55th anniversary 1965-2020

Dutch Network Greater Vancouver

Welkom / Welcome to the website of the Dutch Network!

We are a non-profit Dutch-Canadian Cultural Society based in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia.
We are a lively organization with weekly events for young and old. We are always looking for new activities and initiatives.

Events are organized for Dutch-Canadians so that they can get together to celebrate, enhance and preserve the Dutch heritage, Dutch language and Dutch cultural traditions in BC, such as: monthly pub nights and coffee clubs, annual events which include King’s Day, Sinterklaas and the Easter Egg Hunt. Find an overview of our events below. We look forward to seeing you at our events!
If you are interested in getting involved, please click on the link for volunteers in the link above or write us a message via Contact Us.

Message From The President

As we look ahead, we first must acknowledge what a tragic year 2020 has been. To many of you, it was a personal challenge. Some lost their jobs; others were isolated in their homes for many weeks or months. Perhaps a few of you struggled with health problems, while others lost loved ones due to the pandemic. Who knew, a year ago, that our lives would change so significantly within weeks.

At Dutch Network our members were constantly on our minds. We tried hard to keep up with all the new regulations, while our plans to initiate events constantly changed. We eventually had to cancel Koningsdag, bike rides, pub nights and other events where people gathered to celebrate our Dutch culture. However, at the precise moment one feels like giving up, we discovered new creative ways of engaging the community. Thanks to your active Executive Board members and volunteers, the association continued to be successful in bringing the community together. There were new ‘physically distanced’ events, the newsletter had another successful year, we added new board members, our membership grew, we welcomed new sponsors and we tried to reach out to our members as much as we could. We even launched our own weekly radio show!

Although the government started to vaccinate people, we will probably still be months away from social gatherings. But that will not stop your association from looking forward and planning ahead. Your board members have a full agenda for this upcoming year. We will continue to listen to Provincial Heath Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and start our social events as soon as we are allowed to gather in public again. Our immediate concern is obviously Koningsdag. In addition, the Executive Board is on a quest in 2021 to bring you better services and events in the years to come. Over the next 12 months, your executives will engage with members through questionnaires, town halls and personal conversations to find out what your expectations are from your association. Your participation will be very important. All the feedback and ideas gathered will be analyzed, discussed and eventually morphed into a wonderful new road map for the next 5 years. Only together are we able to start a new chapter and build an even better association for all of us.

So, let us instill new hope in our hearts and put a smile on our faces. As the New Year dawns, I know it is filled with the promises of a brighter tomorrow. It is clear to me that many good things are yet to come.

All of your Executive Board members wish you and your family a healthy and happy New Year! Wij wensen jullie een gezond en gelukkig Nieuw Jaar!

John van Rij
Voorzitter, Dutch Network

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Morning Nature Walks

March 5 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Nanaimo Dutch Koffie Club – Cancelled

March 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Dutch Connections Radio Show

March 6 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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  • Morning Nature Walks

    March 5 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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    An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Friday, repeating indefinitely

    MORNING NATURE WALKS Jeanette van Hattem hosts the Friday Free Nature Walk. She loves the great outdoors, local walks, trails and forest and dyke. She discovers something new every day and would like to share with people that have the same interest or want to learn about their na...

  • Nanaimo Dutch Koffie Club – Cancelled

    March 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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    Every first Friday of the Month

    Dutch ‘Koffie Club’ in Nanaimo Wij beginnen een gloednieuwe hollandse koffie club die iedere eerste vrijdag van de maand bijeenkomt. Meeting Date: 1st Friday of the month Location: ABC Restaurant, 6671 Mary Ellen Drive, Nanaimo Time: 11 a.m. Contact: Laura at 250-755-1133 or ...

  • Dutch Connections Radio Show

    March 6 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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    An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

    How to listen to us: Dial in every Saturday 8-9 am PST to Dutch Connections Radio with Host Harma Volders she’ll connect us to those within our Dutch Community. LISTEN LIVE: RADIO – 91.5 FM PC – www.connectfm.ca APPS – to listen to radio shows on your phon...

  • Coquitlam Dutch Koffie Club – Cancelled

    March 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until December 27, 2028

    There is a new koffie club in Coquitlam. Contact Piet Boudewijn at 604 464-3031 or email at pjbhjb(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)telus.net. The group meets every Wednesday from 10 am to 12 pm at the Food Court at Coquitlam Centre Mall (enter Coquitlam Centre at the rig...

  • Morning Nature Walks

    March 12 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Friday, repeating indefinitely

    MORNING NATURE WALKS Jeanette van Hattem hosts the Friday Free Nature Walk. She loves the great outdoors, local walks, trails and forest and dyke. She discovers something new every day and would like to share with people that have the same interest or want to learn about their na...

B.C. COVID-19 Updates

  • The bike rides have been suspended until further notice.
  • The New Westminster Koffie Club has started having their gatherings via Zoom. Please contact Marina Wilson for more information.
  • All Dutch coffee clubs gatherings are temporary closed until further notice.
  • All Pub Nights are cancelled until further notice.
  • The Dutch Library at the Holland Shopping Centre and TPI Travel Langley is open for book pick up only. NO BOOK RETURN.
  • North Surrey Klaverjas Club is cancelled until further notice
Holland Shopping Centre

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