Almar and Anna Björk
Traditionally, in Iceland, milestone birthdays are celebrated with greetings in the newspapers and we welcome the opportunity to thus honour Almar Grímsson on his 70th birthday in our own publication in the Icelandic manner.
Almar has always amazed me with his instant recognition of everyone, any acquaintance becomes a friend and any friend is always greeted with an all-encompassing smile, a hug or a warm handshake and a “takk fyrir síðast.”
Instrumental in the formation of the Snorri Program which brings young people of Icelandic descent to Iceland to explore their heritage, Almar has become afi to the many paricipants. He also worked with creating Snorri Plus and Snorri West.
So I say to him, Kæri vinur minn, til hamingju með sjötugasti afmælið þitt.
Happy Birthday, Almar, from all your friends in America. We send special birthday greetings to you. We also send early congratulations to you and Anna Björk on your upcoming golden anniversary. Your leadership and friendship is immeasurable through your work with the Þjóðræknisfélag Íslendinga, INL of North America, and so many other initiatives.
We value your optimism, kindness, and grace. You are such a very special friend and mentor to all of us. My life has been significantly enhanced by your encouragement and inspiration. We thank you and honour you today and always. May God continue to bless your life and your family. Lifíð er dásamlegt! Bestu Kveðjur.
Sunna Furstenau, USA representative, INL of Iceland
Almar, Til hamingju með afmælið.
Almar – the ‘father of the Snorri Program’ – has been a good friend for many years. He’s a very personable and approachable fellow. I like to think of him as a friend, and very much hope that he might think of me in the same way.
When I was in Iceland in 2007, at the INL/Iceland conference, he and Anna Björk took several of us up to Hofsós. The intention had been for an overnight visit, but an early October snowfall closed the highways. The extra time was easily filled, the museum being so interesting, and we were taken up into the hills to see a horse round-up – a really wonderful experience. Thanks Almar and thanks for all you do for all of us. Happy Birthday vinnur minn.
It is a great pleasure to wish a very happy 70th birthday to a remarkable friend of the Icelandic Canadian people in New Iceland, Mr. Almar Grímsson. Through his tremendous work of the past many years with the Snorri Program, and his involvement in bringing tour groups from Iceland to Manitoba, he has played an integral role in strengthening the ties and friendships between people living in the Icelandic settlements in Manitoba and those in Iceland.
Dedication to his Icelandic heritage and the heritage of the Icelandic people in Manitoba and the rest of North America is admirable, and it is work like his that will ensure the preservation of this heritage for years to come. Til hamingju með afmælið kæri vinur!