COVID-19 in our community

April 1, 2020

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy given these challenging and uncertain times.  The Estonian Central Council in Canada (EKN) is leading an outreach initiative of Estonians supporting and helping other Estonians, by reaching out to members of our community that need help or those that can offer help.

Are there any members of our Ottawa Estonian community that should not or cannot get out to shop for groceries and the like?
Are you someone that could assist those in quarantine or self-isolation with food delivery or other support?

If you need help or can help, please contact our local EKN member Paul Läänemets at 613-505-9777 or via e-mail at:


Productive AGM

March 8, 2020

The OES Annual General Meeting held on Sunday March 8, was well attended with over 25 participants. After a review of the past year’s activities and report of the current financial status, a lively brain storming session followed providing many good ideas for future planning.  Thank you to Liisa and Arno for providing such delicious, traditional baked goods.


Annual General meeting

February 21, 2020

OES AGM 2020

Bright Nights: Baltic-Nordic Film Festival

January 31, 2020

This year, the festival will run from Wednesday, February 19th – Wednesday, February 26th and will be held in the Alma Duncan Salon of the beautiful Ottawa Art Gallery (10 Daly Ave).

On Wednesday,  Feb. 19 @ 7pm, the Estonian film, Take It Or Leave It, a story about a regular blue-collar man navigating single parenthood for the first time, will be screened. Click here for more details

Complete information on the festival, films, and tickets can be found on the Canadian Film Institute’s website.

Joulupuu Fun

January 4, 2020


Church musical ensamble – Margus, Margit and Jan


Verivorstid and sauerkraut are served.



Ene, Ulle, Piret, Urve, Enel & Liisa













Jõuluvana is on his way to Jõulupuu

December 22, 2019


Jõulupuu Dec. 21

December 11, 2019

Verivorstid have been made and are ready for Jõulupuu!  Don’t forget to register with our treasurer, Mario Oimet, at by Friday December 13 and indicate what you will bring.



November 25, 2019

The OES Christmas Church Service and Christmas gathering is on Saturday December 21, at the Latvian Church, 83 Main St., Ottawa

The Christmas Church Service will take place at 3 p.m. and the Christmas gathering will follow in the church basement at 4:30 p.m.

Santa Claus will be arriving from the North Pole with gifts for children and looks forward to hearing poems and songs from children.  If you wish Santa to bring your children a  present please register with Liia Howe at by Friday December 13th .

For the potluck meal, the Society will provide sausages, sauerkraut and drinks. We ask everyone to contribute a dish to share with others. If you have not already done so, please tell our treasurer, Mario Oimet, at by Friday December 13 what you will bring.

The Christmas gathering is free for Society members and $20 per family for non-members. Donations are always welcome.

Save the date for Jõulupuu

October 30, 2019

The OES Christmas get-together with church service will take place on Saturday December 21 at 3:00 p.m. Further details will be posted in November.

Estonian film The Little Comrade

October 22, 2019

The European Union Film Festival is running this year from November 16-December 8, and will feature a screening of the Estonian film The Little Comrade on Sunday, December 8th at 4pm in the Alma Duncan Salon, located in the Ottawa Art Gallery. More information, including ticket links, can be found at :
and on the Facebook event page: