KESKUS team grows!

Updated: May 29

Update #100

The award-winning design of KESKUS











The team looking after getting KESKUS International Estonian Centre built and operational continues to evolve and grow. The Centre’s design is coming to life and is already a Canadian Architect Award of Merit winner. KESKUS is being built in the heart of Toronto, North America’s 4th largest city with the dedication and persistence of an ever-growing team.


As KESKUS constructs its foundation, both literally and figuratively, the project team has evolved the breadth of expertise needed to bring the vision to life:


Taimi Hooper has joined as Estonian Arts Centre’s (EAC) Donations Manager. Taimi is also principal at Porchlight Media an event planning company based out of Cambridge, Ontario. Hedy Läets, a broadcast media student at Toronto’s Centennial College, has joined as EAC’s capital campaign technical support, working with Mark Gryfe, EAC’s fundraising consultant.


As previously noted, Emily Baillie joined as Digital Media Strategist in developing the communications through to KESKUS operations. Viivi Sillart-Metsala maintains the accounting records with regular reporting reviewed by directors. Urve Tamberg’s role as Executive Manager of the Steering Committee ended with her appointment to the EAC board. Ellen Valter, having chaired the Steering Committee for several years agreed to provide her expertise on legal and governance matters, as well as supporting KESKUS on communications and fundraising as Project Lead. In so doing, Ellen recuses herself from commercial matters relating to Northern Birch Credit Union, of which she currently is Board Chair. David Kalm continues as Development Manager working closely with Construction Manager Bill Waters and KESKUS architect Alar Kongats. Additionally, several other Estonian community members continue to consult on the build in their professional capacities.


These team members are in addition to an ever growing roster of volunteers including the International Estonian Centre Inc. (IECI) board members and the EAC board members, the contributors to capturing the build footage, translating articles, and those assisting with build, fit out and tenanting such as the contributions of Hans Kukk and many others KESKUS will profile soon. On top of this are the chairing contributions to the capital campaign that President Ilves, Mihkel Liik, Andy Prozes and Riina and Allan Hess provide, as well as the support of numerous donors, volunteers, advisors, and cheerleaders. The four organizations that founded the KESKUS project, Estonian House in Toronto Limited, Northern Birch Credit Union, Estonian Foundation of Canada and Tartu College continue to champion the Centre.


The project is in good hands with the IECI board providing oversight. KESKUS is looking forward to groundbreaking and becoming the showcase in which we all can take great pride!


Get involved and help support our future


Please join our growing list of capital campaign donors! KESKUS donor categories are Kalevipoja Laud for gifts $100,000 and above (including naming rights for specific areas), Viru Vanemad for gifts $10,000 and above, and Kungla Rahvas for gifts under $10,000. The launch of the Kungla Rahvas campaign is slated for June 2021.

To make a donation, please contact donations@estoniancentre.ca. Donations may be made as a family gift, or in honour of an individual or family. All Canadian and U.S. donations will be issued a tax receipt.


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