing the committee to consider you for any scholarship which is applicable. (You may apply for a specific scholarship if you wish.) An application will be considered a request for consideration for any scholarship offered by Canada Iceland Foundation. Priority may be given to first time applicants.

Donate to the Canada Iceland Foundation Inc.

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.

Members of the CIFI Board of Directors


Elva Simundsson

After a career of managing various Government of Canada Library and Information Research Centres, Elva is retired and living in Gimli Manitoba. She is a long-serving member of the CIFI Board along with several other community activities. She is a recipient of the 2022 Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba’s Award for Heritage Promotion and Preservation.


Don Bjornson
Vice President

Don is a lawyer and General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Manitoba Hydro. Don was born and raised in Gimli and he and his wife Tanys have recently returned to the Home of the Gods. Don's other volunteer activities include Past Chair of Habitat for Humanity Canada, Past Chair of Habitat for Humanity Manitoba and volunteer counsel to The Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium Inc. Don holds a Bachelor of Science and a Juris Doctor both from the University of Manitoba.


Kristjan Sigurdson, C.P.A.

Kris Sigurdson has been on the Executive of the CIFI Board of Directors since 2019. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant with the firm Olafson & Jones of East St. Paul, Manitoba.


Avery Simundsson

Avery Simundsson grew up in Arborg, Manitoba and was fortunate to be an original member of the New Icelandic Youth Choir, touring Iceland in 2003. She is grateful to have received several scholarships through the Foundation during her Engineering degree studies at the University of Manitoba, and is pleased to have an opportunity to sit on the board and foster the Icelandic/Canadian connection.



Lorna Tergesen

Lorna Tergesen has been a longstanding member of the Canada Iceland Foundation. She has also served in other capacities with Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, Icelandic Camp, Icelandic Connection publication and others too numerous to mention.  She lives in Gimli and enjoys working in the family store.


Bill Perlmutter

Bill is a long serving member of the Canada Iceland Foundation Board and has been active with other Icelandic community organizations, including currently being on the Board of Lögberg-Heimskringla. Bill had a long career with the Federal Government and now enjoys an active retirement with membership at the Reh-Fit Centre and involvement with the nostalgia radio station CJNU 93.7 FM and the Manitoba Classic and Antique Auto Club. .


Ruth Kristjanson

Ruth spent most of her working career at Manitoba Hydro, retiring after many years serving as the utility’s Vice President of Corporate Relations. She currently volunteers for the United Way of Winnipeg as a member of its Major Donor Cabinet, for the Manitoba Electrical Museum as a board member, and for CIFI as a director and Chair of its Scholarship Committee. She resides in Winnipeg.


Salín Guttormsson


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.


Timothy Samson, K.C.

Tim Samson was born and raised within the Winnipeg Icelandic community. He is retired from a life-time career practicing Business Law in Winnipeg. Throughout his years as a lawyer, he has served as a legal advisor to numerous Icelandic Canadian associations and organisations. He served as the CIFI’s President for over thirty years.



Peter John Buchan

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.


Angela Collins

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.


Serena Goebel

Representing Icelandic Canadian Frón

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.


Katrín Nielsdóttir

Representing the University of Manitoba Libraries’ Icelandic Collection
Katrín Níelsdóttir is an Icelandic Canadian who split her life between countries. She is currently based in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is the Icelandic Special Collections and Rare Books Librarian for the University of Manitoba.


Shawn Bjornsson

Representing Lögberg-Heimskringla

Shawn Bjornsson is the owner of Viking Financial Inc. and co-owner of Four Points Financial Solutions. 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.


Laureen Brandson

Representing Jon Sigurdsson Chapter, IODE

Laureen Brandson has a degree in Human Ecology. She is the Assistant Director at Agassiz Child Care and on the Provincial Board of Directors for the Manitoba Child Care Association.  Laureen is proud of her Icelandic heritage and involvement with the Jon Sigurdsson Chapter IODE fits with her own life's work - focusing on children and education. Laureen lives in Winnipeg, and spends most summer weekends at Arnes taking in the Icelandic Festival every year.