“I clearly see that without careful love and respect, our cultural heritage can be left behind even within a single generation! Our language, folk dances and songs all help to connect me to my ancestors… Knowing that I am from this small country makes me proud and reminds me to be determined, hard-working, and brave like my Estonian ancestors, because I know that I have an Estonian spirit.”
Elin Sõber-Williams is the sixth of seven exceptional youth in the Estonian-Canadian community who received a 2018 EFC scholarship. Elin just completed the fourth year of an academically intense and multidisciplinary undergraduate liberal Arts and Sciences degree with an additional focus in physiology. Her particular interest is to contribute to research leading to quality of life improvements for spinal cord injury patients. Elin plans to continue her education at a Masters and PhD level.
Elin attended Seedrioru every summer until age 16, and then worked and volunteered there as well. In high school she drove 2.5 hours every week to attend Estonian school and participated in the Toronto Estonian School Choir, performing at Laulupidu in Estonia. Now in Vancouver, Elin is active in the Vancouver Estonian Society and joined the choir Läänetuul.
“Without funding from EFC, the experiences I had growing up the piqued my interest in my Estonian heritage would not have been possible.”
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Estonian Foundation of Canada has granted over $120,000 in scholarships to Canadian-Estonian youth since 2000. See www.estonianfoundation.ca for details on eligibility, or to make a donation to help support youth in our community. Application date: October 15, 2019.
DIGITAL Estonian Life No. 21 - May 29, 2020
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