NCA Annual General Meeting 2018

On Thursday 3rd of May 2018 our Annual General Meeting took place at the Hollandse Club.

2017 was a successful year for NCA. President Sheila Bouwman opened the AGM at 8:10pm and presented the activities we organize for and with our charities. A few highlights:

  • We kicked off 2017 by hosting a successful Lucky Draw at the New Year’s reception of ADB- DutchCham at the Dutch Embassy.
  • NCA partnered with ABN AMRO Wooden Shoe Tournament – a charity tournament organized by the Dutch Hockey Community for the Singapore Hockey Community – and over SGD 3,000 was raised to help the underprivileged in Singapore.
  • In collaboration with seven Communications and New Media students from the National University of Singapore the Campaign #BridgeShareCare was created – bridging the gap between people from different lives, sharing the love and caring for the less privileged in Singapore.
  • An awesome amount of ‘The Book of Walks’ was generously donated to NCA by Pleun Brevet and Sandra Delvers.
  • With the Garage Sale organized in May and December we not only raised a great amount of money, but we also made a lot of other charities happy. So nothing went to waste and smiles all over!
  • Next to our successful monthly Bingo mornings at SILRA, we surprised the elderly residents again with Christmas presents of their wish list.

In total we were able to donate almost SGD 50,000 to 5 selected charities in 2016. Check out the President’s Report for more details regarding our activities and the charity events we organized in 2017.

NCA’s treasurer, Willemijn Hamaker, then presented the yearly Financial statement which was approved, including the new membership fee of SGD 50,- in 2018 celebrating NCA’s 50 Years of Giving.

The meeting then officially approved the new board:

  • Antoinette van den Berg – President
  • Rashmi Baya– Vice-President (new)
  • Marlies Broek – Secretary
  • Willemijn Hamaker-Dorrepaal – Treasurer
  • Karen Nix – Marketing & Communication Manager (new)

Before the new president Antoinette started to talk about the outlook for 2018, Sheila expressed her warm appreciation to the committee members, volunteers and all others who supported the Netherlands Charity Association over the years.

After the official part of the evening, Karien van Ditzhuijzen from HOME passionately talked about the great work of HOME as well as the new book they recently launched: ”Our Homes, Our Stories”. With this book domestic workers offer a look through their eyes about growing up in their home countries, traveling to Singapore, adjusting, coping with being homesick and dealing with abusive employers.