Deft MaMa is led by an amazing board of volunteers. These women do more than attend monthly meetings, they represent the organization on a daily basis at playgroups, on playgrounds, at schools, in meetings, via email and phone.
Delft MaMa could not exist without the help of a dedicated team of volunteers. Below are volunteers who have taken a leading role within the organisation.
Ams Huijsing is a Filipino-born and naturalized Dutch fellow, living in the Netherlands for ten years now. She is a mother of 7 and 5 year old bilingual kids. She’s also an occasional blogger and a regular volunteer work enthusiast. For more than a year now, she discovered her passion of supporting social entrepreneurship goals and is trying to pave her way towards fair trade ventures.
She is a newbie in Delft MaMa, helping to fill website content and with structuring the volunteering process of Delft MaMa. She is a public policy implementer by profession.
Fenia Aivaloglou comes from Greece and has settled in Delft since 2012. She is the mum of a 5 year old and a 1,5 year old. During her free time she enjoys binge watching series, taking online courses about anything, running, and preparing crafty projects. She is working as a software engineering researcher at TU Delft and is volunteering to keep the Delft MaMa website up and running.
Ildikó Wooning An organiser at heart, she is pushing the cart of DMM Digital and all moms that are involved into being more… well, organised. She is also a true Hungarian turned half-Dutch (being a decade in Delft does that to you). A mother of two angels in (not much) disguise, she is married happily to a fun, sci-fi loving Dutchman. She is filming all the time and promotes Tanthof and Delft enthusiastically to everybody.
Lucie Cunningham, the founder of Delft MaMa! Lucie is from France and lived in the UK and USA before moving to Delft in 2003. Her husband works at TU Delft and her son is 13. She officially founded Delft MaMa in 2007. She advises municipalities about the participation of expats in the Netherlands and helps internationals feel at home in the Delft region through helping them find work and volunteer work.
Nareen Fenton moved here together with her husband 9 years ago, expecting to stay for just a couple of years with a ‘lets see how it goes’ attitude! Both fell in love with Delft and now call this their second home. They had their son here, who is now 7 and Nareen has been a passionate member of Delft MaMa since the day she found out she was pregnant in 2008. The family loves sports and between them, play a variety of hockey, golf and taekwondo. They also enjoy taking out their camper at weekends and just seeing where it takes them!
A former chairwoman of Delft MaMa, Nareen continues to volunteer as a SLiDe “Expert Expat” helping to guide newcomers to the city.
Nina Bogerd has been greatly involved in helping refugees/migrants locally and globally. She regularly travels to crisis locations at the Balkans where she focuses on providing help primarily to families, and in particular, to mothers and babies/kids. Furthermore, with the help of other Delft Mamas, she is participating in a monthly organised Welkom’s Lunch for refugees that come to live in Delft. Nina is a scientist, specialised in thermal physiology, holding a post-doc position at TU Delft. She is a mother of two amazing boys. She enjoys discovering new countries, and she loves being active outdoor. In the evenings, when the business of the day is over, she immensely enjoys reading a good book or speaking with friends she has made while living in various countries.
Renée Veldman-Tentori is one of our original Delft Mamas and was a board member when her first baby was born in 2007. After relocating to her native Australia for a few years, she has now settled long term back in the Netherlands. That first “baby” is nearly 9 years old, and has a sister who is almost 7.
Now teaching part time at The Hague University, as well as following a part time Masters there, Renée loves to connect, share, create, learn and teach. Her expertise lies in the areas of social media, marketing and communications. She will be blogging for Delft MaMa and helping out with the website and social media, as well as assisting in community development. Renée is also looking into activities for older children in Delft.
Viji Vasanthan is a mother of a 2,5 year old daughter and has lived with her family in Delft for almost 5 years now. As an expat, Delft MaMa gave her the opportunity to meet different people and volunteer herself with various DMM activities, and also become an active participant in playgroups.
She loves to cook, listen to and sing Indian classical and light music, as well as, meet new people.
She is looking forward using her technical know-how to help maintain and improve the Delft MaMa website as she is a software developer by profession.
Sandra Treviño arrived to Delft in 2009 to study at the TU Delft, planning to return home to Mexico once she got her diploma. But when you are in your twenties, things rarely go as planned and she ended up staying in Delft indefinitely. She is now married to an Italian man and mother of two children. She works part time as a Software Consultant and enjoys helping Delft Mama in organizing events such as the cloth swaps and high tea parties.
Gabriela is a Brazilian who just moved to Delft and right away started volunteering with Delft MaMa. A Music teacher since 2010, she has lots of experience with events organization and project management. As a mama, although she still not have her own children, she is a kind aunt who knits lots of little baby coats for her nephew. She now holds the Communications Coordinator position with the goal of articulating DMM’s platforms – website, blog, facebook. Your suggestions and feedbacks on Delft MaMa’s communications are most welcome, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agashnee is originally South African. She has been an expat herself in the UK and is now living in Den Haag. Given her professional background she has extensive experience in communicating and bonding with families. As a speech therapist and children’s yoga and mindfulness instructor Agashnee is always keen to help kids grow and develop. She now holds the Soft Landing in Delft (SLiDe) Project Coordinator role with a goal to help newcomers settle through a mentoring program and build social networks. Having recently moved Agashnee experienced what is like to be a newcomer and is passionate to use her knowledge in supporting anyone in the same situation. Reach out to her at email@example.com if you would like to be part of the mentoring programme and require assistance.