About the Dutch Network.
The Dutch Network started as the Netherlands Association “Je Maintiendrai”, incorporated in 1965. The Dutch Network is a non-profit Dutch-Canadian Cultural Society based in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia. Events are organized to enable Dutch-Canadians to come together via entertaining venues to preserve, enhance, and celebrate their heritage, language and cultural traditions. We are proud we celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2015.
The Dutch Network extends a warm welcome to new immigrants and maintains a close working relationship with the Netherlands Consulate.
History of the Website
Edie Bijdemast (past president), a retired science & biology teacher living in White Rock, B.C, Canada created the first website of the Dutch Network.
Edie: “Way back in 1956, as a result of a housing shortage, my parents reluctantly decided to pack their bags and leave the Netherlands. In search of better opportunities, they immigrated to Canada. Back then, I was a 5 year old with my nose & hands pressed light against any available window space during the entire trip! Although now a devoted Canadian citizen, like so many other immigrants, my original heritage still calls to me. Thus, the web site has been designed in an effort to enable fellow Dutch-Canadians to come together to share & enjoy the best of both cultures.”
Board of the Dutch Network
The Board 2016-17.
From top left to right: Peter Buree, Saskia Zeedijk, Rick de Looff, Sandra Poppema, and Bill Stroet.
Bottom left to right: Barbara Buree, Adriana Zylmans, Jack Leon, Betty Leon, and Sandra van Ark.
For more historical data about the Board of Directors of the Dutch Network, click here.
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