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Community Roots Scholarship

Our 2023 scholarship applications will open up in October


We are proud to offer scholarship opportunities to students active in our local communities, who are enrolled in post-secondary education.

Congratulations to our 2022 Northern Birch Community Roots Scholarship recipients! 

Scroll down to read more about last year's recipients and their community involvement.

Aleksander Pede

A third-year student at Fanshaw College, Aleks has completed the Carpentry and Renovation Program and is now enrolled in the Building Renovation Technology Program. He has been involved in the Estonian community his entire life, from attending Estonian schools to spending his summers at Jõekääru and Kotkajärve summer camps.

Dārija Gulēns-Taube

Dārija is a third-year student at York University, studying Psychology and Political Sciences. Dārija is active in the Latvian community splitting her Friday nights singing with the Latvian choir and teaching folklore at the Latvian High School over Zoom to students in Toronto and New Jersey. She is also the Vice President of the Latvian National Youth Association in Canada, which she has been involved with since she was 16.

Darius Baginskis

In his fourth year at the University of Toronto, Darius is double majoring in Global Health and Health Studies. Darius comes from the United States but has quickly become an active part of the local Latvian community, having worked at the Toronto Saturday School, dancing with the folk group Daugavina and holding a position on the Latvian National Youth Association in Canada.


Emils Beloglazovs

Emils is in his 4th year of the Computing Program at Queen’s University. He has been involved with the Latvian community all his life, participating in Latvian Scouts, Latvian school, Latvian summer camps, and now pledging for Fraternitas Lataviensis.


Erik Kalniņš

In this fourth year of Sports Administration at Laurentian University, Erik has been an active member of the local Latvian community through his participation at Sidrabenes Nometne Summer Camp. He has participated as a counsellor, kitchen staff, and CIT coordinator, continuing to participate as a member of the Sid Nometne Committee.

Kariina Järve

Kariina is currently in her fourth year of the Concurrent Education Program at Nipissing University, majoring in Child and Family Studies. Kariina has been heavily involved in the Estonian community throughout her life. She has been part of Estonian Girl Guides, danced and taught folk dance, a participant and teacher at the Estonian Schools, and counsellor at Jõekääru summer camp. She has also worked at the Estonian retirement home, Ehatare.

Laura Nipernado

Laura is a first-year student at Carleton University, studying Criminology and Criminal Justice. She has been involved in the Estonian community all her life by participating in the Estonian Girl Guides & Brownies, and now being a Brownie Leader.

Maija Linde

Maija is a first-year student at Humber College in the Paramedic School. She has been active in the Toronto Latvian community, participating in Latvian school, various Latvian summer camps and folk dancing since childhood.

Marja-Leena Kiik

In her second year of studies at the University of Toronto, Marja-Leena is majoring in Biology and Immunology. She has been a part of the Estonian community for as long as she can remember; she worked at the Toronto Estonian Kindergarten as a music teacher, as well as at the Estonian summer camp Seedrioru as a lifeguard and camp counsellor.

Sten Puust

Sten is in his 1st year of the Automotive Engineering program at McMaster University. Sten is involved with the Estonian community through the Estonian scouts and various Estonian summer camps. He graduated Valedictorian for the Toronto Estonian School, worked with the Hamilton Estonian School, and is a member of the HES Estonian Choir.

Tory Hutchings

Tory is in their third year at the Toronto Metropolitan University studying Image Arts: Photography Studies. Tory has been involved in the Toronto Estonian community all their life, participating in the Estonian schools, Kungla folk dancing, Ritmika gymnastics, Girl Guides, summer camps, Ööbik Choir and the Estonian song festival. They are also the co-founder of Noored Eestlased Torontos.


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