Foto: Shelley Hassard (2018) Kalev Estienne maailmatasemel võimlejad — nii junior kui senior tiimid — sõidavad Brasiiliasse Santos’esse osalema 22.-25. novembrini toimuval Aesthetic Group Gymnastics World Cup’il. See on igati põnev võimalus meie kohalikele sportlastele võistlemaks maailma laval! Esimesel fotol harjutab võimlas Junior World Team — „Canadiana“. Teisel fotol on Senior AGG Team — „Rhythmic Expressions“ koos klubi direktori Evelyn Koopiga vaatamas üle Brasiilia reisikava.
Maailmas ainulaadse rahvusvahelise Hiite kuvavõistluse 1000 eurose peaauhinna võitis lopsakat rohelust ja looduse igikestvat eluringi kujutav foto „Püha puu kaob oma loomulikku rada“. Pildi jäädvustas Tartumaa Kastre valla Koke küla Kiigeoru hiiesalus harrastusfotograaf Alari Talv.
Kuigi võistlusel osales mitmeid silmatorkavamaid töid, eelistas hindamiskogu seda pilti sõnumi olulisuse tõttu. Nii Eesti kui ka kogu maailm on hetkel silmitsi metsade ja looduslike pühapaikade laieneva rüüstamisega. Võidupilt kõneleb sellest, miks Rahvusvahelise Looduskaitseliidu (IUCN) arvates on looduslikud pühapaigad maailma vanimad kaitsealad. Hiite ja teiste metsade uuenemine on võimalik ka looduslikul teel ehk siis ilma inimese sekkumiseta. Vanade hiiepuude kõdunemine on aluseks elurikka metsa uuele põlvkonnale, leidis hindamiskogu.
Evelyn Koop - foto: Shelley Hassard (2018) 20. oktoobril tähistas Gymnastics Ontario oma 50. sünnipäeva auhinnatseremooniaga, kus Evelyn Koop, Kalev Estienne Rhythmic Gymnastics Centres’i asutaja ja juht sai kõrge tunnustuse: Dr. Gene Sutton Special Achievement Award’i.
Dr. Gene Sutton oli amatöörspordi „ikoon“ Hamiltoni piirkonnas, ja Evelyn Koop on hoidnud au sees tema pärandit läbi eluaegsete saavutuste rütmilise võimlemise alal.
Juku Gold “Eestlus on minule andnud palju; see on rikastanud minu elu, ja avanud mitmeid uksi. Eesti meelsus annab mulle unikaalse identiteedi riigis ja globaliseeritud maailmas, kus on üha raskem leida kuuluvust ja kogukonda”
[Being Estonian has given me a lot; it has enriched my life and opened many doors. It gives me a unique identity here in Canada and in the globalized world, where it is becoming ever harder to find a sense of belonging and community.]
Josh “Juku” Gold is one of seven exceptional young people in the Canadian-Estonian community to receive a 2018 EFC scholarship who you will read about in the coming months. He is in his 4th year at the University of Toronto majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies, European Studies and Political Science. This summer, Juku completed an internship at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn. In May 2018 the National Post published his article, “Cyber warfare is the new reality. Canada’s allies are offering help. We should take it.” An accomplished student, Juku also competed for Estonia at the European Swimming championships this summer in Scotland.
Eelmises Eesti Elu numbris (#39, 28.09.2018 lk 11) ,,Report on the 22nd EGO Folf Tournament“ artiklis olid 2. koha saanud naiste segavõistkonna nimed ekslikud. Õiged nimed 2. koha saanud võistkonnas olid Marlene Kuutan, Riina Klaas, Tiiu Tõnisson ja Maimu Schaer.
Photo by Peeter Põldre (2018)
On September 22nd, 2018, 65 golfers registered to play at the 22nd Annual EGO Golf Tournament at the beautiful Nobleton Lakes Golf Course just north of Nobleton, Ontario. The weather was the perfect fall day at 17 degrees and sunny.
As the golfers arrived for registration at 11:00 am they were received by hot coffee and kringel. The kringels were donated by Ülle Veltmann Catering. Lunch was a choice of hamburger or sausage on a bun. After lunch the golfers took part in the putting contest run by Tony Kadai.
After a group photo, Jon Mozes, the Nobleton Lakes Golf Course Pro welcomed the EGO golfers and went over some of the rules pertaining to the scramble play. Jaak Jarve, EGO president also welcomed this year’s golfers and notified everybody of the new category of play for the “240” scramble players (where all four members’ ages add up to over 240).
Photo: www.siseministeerium.ee The Parliament of Estonia adopted amendments to the Citizenship Act expanding the Estonian language learning opportunities for people who seek Estonian citizenship.
During the upcoming year Estonia will start providing the so called citizen agreements for free Estonian language courses and for obtaining a paid study leave from work. „A prerequisite for the acquisition of Estonian citizenship is the knowledge of the Estonian language.
Likewise, the knowledge of the language is a prerequisite for better integration in the Estonian society,“ said Andres Anvelt, Minister of the Interior. „If a person has made a decision to contribute to the Estonian society and seek Estonian citizenship, the State will provide free language courses and paid leave from work in order to attend them,“ the Minister added.
Kadri Voorand - foto: A. Hermann (2018) Meie Kanada eesti kogukond tekitab kadedust mitmetes diasporaa kogukondades. Meil on rohkelt vabatahtlikke, laiapõhjaline mitmeid põlvkondi hõlmav osalus kultuuris, tihe seos üksteisega ning igal aastal pakume ja naudime me suurel hulgal üritusi. Me oleme väike kogukond, kuidas me sellega hakkame saame?
Lisaks ajale ja teadmistele, mida paljud kogukonna liikmed annetavad, peitub saladus märkimisväärses toetuses, mida meie organisatsioonid saavad Eesti Sihtkapitalilt Kanadas ja selle annetajatelt. Lihtsalt öeldes, ESK toetus aitab hoida meie kõrgetasemelisi tegemisi taskukohaste ja jätkusuutlikena, et neid saaksid nautida nii osalejad, publik kui terve kogukond.
Kaks korda aastas toetab ESK rahaliselt projektide ja organisatsioonide programme ja üritusi, mis rikastavad ja kaasavad Kanada Eesti kogukonda. Sellel kevadel vaatas ESK juhatus läbi üle 25 mitmekesise avalduse rahaliseks toetuseks. Nende hulgas oli uusi, innovatiivseid eriprojekte kui ka laagreid ning organisatsioone, kelle jaoks jätkuv rahaline toetus on eluliselt tähtis.
Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas. Photo: John-Paul Luc (2018)
Our Canadian-Estonian community is the envy of many diaspora communities. We have countless volunteers, broad-based multi-generational participation in culture, a tight-knit connection with each other, and we continue to offer and enjoy an incredible breadth of activities each year. We are a small community, so how do we do it?
Along with the time and expertise donated by so many community members, the secret is the significant support our organizations receive from the Estonian Foundation of Canada and its donors. Simply put, EFC support helps keep our activities of high quality, affordable and sustainable for participants, audiences and our whole community.
Twice a year, EFC grants funding to qualifying projects and organizations for activities and events that enrich and engage the Canadian-Estonian community. This spring, the EFC Board reviewed over 25 diverse requests for financial support, ranging from new, innovative special projects to camps and organizations for whom the ongoing funding is vital.
2018 Seedrioru Suvihari and Laulupäev celebrations, sponsored by EFC, were expanded this year for Estonia100 and the incredible performances served as a true testament to our community and our heritage. Choirs from Hamilton, Toronto, US and Estonia treated the audience to a North American Laulupidu, Terminaator from Estonia performed at night, and the community came together to celebrate our unique culture all weekend.
EV100 celebrations across Canada weren’t just for Independence Day. Our vibrant community continues to mark this important anniversary all year. Estonian Music Week, sponsored in part by EFC, was an amazing gift to the community and to Estonia. The Alberta Estonian Heritage Society combined their celebrations with Midsummer Night’s Eve festivities with EFC support. Still upcoming, a September Baltic 100 conference and events in Toronto and a Baltic 100 concert in Montreal keep bringing our community together this year.
Attendance is stable and even increasing at the Estonian summer camps at Jõekääru and Seedrioru. Why? In part because support from the Estonian Foundation helps keep them affordable and attractive so families keep coming back. Camps receive financial support for each child per week as well as for the required camp insurance each year. Knowing that they can depend on support from EFC helps camp organizers focus on their mission: creating memorable experiences and friendships for Estonian-heritage kids to have fun, and learn the culture and language.
Two other great traditions receiving EFC support and including EV100 celebrations in their programming are Metsaülikool, which focused on volunteerism, and EstDocs, featuring a bigger festival with added Baltic cooperation this year. EFC is proud to have been a founding sponsor.
Across Canada, EFC supports the ambitious documentation projects of the Estonian Archive in Vancouver, as well as the Vancouver Estonian Society library, Jaanipäev celebrations, and the quarterly magazine Postipoiss. Sponsorship of Golf Tournaments in Montreal and Toronto, and the Baltic Cup Hockey Tournament also supports sporting events where Canadian-Estonians come together.
EFC is a major supporter of language and cultural education across Canada including significant support for schools in Hamilton, Montreal and Toronto. Each year, EFC awards honoraria to graduates of the Toronto Estonian Schools in recognition of their dedication and achievements in Estonian culture and language. This year, EFC Director and former President Lia Hess presented EFC honoraria to Liia Holmberg, Johanna Kiik, Isabelle Laanemaa-Paskov, Alexander Meiusi, Kaili Meiusi, and Genevieve Perron.
EFC also offers scholarships to post-secondary students in 2nd year or above each year. Congratulations to the 2018 EFC Scholarship recipients Joshua Gold, Liis Jõgi, Erik Kadai, Mark Pettinen, Elin Sõber-Williams and Emilie Tamtik who will each be featured here in the coming months.
Our community is anchored by our dedicated seniors to whom we are incredibly grateful for building the foundations of Estonian life in Canada. Their children and grandchildren, our youth, make us all proud and remind us that with talent, commitment and community support, there is a bright future ahead for Estonians in Canada.
Funded solely by donations and bequests from the community, the Estonian Foundation of Canada is a registered charity that supports Estonian cultural and heritage initiatives across Canada. Donations are accepted at any time. To learn more about the Foundation or to make a donation, call 416-465-5600 or visit www.estonianfoundation.ca
EFC accepts applications for funding grants twice a year: October 15 and April 15. All applications are reviewed by the Board of Directors according to rigorous review criteria and CRA Guidelines for charitable foundations. Starting in 2019, scholarship applications will be accepted in November.
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