“I am married and mother of 2 kids. In addition, I have been committed to Brisa Foundation since 2009 and I have been chairman of the foundation since 2011. I think it is important to be socially involved, to share knowledge and experience to help others move forward. When we received the call from the mayor of the municipality of Groningen to participate as a Dutch Caribbean resident in the establishment of an advisory board formed by and for the Dutch Caribbean citizens, I immediately said yes. With the idea of helping our target audience and showing that our people are more than what portrayed in the media. We are creative, cheerful, warm and smart!”
Swinda had a beautiful and carefree childhood on Aruba. She always knew she would leave the island for the purpose of providing assistance where necessary. She always wanted to hold a managerial position. In 1987 she moved to the Netherlands and immediately started studying Commercial Economics. After completing her education, she followed her passion; fashion and enterprise. She has successfully completed the courses “Fashion and Clothing” and “Entrepreneurship”. After this achievement she followed numerous short courses and educational programs.
“I always have enormous drive and perseverance. I love adrenaline. My agenda is always a bit too full. I am an independent entrepreneur, chairman of my own foundation, vice-chairman and chairman of platform self-organizations for 10 years, vice-chairman at Stichting Brisa, board member of WMO, and board member at other organizations, for example FNV women of the North. In 1989 I decided that I would like to contribute to my community, which I still enjoy to the max. If you can help someone and make this person happy, why won’t you do that?”
Ayschlaine was born and raised on Curaçao and has lived there for 27 years. She moved to the Netherlands to study and after successfully completing her studies she decided to stay in the Netherlands. She is married, has a daughter of 6 and lives in Beijum, Groningen.
“Now I have lived in Dutch society for more than 10 years. I know the challenges (such as finding a job) that we face when you have a migration background. I would like to support others who have also been there. This is one of the reasons why I joined Brisa Foundation as a board member. I want to support other Dutch Caribbean citizens, but I also want to create more connection within our target group. As treasurer of Brisa Foundation, I do not always have direct contact with our target group. My role is to facilitate my fellow board members with issues about this group, the Municipality of Groningen and other institutions. I enjoy doing this! ”
“I have always had a deep-rooted passion to help people. I experience a lot of pleasure when I can use my knowledge, experience, talents and drive to achieve a goal that is related to my passion. These opportunities are up for grabs at Brisa Foundation. This is why I became a member of this foundation.” Shortly after his immigration to the Netherlands in 1993, Dudley worked for several organizations in Groningen that were already active at that time to help or support people from the Dutch Caribbean region in one way or another.
When he was invited by the board of the municipality of Groningen about 11 years ago to participate in a start-up advisory council especially for the residentsof Groningen with an Antillean background, he immediately said yes. Since then he has been a member of the board of the Brisa Foundation, which was officially established 10 years ago.
Davally Marcos has been living in the Netherlands since 1998. She is a Christian and is also active in the church community. In 2014 she was approached to work as a secretary for the Brisa Foundation. Two years later, she made the decision to become a board member because she wants to provide our community with information and help where needed.
“Brisa Foundation is an advisory board set up by the municipality to provide information regarding the needs of our target group. We also help in formulating policy. In recent years there have been some changes in this and we have decided to change our vision and focus more on the needs of the Antillean / Aruban community. We do not only want to organize informative meetings, but also help people as far as we can. We are not social workers; nevertheless we advise individuals and families who have problems during the immigration process. It is therefore important that we work together to help each other and to stay in a positive light. Together we are strong.”