About Boje Johansen


Boje Johansen was born in Aarhus, Denmark in 1935. With a sense of adventure, he left Denmark when he was a teenager and sailed to South America. He made his way to Canada and in the 1950s and settled in Toronto. Boje met Rose Atkinson, a Cree First Nations woman who became his life-long partner. They lived, travelled, and worked together for over 40 years. During the 1970s, they operated a general merchandise store on Rose’s settlement (Fort George then Chisasibi on the eastern shore of James Bay, Quebec). Later they ran a hotel, Treasure Cove, in Daytona Beach, Florida. After retirement, they divided their time between Burlington, Ontario and their summer house in Jutland, Denmark. Rose died in 2004 and Boje in February 2007.

Bent and Susan Larsen’s friendship with Boje goes back to the 1960s in Toronto. He remained a close friend of the Larsen family and in early 2007, shortly before he died, he gave funds to Marianne Larsen, the daughter of Bent and Susan, to be used for charitable purposes.

Marianne decided to establish the Johansen-Larsen Foundation as a way to honour the wishes of Boje Johansen, as well as his indomitable spirit, commitment to education and hard work.

Boje and Rose

From left to right, Boje Johansen, Susan Larsen (with son Allan in lap and daughter Marianne) beside Rose Atkinson.


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