February 1, 2016
TORONTO - The Estonian Central Council of Canada held their general meeting at the Estonian House in Toronto where the new assembly selected a President and new executive board.
The meeting follows elections that were held in December across Canada where members of the Estonian community voted to select 37 delegates to the Central Council.
A detailed post-election report prepared by Election Committee Chair, Mari Ann Tammark, stated that over 4000 ballots had been sent out and three physical polling stations were opened in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa. 800 ballots were cast in total. The Estonian Central Council thanked Ms. Tammark and her team of community volunteers.
Koosolek algas avapalvusega, mille viis läbi Toronto Eesti Baptistikoguduse liige Charles Kipper, kes palus koosolekust osa võtjatele arukust ja tasakaalukust, lugupidamist ja vastastikust austust.
Valimistulemustest tegi põhjaliku ettekande valimiskomisjoni esimees Mari-Ann Tammark, kes rääkis nii valimiste ettevalmistamisest, läbiviimisest ja tulemustest. Rõõmustav oli valimistulemustest näha seda, et eestlased Kanadas kasvavalt hoolivad meie keelest ja kultuurist.
Teame ju ajaloost, et eestlaseks olemisse veelgi rohkem väge panna ja vallutajatele vastu astuda, koguneti 1869. aasta suvel Tartusse, Ressource'i seltsi aeda ja peeti seal Johann Voldemar Jannseni juhtimisel maha esimene üldlaulupidu. Sellest hetkest oli selge, et nii kaua kuni eestlased laulavad, kannab see väikese rahva keel edasi seda, mida võõras võim ei valluta.
In the 1950's, when many of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents came to Canada, there existed a clear understanding of who we were as an immigrant community. Our homeland had been brutally occupied by the Soviet Union. We were all refugees (pagulased). The mission of the first generation was to work hard to establish itself personally, professionally and as a community. Churches were built. Schools, scouting, relief organizations, credit unions, fraternities, sororities etc., as well as the predecessor to the Estonian Central Council (Rahvus Välisvõitlus Nõukogu) were established. Later, Tartu College was built followed by the establishment of the Chair of Estonian Studies at the University of Toronto. There were lively and engaged communities across Canada, including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie, Montreal.
"Laste heaks" roughly translates to "for the good of the children." This phrase has almost reached a propaganda-like level of repetitiveness and meaninglessness within the Estonian community.
This phrase is either spoken at events where no Estonian children are present, or is immediately ignored by young Estonians as mere rhetoric. Those who speak the phrase find comfort in saying it, as though simply uttering the words will do good and enrich our youth.
The unfortunate reality is that many organizations in our community are shrinking. People recognize this downward trend, and are quick with excuses.
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