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Dutch Network Newsletter - Edition Summer 2017

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Summer 2017

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Summer Edition

This is the summer edition of the newsletter, covering the remainder of July, and August. The regular, monthly newsletter will return in September.

Enjoy your summer!

Upcoming Pub Nights

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Pub Nights! It's an excellent time to maintain your Dutch and socialize with other people in the community, while enjoying great food and drinks.

  • Wednesday, August 2nd: From 7.30 pm at London Bull Pub in Langley, unit B - 20090 91A Avenue.
  • Wednesday, August 16th: From 7.30 pm at New Oxford Pub in Vancouver, 1144 Homer Street.

Please confirm your attendance in the Meetup group, via WhatsApp, or by emailing

Dutch Language School "De Esdoorn" accepting new students

The Dutch school is accepting students as of September 2017.

They provide Dutch language and culture courses for students aged 4-12. Older children are welcome too.

Courses are taught to children who speak and understand Dutch, and children who do not speak it (yet).

Locations: New Westminster and Vancouver. If there is enough interest, it will be possible to also teach at another location within the Lower Mainland.

For more information about the lessons, please contact De Esdoorn:

Email: info@esdoorn .ca
Phone: 778-996-1720

Tsawwassen artist transforms car into 'real showstopper'

From Delta Optimist:

Tsawwassen artist Jeroen Vermeulen has picked an interesting way to get his work out there.

He's had one of his large abstract paintings professionally wrapped around his 2008 S450 Mercedes.

"I think, for me, it was a way to bring my art to the public," he told the Optimist.

People have been pointing at his car and coming up to talk to him about it, he said.

"It's a real showstopper."

Vermeulen, 70, described the art now adorning his car as a modern abstract piece and a Jackson Pollock-like painting.

The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen member, who's also a national anthem singer for various Vancouver sports teams, said he's been painting for 45 years and that his forte is large abstract paintings.

He had fashion photographer Lilian Tan take images of the painting, which measures eight feet by six feet, and then took the project to a custom vehicle wrap business in Tilbury.

Prima Graphics managing partner Tyson Longworth said the design stage took about a week and then it was a couple days for the actual installation.

"It was a smooth process and I think we're all pretty happy with the finished product," he said.

Vermeulen's artwork can be viewed at

Het zomercadeautje van de Nederlandse Bibliotheek / Would you like to read books in Dutch this summer?

Tot 31 augustus kun je in de VakantieBieb meer dan 60 e-books vinden. Dus, zowel kinderen als volwassen kunnen met veel plezier lezen.

Meer info op

Banff Rockie Awards

by Tineke Schrander :: English version

Twee Nederlandse documentaires hebben onlangs deze prestigieuze prijs gewonnen:

  1. Reisprogramma Terug naar Syrië van Floortje Dessing. Zij was daar 9 jaar geleden vóór de oorlog uitbrak en is teruggegaan om verslag te doen van hoe het leven daar nu is van degenen die moeten leven ten tijde van een voortdurende oorlog. Bekijk de aflevering.
  2. De Zaak Menten, een dramaserie over Telegraafjournalist Hans Knoop die in de jaren '70 betrokken raakte bij de jacht op oorlogsmisdadiger Pieter Menten.

Mud Bay Bike Ride on August 12th

Our next cycle trip is on Saturday, August 12th. We will meet at Mud Bay Park in Surrey and we will cycle via Delta to Tsawwassen and back again to Mud Bay Park.

Host: Jeanette van Hattem (604) 818-2515 jvanfrog@hotmail. com

Time: we will meet at 10:30 am at Mud Bay Parking Lot for an 11:00 am departure.

Parking: Free parking is available at the Parking Lot

Length of Bike Ride: the distance is approx. 25 km.

Lunch: lunch will be held at Petra's Café at 1200 56th in Tsawwassen.


Mud Bay Park is located on 127A Street and Colebrook Road in Surrey.

Travelling from Vancouver: Take the Alex Fraser Bridge to No. 10 Highway. Turn right at King George Highway. Travel along King George Highway and at the bottom of the hill, just after crossing the viaduct over the Railway Tracks, turn right at Colebrook Road. (There is no street sign at the corner, but there is a large highway sign "Surrey Farms Blueberries and Learn to Fly". Once you have turned onto Colebrook Road, there is a sign for Mud Bay Park. Cross over the railway tracks and turn left (continuing along Colebrook Road) and drive for about 4 kms until there is a sign to turn left at 127A Street and a sudden left at the farm, and follow along to the Mud Bay Parking Lot.

Travelling from Abbotsford. Take Highway 10 from Langely to Surrey. Turn left (south) at King George Highway. Travel along King George Highway and at the bottom of the hill, just after traveling over the viaduct (below are the Railway Tracks), turn right at Colebrook Road. (There is no street sign at the corner, but there is a large highway sign "Surrey Farms Blueberries and Learn to Fly". Once you have turned onto Colebrook Road, there is a sign for Mud Bay Park. Cross over the railway tracks and turn left (continuing along Colebrook Road) and drive for about 4 kms until there is a sign to turn left at 127A Street and a sudden left at the farm, and follow along to the Mud Bay Parking Lot.

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, August 12th!

Please RSVP to Jeanette van Hattem at jvanfrog@hotmail. com if you plan to participate in the bike ride.

Future Bike Rides

  • August 19th: European Bike Ride, Vancouver
  • September 23th: Fort Langley

Hond in de pot

A Dutch company in the Netherlands produced the book "De Hond in de Pot" (The dog in the Pot); a book with Dutch sayings translated into English.

Click here to view a sample of the book.

Please note that have no connection with the company.

Before they can print it off, they need at least 3,000 orders. If you are interested in the book, please send an email to Wim Spook (spookwim@gmail. com) with your contact information and how many copies you would like to order.

The cost of the book is 10 EURO and once they reach 3,000 orders, they will print the book. You don't have to give your financial information until the book is actually printed.

Wim Spook
Lijnbaansgracht 22
1015 GN Amsterdam
Tel +31 6 10 88 64 25

"Our City Ride" — big family cycling event on August 19th

From the consulate:

On August 19th, the consulate of the Netherlands will be involved in organizing a family friendly bike ride in Vancouver, just like we did in 2016.

This year our partners from M1 Sports are the main organizer, they have received approval and funding from the city of Vancouver and will host the ride called "Our City Ride" on August 19th.

KLM is one of the main sponsors for the event, they are also promoting the bike ride at the moment.

This year it will be a large ride with more than 5,000 participants, the route will be safe and other traffic will be blocked during the ride. General admission for adults will be $ 20, riders under 18 are free.

At the consulate of the Netherlands we are fully supporting this bike ride.

The organizers have given us 400 free tickets for our Dutch contacts who register through the consulate. They have set up a system, whereby we will get an individual access code for each participant. After confirmation through the consulate, we will send you a personalized code: you have to register through the "Our City Ride" website – with this code adults can join free of charge.

The consulate will also print special orange shirts for the first 250 Dutch participants to register.

If you are interested to participate, confirm by email to van-ez@minbuza. nl. Add the full names of the participants: per person we will send 1 individual access code. After this you will have to register at:!/events/our-cityride

With kind regards,

Maarten den Ouden
Consulate general of the Netherlands in Vancouver

Please visit for more information


by Tineke Schrander

Wij verbazen ons iedere dag en dat kan zelfs over stroopwafels: weleens gehoord van de Amazing Stroopwafels? Een groep Rotterdammers die al sinds de jaren '70 optreden in Nederland en daar dan ook wereldberoemd zijn. Luister eens op YouTube naar "Oude Maasweg", een bewerking van Manhattan Island Serenade—mooie tekst en mooi gezongen.

Maple Leaf is voor de Canadesen een begrip. Ook voor oudere Nederlanders maar dan een heel ander: in 1948 werd de eerste Nederlandse kauwgomfabriek in Amsterdam opgericht door de gebroeders Jules en Robert Markus. Zij gaven deze fabriek de naam Maple Leaf als eerbetoon aan de Canadese bevrijders.

Spots available at Dutch Preschool

Dutch preschool (Hollandse Peuter Groep) has spots for new children, starting in September.

Dutch Preschool (Hollandse Peuter Groep): Given by a retired Kindergarten/Preschool teacher, for maximum of five children 2 to 5 years of age, usually on the 1st & 4th Monday of each month, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon).

There is story time, music, crafts and playtime, all in Dutch. There is a $3 charge per child for snacks and craft materials. The location is in north Surrey near King George & 96th Avenue. For more information call Rita at 604-585-2685.

Soccer Tournament

We are looking for 12 soccer players (female/male - 18 years and older) to represent the Netherlands.

Whitecaps is hosting a charity World Cup on September 9th at our brand new training facility at UBC and they are reaching out to communities across Vancouver to represent their nation. After the tournament you will all head over to BC Place to watch the Whitecaps take on Real Salt Lake. Both finalists of the tournament will be on the field before the game during the opening ceremony to be recognised in front of 25,000 supporters.

Cost is $50 per person. Included is:

  • 1 Ticket for the Whitecaps game vs Salt Lake City
  • Fully organized Co-ed tournament with 16 teams. 15 min per game in 4 groups. Quarterfinal - Semifinal - Final
  • Winner of the tournament wins $1600 for Charity.
  • Every nation will bring a dish and we will have an international potluck buffet
  • Team photo
  • Group rate tickets for any additional friends to come to BC Place to watch the Caps take on Real Salt Lake

If you are interested, please contact us at by July 31st, 2017. Of course, we are also looking for a captain, so if you are that person, do let us know!

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