MEET THE TEAM

President – Freeke Quik

Life in Singapore for many people is very comfortable. Singapore is a wealthy state and has a lot of luxury to offer. But unfortunately, like in many first world countries, poverty remains a problem for a small group. Mostly it’s hidden behind closed doors. For these people the sun doesn’t always shine on this tropical island.

In the Netherlands I worked as a public health doctor in youth healthcare. Health and poverty are inextricably linked. Unfortunately I cannot do this medical work in Singapore.

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But with the NCA I hope to make a small contribution in poverty relief for those who don’t benefit from Singapores wealth by raising money for our charities and organizing activities to help people have food, fun or other things that give a little sunshine in their lives.

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Vice-President – Patricia Arkenbout

In the summer of 2019, my husband, three children and I moved from The Netherlands to Singapore to experience an adventure abroad together as a family. Since then I have mostly experienced the bright side and benefits of this country. Although I really enjoy this side, my desire in getting to know the other side of this interesting country has always been there too.

Therefore I am very happy and excited to have joined the NCA as Vice President. Together with the other enthusiastic and dedicated board members I am very driven to contribute in giving something back to Singapore by supporting the charities NCA has chosen.

Treasurer – Sabina Talstra

In August 2018, I moved to Singapore together with my husband and our two kids. It’s our first time abroad and I knew little about Singapore. It’s a great opportunity to be here and get to know this part of the world, so we are happy to be here. Although Singapore is known as a rich and well-developed country, I found out there is more poverty here, than you can see at first sight.

When I heard about the NCA, I was happy to join them in helping the less priviliged people in Singapore. In the Netherlands I used to work as a controller and I will also use my experience as the treasurer of the NCA.

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Being a volunteer for the NCA is for me a way to get to know other aspects of Singapore and Singaporians. Together with a great team of volunteers, we hope to make a difference for the people in need here.

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Secretary – Lyke Schouten

I have moved with my family to Singapore in the summer of 2019. After settling in I was looking forward to becoming more involved with some charity work. I really like that the NCA focuses on charities geared to persons falling between the cracks of society. It also gives me the chance to have a different outlook on Singapore and its people, which I find enriching.

Marketing & Communications – Meike de Both

When you live in a ‘bubble’ like Singapore it is hard to imagine that there is also poverty and families that are not able to feed their hungry children and pay for their education. It is therefore that I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the NCA board as their MarCom member. With this role I can contribute to the ripple effect we are creating by giving back to Singapore and bridging the gap between our expat community and the less privileged. 

Before moving to Singapore almost two years ago, I have been volunteering and serving the board of service organisations in both Amsterdam and New York.

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The experience I have had with the NCA so far has been great. The team is very driven, enthusiastic and dedicated to do whatever they can do to raise money for our charities and organise meaningful activities for them. Looking forward to meeting you soon at one of our volunteering events!

 

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Marketing & Communications – Marieke van der Linden

Having moved to Singapore in the midst of the COVID-pandemic (summer 2020) makes me strongly motivated to support the underprivileged in Singapore. Although Singapore is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the COVID-pandemic is widening the inequality gap and poverty is also an issue in Singapore.

It is therefore that I am very enthusiastic about working for the NCA and doing something good during these challenging times. Many years of experience in working for multiple NGO’s and for the Dutch local and national government I hope I can contribute via the NCA to a more inclusive society.

COMMITTEES

Apart from the Board, the NCA organization consists of several committees, which work together in close cooperation. If you are interested joining us, click here , or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Our committees:

  • Marketing and Communication (MarCom)
  • Events
  • Workshops

Meet more People of NCA or find out how you can support and participate.

(Note that all our committee members are volunteers and do not receive any payment nor do they receive compensation for expenses.)

 

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