A Message from your NLC President
April 3, 2020.
Dear NLC friends,
Greetings from Oastler Lake, near Parry Sound.
We have settled in our new home and enjoy living here. Due to Covid-19, Leo my husband and Ben our eldest son are now working remotely from home, here up north.
We hope that you are all healthy and getting assistance were needed. Be sure to check your NLC Directory and call your NLC friends, just to have a chat.
As with other organizations our plans for NLC spring and summer events are on hold.
We have already received the admission tickets for the Hit Musical Chicago, scheduled for the Stratford Festival, on Saturday September 26th. Let’s stay positive and hope we will reunite on September 26th or before. We hope that we will be able to organize our NLC 75 Liberation event in the fall and our annual Sinterklaas/Christmas luncheon, at Delta hotels by Marriott Toronto Mississauga on Saturday December 5, 2020.
Wendy Limbertie, our webmaster has designed a fabulous 75 Years of Freedom T-shirt.
May I suggest that especially on Sunday May 5th, we all wear the 75 Years of Freedom T shirt or other Liberation T-shirt, to show our thanks to our Canadian Liberators.
Please take selfies and/or pictures which you can post on your own social media outlets and our NLC website.
Please visit our NLC website to order a 75 Years of Freedom T shirt and/or check for updates on upcoming NLC events. www.netherlandsluncheonclub.ca
Mrs. A. Le Guellec, Consul General and Honorary Director NLC asked us to share her personal message to you, please see attached.
On behalf of Bas, Conrad, Ineke, Theo and Tineke, I wish you sterkte in the coming months, remember together we are strong.
Virtual Hug from Henny
Henny Groenendijk, President NLC
44 Bartlett Drive, Seguin, On, P2A 2W8, Telephone 1 249 224 0524
A Message from Mrs. A. Le Guellec, Consul General
To all Dutch Nationals and Family & Friends of the Dutch Community.
The Corona virus has turned our lives upside down. Work, school, social contacts, sports: everything is different, and we do not know how long this situation will last.
At the moment the crisis started, our Consulate General was organizing many incoming missions, visits, activities, and celebrations such as Kings’ day and the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands. It will not come as a surprise to you that all these events have been postponed or cancelled.
Three weeks ago, we decided to close the Consulate General for the public, but we are working from home and, if need be, we are working in the office. Our staff has been dealing with some consular cases and emergencies, but fortunately the KLM continues to fly from Toronto (albeit much less frequent) so that Dutch citizens and tourists could and can still return to the Netherlands.
In these times it is nice to see that you can count on everyone. We are here for you.
If you have questions, you can always contact me by mail. For any urgent questions and/or emergencies, you can call the information center in The Hague 24 hours a day:
+31 247 247 247 or via the Travel app Foreign Affairs, WhatsApp or Twitter.
We would advise that you keep a good eye on the COVID-19 site of the Canadian authorities for the most recent state of affairs, travel advice, border restrictions etc.:
As you probably know, travel to Canada is currently (and at least until June 30) being restricted for all foreign nationals coming from any country. These restrictions prohibit foreign nationals, including U.S. nationals, from entering Canada for non-essential travel. Exemptions to the prohibition exist for certain groups of foreign nationals, for example, temporary foreign workers, some students, and persons delivering urgent medical supplies as long as they do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.
Our own Ministry also has a site (in Dutch only) which contains Q&A regarding the applicable travel advice for Canada:
I would like to ask you to follow strictly the directions from the Canadian government.
I wish you all strength in this difficult period. I hope everyone stays healthy and if you are ill, I wish you a speedy recovery. Please take care of yourself and the people around you.
The tulips we planted last fall are still growing and blooming and I really hope these will bring us some color and happiness in the next few weeks.
Sterkte en tot snel!
Anne Le Guellec | Consul General
Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
1 Dundas Street West, Suite 2106 | Toronto, ON | M5G 1Z3
T (+ 1) 416 595 2412| E Anne.LeGuellec@minbuza.nl