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Bregje Boetekees awarded Citizen of the Year 2022!

Our own Operations Manager, Bregje Boetekees, was awarded the ๐‚๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ณ๐ž๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ by the St. Maarten Lions Club. We (obviously) think there is no other person more deserving of this award and are incredibly proud of her! That's why today we put her in the spotlight!

๐๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ฃ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ค๐ž๐ž๐ฌ: โ€œI feel very honored to have been chosen as citizen of the year by the Sint Maarten Lions Club. The WYCCF is an incredible organization to work for and that our hard work is seen and valued is wonderful. This is truly a team effort and is only possible because our foundation consists of dedicated, passionate, and caring staff who go out of their way to serve our clients. None of our success would be possible without our employees and dedicated board, who truly believe in us and support us to excel. The teams of WYCCF step up even more when โ€œthe going gets toughโ€ and showed this again during these last two difficult Covid years. ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง ๐–๐˜๐‚๐‚๐… ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ค ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ข๐ง๐ญ ๐Œ๐š๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ง ๐‹๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐‚๐ฅ๐ฎ๐› ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ž.โ€

The award is given for her outstanding contributions to the general well-being of St. Maarten and, specifically, the White & Yellow Cross Care Foundation. In her 22 years at the WYCCF (of which the last 14 as Operations Manager), she helped us further professionalize, continuously improving the quality of our care and expanding through several new care products, such as Rehabilitation center, Hospice, and Sister Basilia Center Guided Living.

In difficult circumstances, Bregje might be at her best, as she has demonstrated after hurricanes Irma & Maria, but also during the Covid-19 pandemic. Being on top of all new international and local developments, the WYCCF was able to adjust swiftly and adequately to the risks, always prioritizing the clients' and staff's physical and mental well-being. Outside of the WYCCF, she was also instrumental in developing the St. Maarten Covid-19 vaccination plan. As part of the islands Vaccination Management Team, she took it upon herself to do numerous information sessions and panel discussions and organized several vaccination pop-ups in and outside the WYCCF.

๐ˆ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ž ๐Š๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ: โ€˜โ€™ I worked with Bregje from St.Rose Hospital and now here at the WYCC Foundation; she is a very caring person and will try to help you in any way she can. She made sure all of us were taken care of during and after the hurricane. During Covid, she was another example for the entire St.Maarten in educating everyone on how to handle the epidemic. ๐’๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ฆ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฒ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ฒ๐œ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐š๐ ๐ž๐ซ. Congrats, Bregje itโ€™s a well-deserved honor.โ€˜โ€™

We think she thoroughly deserves this award and are immensely proud of her! To many more years!!

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