Estonian Centre Project - International Estonian Centre
Toronto kesklinna rajatav Rahvusvaheline Eesti Keskus on dünaamiline koht, mis tutvustab meie rikkalikku pärandit ja edendab Eesti innovatsiooni. See on elujõuline kooskäimise paik, kus erinevatest põlvkondadest erineva taustaga eestlased saavad üksteisega lävida ja pühitseda koos tähtsündmusi ning jagada meie kultuuri ja saavutusi nii omavahel kui ka terve maailmaga. (Avamine 2021).
The new Estonian Centre (to be located at 9 and 11 Madison Avenue in downtown Toronto) will consolidate the largest Estonian community in Canada.
Southern Ontario is home to one of the largest community of Estonians in the world outside of Estonia. We have contributed to Canada’s cultural diversity and economic diversity for more than 60 years. Our forefathers and mothers worked hard to build a new life and familiar institutions when they arrived in this country with little more than a suitcase of memories to help them get started.
The new Estonian Centre will be a vibrant hub—as part of an “Eesti Keskus”, or “Estonian Village” next to neighbour Tartu College. It will consolidate services, community events and organizations into one location that will serve the Estonian community now and for future generations. While the two centres will remain separate, there will be opportunities for cost sharing, event synergies, collaboration and exploration of new ideas and cultural links that will be further developed.
The Estonian Centre project is guided by the heads of boards of four major Estonian Canadian organizations. This project has the endorsement and approval of the boards of all these organizations:
- Tartu College (Jaan Meri, President)
- Estonian Credit Union (Ellen Valter, Chair, Board of Directors)
- Estonian Foundation of Canada (Eva Varangu, President)
- Estonian House (Veiko Parming, President)