This July CHOICE appointed Anneloes Dijkman as the new Secretary of CHOICE. She will officially replace Michiel Andeweg, who will become a General Board member, on August 6. Below you can find the official introduction from the Board.
Utrecht, July 11, 2012
Concerning: New Secretary CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality
Dear CHOICE supporter,
CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality is pleased to inform you that we have welcomed a new member to our board. At the beginning of July, Anneloes Dijkman was selected to join the board as Secretary. She will take over this position from Michiel Andeweg, who will become a General Board Member. The reason for this change is the substantial growth of our organization over the last years, which resulted in the need for an increased capacity and sustainability of the board.
As current members of the board of CHOICE, we are very happy with Anneloes’ appointment as Secretary! We believe that her enthusiasm, critical views and creativity will be a valuable addition to our board. We are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration in the coming two years. Anneloes will be introduced to you in the annex to this letter.
Karolien van Teijlingen - Chair
Margo Bakker - Treasurer
Anneloes Dijkman - Secretary
Merel Heilmann - General Board Member
Michiel Andeweg - General Board Member
Name: Anneloes Dijkman
Position on the Board: Secretary
With CHOICE since: 2011
I am currently living in Amsterdam where I will soon start my MA degree in Information and Communication Studies, specialization Metaphor in Discourse. I occasionally work as a copy editor and enjoy reading, running, cooking, and going to the movies.
Why did you become a member of CHOICE?
I started my time with CHOICE as an intern in October 2011, working at the office fulltime. I joined CHOICE because I believe that the ability to freely express your sexuality and to be able to call upon your sexual and reproductive rights is essential to our self-determination and to be able to live joyful lives. I also very much believe that young people are the only ones who truly know what issues concern us and how to tackle these – and we should be able to stand up for our rights. CHOICE covers all these issues: young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, advocacy, and meaningful youth participation in these fields.
Why did you join the board?
I took a big leap in the organization when I was selected to be the new secretary: from intern to board member. I am looking forward to being involved in CHOICE on a higher and more strategic level than I have been so far, and expect to learn even more about the organization than I already did during my time at the office. The growth of the board to five members instead of four suits the growth as an organization that CHOICE is going through, and I cannot wait to work with my four fellow board members to make CHOICE an even stronger organization than we already are!