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Who We Are

WORKING TOGETHER TO BUILD AN ESTONIAN FUTURE IN CANADA

 

The Estonian Foundation of Canada is dedicated to ensuring the legacy of Estonian Canadians and their vibrant community through broad spectrum charitable support. The EFC enables the Canadian Estonian community to continue to embrace and enrich the Canadian society, while maintaining its unique culture, traditions and institutions.

 

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Mission

The Estonian Foundation of Canada (EFC) is a registered charity supporting Estonian cultural and heritage initiatives across Canada. We connect with and support a network of institutions, organizations and people who believe in an Estonian future in Canada. Charitable No. 891452575 RR 0001
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Our People

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Our Donors

EFC relies on the generosity of donors committed to supporting the Estonian community in Canada.

Our Story

Learn more about the EFC's mission and evolution in Canada...

OUR PEOPLE

The Estonian Foundation of Canada's Board of Directors are all dedicated volunteers.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Eva Varangu
President
Mihkel Holmberg
Vice-President
Lia Hess
Treasurer
Katrin Roop
Secretary
Martin Pede
Assistant Treasurer
Peeter Põldre
Director
Elli Kipper
Director
Maris-Ann Vanaselja
Director
Martin Weiler
Director

Our Story

The Estonian communities in Eastern Canada and on the West Coast were founded primarily by war refugees who came to Canada in the early 1950s. Tens of thousands of refugees fled the illegal occupation of Estonia by the Soviet Union which was marked by mass deportations, widespread targeted executions and the focused repression of the Estonian people. During the years of Soviet occupation, the preservation of the Estonian language and the continuation of its folklore and traditions here in Canada was a critical, difficult yet vitally important task. Numerous organizations and groups were formed.

The Foundation evolved as a central organization to simplify the choices for donors and to ensure all donations stayed in Canada to support the Estonian community here. We continue to provide the financial support to keep Estonian institutions and initiatives thriving in Canada, and include and educate future generations of Canadians about Estonia.

 

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

The EFC works closely with agent organizations and partners in the Estonian community across Canada.

OUR DONORS

Through the generosity of our donors, the Estonian Foundation of Canada is able to support organizations, events, and programs across the country. Thank you for believing that an Estonian future in Canada is important!

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EFC

The Estonian Foundation of Canada is a registered charity that supports Estonian cultural and heritage initiatives across Canada.

Charitable No. 891452575 RR 0001

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