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The Foreign Ministry Acknowledged Citizen Diplomacy Promoters in Honour of Citizen’s Day

09.12.2013

On 26 November, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet acknowledged numerous excellent promoters of citizen diplomacy, who have noticeably helped to introduce Estonia abroad and deepen relations with other countries, with certificates of honour in order to mark the occasion of Citizen’s Day. The day was also celebrated with on open doors day at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, every Estonian can contribute to raising Estonia’s profile and reputation abroad through citizen diplomacy. “We would like to encourage and support citizen diplomacy in every way. Direct communication helps to introduce Estonia and intensify relations with other countries,” said Foreign Minister Paet. “We value the contributions of those individuals who have voluntarily taken it upon themselves to introduce Estonia and preserve Estonian-ness abroad,” added the foreign minister.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is giving certificates of honour for citizen diplomacy on Citizen’s Day for the fourth time. Certificates are given to individuals who have volunteered to extensively and noticeably contribute to promoting a positive image of Estonia in their countries of location.

This year, the Foreign Ministry thanks and acknowledges:

Maret Roman, the chairwoman of the Kabardino-Balkaria Estonian Association, for the ardent preservation of the Estonian language and traditions in the autonomous Kabardino-Balkar Republic and for maintenance of contacts between Caucasian Estonia and Estonia.
Igor Uibo, the long-time leader of cultural and economic relations between Estonia and the Alsace region, for his activeness in introducing Estonia.

Lembe Lokk, the reviver, teacher, and long-time leader of the Estonian School in Paris, for the advancement of the Estonian language and culture in France

Katerina Kesa, the reviver, teacher, and long-time leader of the Estonian School in Paris, for the advancement of the Estonian language and culture in France.

Urve Landers, the initiator of friendly relations between Carcassonne and Tallinn, for leading and preserving connections between the two. 

Ditte Folke Kikkert Henriksen, the young Danish Estophile, for advancing Estonia’s friendly public diplomacy in both the private and public sectors. 

Veronika Mahtina, the member of the board of the St. Petersburg Estonian Cultural Association, member of the committee that publishes the Peterburi Teataja, and member of the folk art ensemble “Neevo”, for advancing Estonian culture and Estonian-ness in Russia.

Indrek Tammeaid, for developing and deepening the relations between Estonian and Finnish institutions of higher education and research.

Triinu Viilukas, for upholding the long-term study of the Estonian language in the University of Vienna and for excellent cooperation with the Embassy of Estonia in Vienna in the field of culture. 

Ruth Dorn, for her year-long work and effort in leading the Estonian School in Vienna and teaching the Estonian language to Estonia children in Austria.

Ülle Baum, for her year-long dedication to introducing Estonia in Canada, initiating cultural events, and organising media attention to Estonia-related events in Ottawa.

Lea Krenin, for preserving and advancing Estonian-ness in Scotland.

Aili Nurk, the founder and leader of the Estonian School in London, for teaching the Estonian language and preserving Estonian-ness in England.

Kaire Varma-Gylis, the active member of the board of the Lithuania Estonian Association, for the energetically advancing business relations with Lithuania and leading the Estonia-Lithuania Chamber of Commerce.

Nikolai Barannik, the head of the Andreapol region, for organising and supporting events connected to the history of Estonians in the Andreapol region, as well as for advancing the study of local lore and local history.

Nina Barannik, the director of the archive department of the regional government of Andreapol, for organising and supporting events connected to the history of Estonians in the Andreapol region, as well as for advancing the study of local lore and local history.

Karin Laansoo, for introducing contemporary Estonian culture in New York and for creating a platform for young Estonian artists to introduce ideas and initiate new collaborative projects in New York.
Jan Erik Holst, the editor-in-chief of the Norwegian Film Institute for his year-long activity in introducing Estonia culture and film in Norway.

Elvira Rusanova, the director of the local lore museum of the Firovo region of Tver Oblast, for contributing to the diligent and dedicated collection and preservation of Estonian cultural lore in Russia. 

Mark Rõbak, the founder of the Estonian Jewish Museum and active member of the Estonian Jewish community, for preserving and introducing Estonian cultural and historical heritage in Israel.

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