VEMU Heritage Collection Campaign: Gift for Estonia 100: Significant Canadian Estonian Cultural Figures

September 8, 2016

As part of the Eesti Vabariik 100 (Republic of Estonia 100) celebrations in 2018, the Estonian Studies Centre/VEMU would like to create a gift -an exhibit and a book- that reflects the accomplishments of Canadian Estonians who have made a contribution to both the Estonian and Canadian arts and culture. Be they musicians, composers, singers, dancers, actors, filmmakers, writers, poets, directors, artists, designers and others; they are individuals who have stood out in their field. We would like to recognize these individuals who live or have lived in our midst.

In order to accomplish this task, we are asking for your input. Please fill out this anonymous form and list 10 Canadian Estonians who you would nominate for consideration. Encourage your Estonian friends and family to do the same. Remember that we wish to recognize those Estonian individuals who have left their footprint on Canada, not just in our Estonian community. From your suggestions, we will pick the top 25 nominees and create a lasting tribute. Each chosen individual will be represented by a short biography with a summary of their contributions to our culture and a pictorial remembrance.

Our intent is to collect your suggestions during the spring and summer of 2016. A working group established by the Estonian Studies Centre will compile a list of the 25 most nominated individuals. Once this list is compiled, the working group will begin researching these individuals and gathering material. Our goal is to have the finished exhibit and book ready to present to the Estonian Government in time for the 2018 celebration. Copies of the book will be presented to other appropriate institutions as well.

If you have any questions or comments about this project or would like to offer your help, please contact:, t. 416 925 9405.

Nominated Individual                          Area of Cultural Contribution                          Additional Comments

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Return this completed form by September 30th, 2016 to: Estonian Studies Centre/VEMU (310 Bloor St. W., Toronto ON M5S 1W4 or

The survey can also be completed online:

Feel free to make copies and encourage Estonian family and friends to complete one also.