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Marieke Van Der Velden

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Marieke Van Der Velden is the Northern Canada Program Manager for Veterinarians Without Borders North America/Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Amérique du Nord.

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Marieke Van Der Velden 

Northern Canada Program Manager 

Marieke joined Veterinarians Without Borders North America/Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Amérique du Nord (VWB/VSF) in December 2021, with ten years of experience in the animal welfare field. Following a communications degree and volunteering at initiatives across the globe, she has led the strategy, program development, and execution of community outreach initiatives in Canada. Now at VWB/VSF, she thrives working on creative initiatives that focus on collaboration and community-led approaches in addressing One Health issues. In 2022, she grew the program from four community partners to 10, and launched an awards-program to provide animal-related education opportunities for northern, Indigenous community members.

Outside of her VWB/VSF work, she volunteers a mentor at the YWCA High School program, film reviewer for the International Mountain Film Festival and the City of Vancouver's Animal Emergency Response . In her spare time, Marieke hikes the woods of North Vancouver with her best friend, a golden lab named Jake, and jumps into any body of water she can find.

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