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What Irma taught us

January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am Johanna Westerdijkplein 75 Den Haag Facebook event

What Irma taught us

On September 6th Hurricane Irma and the events that followed changed our islands as we knew them. It affected us as well. This 2 part event is meant to reflect on what Irma has taught us thus far, receive answers to questions we still have, learn ways to move forward & have a fun evening to socialize.

RSVP by sending an email including the amount of people you’re reserving for to : director-nl@uscfoundation.com before October 5th 23:00h.


Part 1
17:00 Arrival

17:15 -19:00h Informative Q & A @ the Haagse Hogeschool Aula (Johanna Westerdijkplein 75, 2521 EN Den Haag)
* Kingdom Relations; moving forward. Speaker: Ron van der Veer
* Importance of Emotional and Mental Healthcare: Speakers: Meliza Lopez (psycholoog i.o.t GZ-Psycholoog) & Gladys Brinckman-Reigina (M.Sc in Child and Youth Psychology and in Religion and Education Pedagogue)

We will then make our way to Mingle Mush. This is easily accessible via taking a train or tram from Den Haag Holland Spoor to Den Haag Centraal (public transportation costs at OWN cost)

Part 2
19:30 – 00:00h Dinner, Network & Relax @ Mingle Mush (Anna van Buerenplein 712, 2595 DK Den Haag)
Eat and drink (Choose from 15 different food stands and bar, consumption at OWN cost)
Use this time to network & share experiences with others and also to de-stress while having a blast at the arcade and listening to music that will make you feel at home.

The first 50 drink purchases will receive a free token for the arcade.
A special St.Maarten cocktail will be available at a reduced price (6,50 euro’s)



Gladys Brinckman-Reigina

Born in Curaçao, with Sint Maarten as her second home, Gladys Brinckman-Reigina has very close ties to the island. “ As a child I used to go there each and every vacation to spend time with my family”. Gladys holds a Master’s degree in Child and Youth Psychology and in Religion and Education Pedagogue. She is currently doing a post academic study in Couple and Family Therapy. After working 7 years as an employee, she decided to open her own practice, Unibonz (Unibonz 4Families) and has been working there since the beginning of this year. Unibonz stands for unity and resilience. “ My heart burns to help people to embrace their self-worth and be empowered in their resilience. As a contribution for rebuilding Sint Maarten I started the Facebook group: Unibonz4SxM Post Traumatic Success.”
You can also visit www.unibonz.org for more information.
She is looking forward to sharing her expertise with you on Friday about the importance of emotional & mental healthcare in times like these.

Meliza Lopez

Meliza Lopez is a Psychologist (currently i.o.t GZ-Psycholoog) in the Leiden & The Hague area. She has lived on St.Maarten for 5 years and her parents still reside on the island today. She holds the island and it’s people very dear to her heart and is open to assist any way possible.“Hurricane Irma didn’t only affect those on the islands but also those living abroad with ties to St.Maarten and other affected islands”. She is looking forward to sharing her expertise with you on Friday about the importance of emotional & mental healthcare in times like these.

To read more about Meliza’s professional background see:

Ron van der Veer

Ron van der Veer studied political science and law at the University of Amsterdam and has been working with the Dutch Caribbean for over 25 years. He lived in Curacao and Sint Maarten. After hurricane Luis in 1995 he was involved in writing the reconstruction programme for Sint Maarten. As principal adviser to the Council of State he worked on the constitutional Kingdom reforms of 10-10-2010. Ron is a board member of a number of NGO’s, such as WeConnect and the Comité Koninkrijksrelaties. He is ready and looking forward to answering all your questions concerning Kingdom Relations, yes even the controversial ones 

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