I was a Tradebank member before I became a broker and franchisee. I owned Bridges Bistro and joined Tradebank in 2011, and I saw great support from the members. I've known Dan (Cusack) for quite a while, and Dan approached my husband initially to help him run the Tradebank Northern Ontario office. I went along for the orientation and really liked the concept of barter and it was beneficial for me at the time to have more and more businesses join the network so that I as a client would have more places to spend my TRADE dollars. Who wouldn't want to purchase products and services without spending their hard earned cash?! I mean what's not to love?! What I love the most is that Tradebank supports local ‘mom and pop’ type businesses, connecting business owners and making new business relationships. Tradebank is all about relationships.
I was born and raised in Lisse, The Netherlands. I graduated from a Dutch college for Food Technology, and I moved to Canada right after graduation in 1989. I was offered a job as a waitress in a small fish and chip restaurant, and moved up to manager, eventually leading into owning three restaurants of my own. Tradebank Northern Ontario continues to grow and has earned multiple awards including Top Region Volume in 2012, and several Top Office awards in 2015 and 2016.
I love spending time with my family and on weekends you'll find me at the cottage enjoying paddle boarding and kayaking.