All systems are in full gear for the International Estonian Centre (IEC). Progress in key areas was presented at the March 10th Community Engagement Session held at the Estonian House in Toronto.
Project management, design and the capital campaign have marked major strides forward in recent months and members of the Estonian community came out to hear first-hand about work on all fronts.
Paul Lillakas of Toronto opened the session, and spoke about the impetus behind his family’s donation to the IEC Capital Campaign.
Paul is a third-generation Estonian and represents the Põldma and Lillakas families, who have become Viru Vanemad donors. The family unanimously decided to support the IEC in honour of their parents and grandparents Meinhard and Selma Põldma, who were vibrant and active members of Toronto’s Estonian community.
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For the Põldma and Lillakas families, the decision was unanimous.
“This is a team effort from our family,” said family spokesperson Paul Lillakas of Toronto. “We represent the second and third generation of Estonians and are fully committed to helping our culture thrive. It’s up to us to carry this forward.”
“We are honouring our grandparents, who were such a positive influence on us, and who did so much for the Estonian community.”
The Lillakas and Põldma families – children and grandchildren of Meinhard and Selma Põldma – have pooled personal resources to make a Viru Vanemad family legacy donation to the new International Estonian Centre (IEC).
Möödunud nädal oli International Estonian Centre jaoks põnev: tehnilised joonised on ehitusloa saamiseks esitatud Toronto linnale.
"See on oluline verstapost," ütleb IEC juhtkomitee esimees Ellen Valter. "Projekt on astunud suure sammu edasi, et tuua lähemale hetk, mil saame labida maasse lüüa! Tunnistan, et kogu protsess on olnud üsna keeruline ja mul on ülimalt hea meel, et oleme sellega lõpule jõudnud. Minu tänu ei lähe mitte ainult projektijuht David Kalmile ja arhitekt Alar Kongatsile nende järjepideva töö eest kõigi pusletükkide õigesse kohta paigutamisel, vaid ka igale kapitalikampaania käigus üles astunud toetajale, kelle huvi ja panus on projekti edasi viinud. "
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