Voluntariatul şi construirea comunităţilor (interviu cu consulul onorific Iulian Calinov) /Tiberiu Dianu

Consulul onorific Iulian Calinov

Iulian Calinov s-a născut în anul 1967 la Bucureşti, România. Este absolvent al Universităţii Politehnica din Bucureşti, Facultatea de Inginerie Electrică (licenţă, 1992) şi al Academiei de Studii Economice din Bucureşti (masterat, 1997). Studiază la Loughborough University din Leicestershire, Marea Britanie (bursier, 1991-1992). Este asistent universitar la Universitatea Politehnica din Bucureşti şi, în paralel, lucrează ca inginer de sisteme software la diverse companii din România (1992-1998). Ulterior lucrează ca director de programe pentru compania Microsoft în Redmond, Washington (1998-2018) şi apoi ca director de programe tehnice pentru compania Facebook (din 2018 până în prezent).

Iulian Calinov îndeplineşte funcţia de preşedinte, apoi cea de secretar al Societăţii Româno-Americane din statul Washington (2010-2018). Ulterior lucrează pentru Fundaţia Alianţa ca director de programe şi membru în comitetul de conducere (din 2016 până în prezent). Domnul Calinov îndeplineşte şi funcţia de Consul Onorific al României în oraşul Seattle din statul Washingon (din 2016 până în prezent).

L-am întâlnit pe domnul Iulian Calinov la 16 noiembrie 2018 la Ambasada României de la Washington, DC, în cadrul unei gale-simpozion pe probleme de politică, securitate, management și cultură, eveniment sponsorizat de organizaţia ALIANȚA (Alianța – Prietenii Alianței Româno-Americane).

În cadrul evenimentului am avut un scurt interviu cu domnul consul onorific.

1. Stimate domnule Iulian Calinov, sunteţi consul onorific al României la Seattle, statul Washington. Ce atribuţii aveţi pe această linie privind comunitatea românască de pe coasta Pacificului?

Vă mulţumesc pentru posibilitatea de interviu. Oficial, practic, nu am… nu sunt angajat al statului român, toată activitatea mea este voluntară. Ideea noastră la Seattle este să urmăm modelul folosit de alte comunităţi etnice din Statele Unite, un model de succes dacă ne gândim, să spunem, la irlandezi, la italieni, să nu spunem şi alte naţii, dar au un succes extraordinar în promovarea propriei comunităţi, în a-şi face vocea auzită, atât în Statele Unite, cât şi în ţara de origine. Asta nu se face peste noapte pentru că, din păcate, există o istorie destul de dureroasă pentru unii. Şi ce încercăm noi să facem este să construim ideea asta pe termen lung, da, de a uni comunităţi împreună, atât în beneficiul comunităţii aici, cât şi în beneficiul României. Cam asta vrem noi să facem.

2. Mulţumesc mult. Sunteţi, de asemenea, şi secretar al Societăţii româno-americane din statul Washington. Ce realizări are societatea pe linia promovării culturii româneşti în Statele Unite?

Da, deci asociaţia ROAS [Romanian American Society/Societatea româno-americană], de care menţionaţi, s-a unit acum un an cu ARCS [American Romanian Cultural Society/Societatea culturală româno-americană] şi aţi văzut astăzi realizările ARCS. Da, programul de limba română pentru copii la liceu, avem patruzeci de copii care au limba română pe diploma oficială emisă de statul Washington. Asta cred că e o realizare cu care ne mândrim pentru că e o realizare cumva pe termen lung în scopul pe care l-am menţionat anterior. Iar acei copii, pentru tot restul vieţii lor, vor avea limba română şi se vor gândi la lucrul ăsta. Da, de asemenea, foarte important, [avem] cinci festivaluri consecutive, cinci ani la rând Festival de film românesc. Începem să extindem mult mai multe programe de limba română pentru copiii mai tineri, tabere româneşti. Astea sunt doar câteva, avem foarte multe, dar astea probabil sunt cele mai importante.

3. Vă mulţumesc mult. Ultima întrebare, care sunt, în opinia dumneavoastră, cele mai bune practici de voluntariat şi de construire a comunităţilor?

Cele mai bune practici sunt legate de motivarea comunităţii. Şi comunitatea se motivează, în principiu, foarte uşor dacă le dai [comunităţilor] această oportunitate. Şi, de multe ori, e legat, pur şi simplu, de recunoaştere. Da, deci în calitatea de consul onorific n-am ezitat niciodată să dau recomandări tinerilor care s-au implicat. Părinţii sunt foarte recunoscători pentru asta. Efectiv, [referitor la] activităţile pe care le facem cu limba română cu toată lumea [din comunitate], n-am primit niciun fel de critică la adresa acestor activităţi şi toată lumea este foarte pornită să voluntarieze. Deci, practic, vino în întâmpinarea comunităţii şi comunitatea îţi va răspunde foarte pe cuprins.

4. Vă mulțumesc mult, domnule consul.

Cu mare plăcere.

 

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Variante ale articolului au fost publicate în INTELLECTUAL CONSERVATIVE şi MEDIUM.

 

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