1956: Bob Anderson

1960: Marcus Peter Pihl

1961: Carl M. Saltveit

1962: Malcolm Frykman

1963: Erv Lind

1964: John Virtanen

1965: Bardi Skulason

1966: Boris Sirpo

1967: Lorentz Bruun

1968: E. Dean Anderson

1969: Werner Sahlin

1970: Erik Hauke

1971: Ernest Harold

1972: Christian Elster

1973: Oscar Nastrom

1974: Harold Berentson

1975: Melvin Pihl

1976: G. Bernhard Fedde

1977: Lloyd E. Anderson 

1978: Magnus Esrom

1979: Faye Frykman

1980: Ross Fogelquist

1981: Alpo Tokola

1982: Mary Nastrom

1983: Glen Nordby

1984: Rolv Schillios

1985: Gerda Farestrand

1986: Martha Stenberg

1987: Mel Iverson

1988: Herb Matta

1989: Cathy Bjork

1990: Ellen Jacobson & Maj Persson

1991: Johanna B. Fedde

1992: Saara Slossar

1993: Judy Rust

1994: Lillian Johnson

1995: Robert M. Lee

1996: Carol De Sau

1997: Kaja Voldbaek

1998: Rosi Hill

1999: Elisabeth Mendenhall

2000: Doris & Harry Heiberg

2001: Steinar Fuglestad & Elsie Nordby

2002: Toni Linne & John Nielsen

2003: Christie Stilson

2004: Aase Maja Besson

2005: Doug & Ulla Hanson

2006: Eila Chisholm

2007: Carl & Marian Thompson

2008: Ann Grangaard

2009: Denver James/Kristi Johnson-James

2010: Andy & Margot Toth

2011: Larry West

2012: Clinton Maurice

2013: Pauline Coleman

2015: Judy Gervais Perkiomaki

2016: Sandra Nelson Miller

2017: Dave Alford

2018: Jeff Klein

2019: Christine, Dirk & Pirjo Schulbach

Awarded each year, this honor seeks to recognize those making a difference in the Nordic community... and beyond.

Scandinavian of the Year is a prestigious award given annually by Nordic Northwest to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their organization and to the wider Scandinavian community in the Pacific Northwest.

Kirsty Dickinson, an active member of the Nordic Community since the early 2000s, has been a big part of everything NNW ever since. She has served on the Board of Directors, chaired & co-chaired the NNW development committee, Nordic Nights, the Nordic Country store at ScanFair, NNW’s Nordic Vintage Sale, the Annual Membership Celebration, lots of raffles, including the “Get Portland Rolling” raffle, and more. Besides Nordic Northwest, Kirsty and her extended family also work on helping military families, help with Best Buddies, initiated the Roosevelt High School sports team dinners and more. Kirsty has the biggest heart. She makes everything she chairs so much fun that volunteers (and staff) would literally line up to be part of her endeavors. She is very organized and welcomes everybody with open arms, a smile on her face, and always some snacks, and sweets, of course, to make volunteering even happier.

Congratulations to Kirsty Dickinson, our 2020 Scandinavians of the Year.

2020 Scandinavian of the Year nominees:

Robert Basel

Sara Winter

Kirsty Dickinson

Kirsty Dickinson

Being nominated is, in itself, an honor. Each of these nominees is deserving of great acclaim and our big thanks for their amazing contributions and devotion to communicating and celebrating Nordic culture within our community. 

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Sara Winter


Robert Basel