Wanda Josephson Anderson 2018 Fjallkona
Wanda Josephson Anderson is a third generation Icelandic Canadian born and raised in Gimli. She is the daughter of Walter Josephson and Margaret Isfjord and the sister of Linda, Carol, Cindy, Mona and Steven. The granddaughter of Oli and Rosa Josephson (nee Thompson) Sigmundur and Margaret Josephson and Norman and Katie Isfjord (nee Slywka).
After graduating from Gimli Composite High School in 1977 Wanda was employed in the Treasury Department at Manitoba Hydro in Winnipeg, and the Evergreen School Division in Gimli. In 1981 she married Tim Anderson and they currently reside at Skallastaður, their family farm west of Riverton where they have made their home and worked as farm partners for the last 38 years. Tim and Wanda are the very proud parents of two son’s, Brett and Drew.
Wanda has a tremendous passion for her Icelandic Culture and Heritage, which was influenced by her dearest friend, Helga Guðmundsdóttir. Helga was an exchange student in Gimli in 1975. Her first visit to Iceland was in 1979 and since that time she and Helga have been hosting each other’s family and friends in their respective homes.
During the last 40 years Wanda has travelled to Iceland many times researching her family genealogy. Wanda states “It’s hard to explain the feeling you get when you walk up to your family homesteads knowing your great grandparents left from the very spot you are standing on."
Wanda is certain that this exchange of family and friends was the incentive for her involvement and leadership with the Snorri West Program; which introduced 60 young Icelanders to the Province of Manitoba between the years 2001 and 2010. The Snorri West motto was “Strengthening Ties Between Canada and Iceland”. Today the Program has grown to “Strengthening Ties Between North America and Iceland”. Wanda is extremely proud to have been one of the founding members who developed the Snorri West Program into what it is today.
In 2006 Wanda was asked to be a member of the Icelandic River Heritage Sites, a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving and promoting the culture and heritage of the Icelandic River district, which she continues to this day.
Wanda’s attendants will be her nieces, Stephanie Johnson and Willow Josephson.
Congratulations to Wanda, our 95th Islendingadagurinn Fjallkona!