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Dave Kiil

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Dave Kiil was born in 1936 on the island of Saaremaa, Estonia – the second-largest island in the Baltic Sea. In 1944, Dave’s family made the difficult decision of fleeing their country when Soviet forces arrived commencing an unwelcome occupation that lasted some fifty years.

Dave attended high school and university in Toronto, graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry in 1960. His career in forestry took him to Calgary to initiate a forest fire research program in the province of Alberta.

Following several trips to the land of his ancestors, Dave’s interests shifted to family history research and involvement in the Edmonton Estonian Society. In 2004, he contributed to the formation of the Alberta Estonian Heritage Society, a province-wide organization dedicated to preserve Estonian heritage.

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