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IT TAKES MORE THAN TWO TO TANGO. 
Yay! It’s coming! World NGO Day is February 27th and here at NPOwer we are so excited to deliver NPOwer’s very First NGO conference on Saturday, 2-22-2020.  

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Saturday, February 22
 

07:45 AST

Registration and Breakfast by 'The Johnny Caker'
The perfect johnny cakes and bush tea at NPOwer's  'It takes (more than) Two Two Tango"  NGO conference .
The first 50 early birds who come will get a FREE breakfast!!!!
At the registration desk you will receive your conference envelope for the day. Besides information on the program and login passwords, you will also receive a lunch ticket (SMTF), two tickets for drinks (Freegan Food Foundation) and a raffle ticket! Please register on time as we start 8:30 SHARP!!!


Saturday February 22, 2020 07:45 - 08:30 AST
NIPA entrance and hall way ground floor

08:30 AST

St. Maarten Song
Dejahnique Hodge-Webster was born in Rhode Island but came to St. Maarten when she wasone year old.  She is the daughter of Shawn Hodge-Dolphin and Barbra Webster. She attends the Sundial school in the Care section 3rd form. Dejahnique loves to sing. She gets her love for singing from her late Grandfather "King Arrow" and her father "King Ashandi". Dejahnique goal is to become a famous singer one day.

Support/Performers
avatar for Dejahnique Hodge- Webster

Dejahnique Hodge- Webster

Dejahnique Hodge-Webster was born in Rhode Island but came to St. Maarten when she was 1.  She is the daughter of Shawn Hodge-Dolphin and Barbra Webster. She attends the Sundial school in the Care section 3rd form. Dejahnique loves to sing. She gets her love for singing from her... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 08:30 - 08:35 AST
Room 2/3

08:35 AST

Welcome and Opening by Hosts
NPOwer’s aim is to strengthen capacity of local NGOs and forge more collaboration and communication through its online database network of active organizations. Through workshops, webinars, trainings, and lectures, NPOwer intends to empower St. Maarten’s organizations in their communal missions. Furthermore, with the NPOwer website databank and Community Service Facebook page, which shows  all things NGOs and NPOs passionately do on St. Maarten, NPOwer also encourages more relationships with residents, , the business community, tourists, and charitable organizations alike.

Moderators
avatar for Cassandra Richardson

Cassandra Richardson

Project Coordinator, NPOwer
Cassandra Richardson is the former Executive Director of the Safe Haven Foundation in St. Maarten, a domestic violence shelter on the island. During her tenor she became involved in implementing various structural and systemic changes to strengthen processes and procedures of the... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Alston Lourens

Alston Lourens

Marketing, St. Maarketing/ Foresee Foundation / SCDF / My88.3 FM
Hi ya'll my name is Alston and I love activism. 



Saturday February 22, 2020 08:35 - 08:45 AST
Room 2/3

08:45 AST

Conference Introduction
It takes (more than) Two to Tango - conference theme explained

Presenters
avatar for Sjorensly Valies

Sjorensly Valies

President, Foresee Foundation
Being accepted as a member of Foresee Foundation (4C) and being a strong advocate for creative and critical learning, I believe that communication and cooperation should be the fundamental competences used to achieve any goal. Technology in this day and age should be one of the many... Read More →
avatar for Jose Verschueren-Sommers

Jose Verschueren-Sommers

Founder / Managing Director, Foresee Foundation
In 1990 Jose moved with her husband to St. Maarten.  Until 2012 she worked as an educator at several secondary schools. After her 11 year tenure as Principal at the St. Dominic High School, she took up a next journey as an independent consultant and project advisor for different... Read More →



Saturday February 22, 2020 08:45 - 08:55 AST
Room 2/3

08:55 AST

Keynote Address by:
Presenters
avatar for Acting Governor, Mr. Reynold Armando Groeneveldt

Acting Governor, Mr. Reynold Armando Groeneveldt

First Acting Governor of Sint Maarten
BIOGRAPHYMr. Reynold Amando GroeneveldtAttorney at law, Mr. Reynold Amando Groeneveldt was appointed by Royal Decree, as the first Acting Governor of Sint Maarten. Previously Mr. Groeneveldt served as Acting Lieutenant Governor during the transition period from May 31st, 2010 until... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 08:55 - 09:05 AST
Room 2/3

09:05 AST

Introduction NPOwer website and activities
The NPOwer website as an capacity strengthening online tool to connect NPOs, Grant Providers and volunteers

Presenters
avatar for Alston Lourens

Alston Lourens

Marketing, St. Maarketing/ Foresee Foundation / SCDF / My88.3 FM
Hi ya'll my name is Alston and I love activism. 


Saturday February 22, 2020 09:05 - 09:15 AST
Room 2/3

09:15 AST

The Twinning Challenge
The NPOwer Twinning challenge is a fun competition where Non-Profit Organizations in groups of two present how they plan to enhance networking and collaboration activities between the two organizations. Ten teams of two persons register in advance(not later than Saturday. Feb. 15th 2020) and showcase their idea in a 2-minute pitch at the day of the conference. After all presentations NPOwer conference participants have the opportunity to vote for the three best initiatives. At the end of the conference day the results will be shared with the public and the three winners will receive cash prices between US$ 500 and 1,000.
Cassandra and Suppa will be the Twinning Challenge Moderators adding even more spirit to this highly energetic part of the program!

For registration form and more details, please open the attachment below or go to the twinning tab in the control panel.


Moderators
avatar for Cassandra Richardson

Cassandra Richardson

Project Coordinator, NPOwer
Cassandra Richardson is the former Executive Director of the Safe Haven Foundation in St. Maarten, a domestic violence shelter on the island. During her tenor she became involved in implementing various structural and systemic changes to strengthen processes and procedures of the... Read More →



Saturday February 22, 2020 09:15 - 10:15 AST
Room 2/3

10:15 AST

Official Opening Conference: The It takes more than Two Tango Dance
The Tango Dance symbolically kicks off the NPOwer NGO conference.  It is a collaboration between the NIA & Artcraftcafe Foundation. The dancers. students of NIA, are doing some elements of a traditional tango wearing costumes designed and made by the Artcraftcafe.

Twinning Challenge
3A

3. Artcraftcafe Foundation / NIA

Hi Arlene and Tess,Can you send a text of max one hundred words to describe your twinning idea.I also need a slide which will be shown during your 2. min. pitch



Saturday February 22, 2020 10:15 - 10:20 AST
Hall way Upper floor

10:30 AST

22 Tips & Tricks for your Organization's Facebook page
We understand the importance and power of Facebook, especially as a way to connect persons to your mission as a non profit. 

We will be covering the main areas of:
- Why Facebook ? 
- Covering the basics each non profit should have on its page 
- Content 
- Storytelling 
- Tools for Facebook





Presenters
avatar for Chiaira Bowers

Chiaira Bowers

Media, K1 Britannia Foundation
avatar for Tanvi Goklani

Tanvi Goklani

Communications Consultant, K1 Brittania Foundation
Hi! From St. Maarten, I consider myself to be a super enthusiastic communications and marketing consultant with a background in public relations and market research. Having a Master of Marketing Communications degree from Australia, and having lived around the world, I picked up a... Read More →



Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30 - 11:20 AST
Room 4

10:30 AST

Local funding opportunities for your NPO
Four local organizations will present funding opportunities for local Non-Profits in a very short 5 to 10 minute presentation. They will explain who they are, what they do and what type of funding, grants or donations are available.  
The organizations in alphabetical order are:
  1. Be the Change Foundation
  2. Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds
  3. Samenwerkende Fondsen
  4. St. Maarten Development Fund


Presenters
avatar for Fleur Hermanides

Fleur Hermanides

Project Advisor Sint Maarten, Saba and Statia, Samenwerkende Fondsen Cariben
I am a biologist by training and involved in different initiatives, but specialise in funding for social projects through Samenwerkende Fondsen Cariben (SFC). SFC is a collaborative initiative by 5 funding agencies in the Netherlands that support social projects throughout the Dutch... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Choisy

Melanie Choisy

President, Be the Change Foundation
Currently the Program & Development Manager at the SMDF. Anything you think I can assist with as it relates to funding, volunteering or NPOs in general, I'm all ears :-)
avatar for Candia Joseph

Candia Joseph

Country Manager SOAB and Board member PBCF, S.O.A.B. and Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds
avatar for Makhicia Brooks

Makhicia Brooks

Director, St. Maarten Development Fund




Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30 - 11:20 AST
Room 2/3

10:30 AST

Act like an NGO, think like a BOSS: Keys to Accelerate NPO Growth
Act like an NGO, think like a Boss is a dynamic interactive workshop that will give insight into the mindset of bigger corporations that will help your non-profit organisation to grow and be sustainable. You will:
  1. Gain best practices to building long-term relationships 
  2. Discover why 'profit' is a non-profits best friend 
  3. Explore the 3 P's that attract corporate sponsors 
And so much more.

This is the first time that Ife is giving away some of her secrets that have helped her to secure partnerships with international companies and government organisations, have an impact in the businesses of more than 2000 entrepreneurs and professionals as well and close to 1000 students, and work with some of the world's leading business minds.

Presenters
avatar for Ife Badejo

Ife Badejo

Chief Experience Officer, The PWR Agency
Ife is an internationally awarded business strategist who is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation development as a means to address social challenges while supporting resilient economic growth. Recognized as a Woman of Global Solutions (2018) by UN endorsed organization... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30 - 11:20 AST
Room 5

10:30 AST

Psychological well-being NGO- session 1
This info session will be focused on the psychological well being of the NGO's.
How are you actually doing?! 

The focus of most of the NGO is on helping others.
Did you know the ins and outs concerning how this can effect your staff psychological well being? Or actually, maybe begin with your own.
Stigma, guilt and gaps in our (current) system play an important factor in this matter so it is time we put some spotlight on this matter.
Make sure you are present! 










Presenters
SG

Sanne Gruijters

Psychologist, A.P.A.P.
avatar for Caroline van Oost

Caroline van Oost

Psychologist, A.P.A.P.



Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30 - 11:20 AST
Room 10

11:30 AST

Introduction in managing your NGO's finances
The workshop which will be provided by SOAB will provide you with information and useful tips on the following;
- Financial planning and budgeting
- Financial Administration
- Internal Controls
- Financial reporting

Presenters
avatar for Candia Joseph

Candia Joseph

Country Manager SOAB and Board member PBCF, S.O.A.B. and Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds
avatar for Nicole Marlin Msc RA

Nicole Marlin Msc RA

Manager, S.O.A.B.




Saturday February 22, 2020 11:30 - 12:20 AST
Room 10

11:30 AST

New Obligations for Foundations and Associations
On November 19, 2019 Book 2 of the Civil Code has been amended. Part of the amendments concern implementations of recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental organization, established to combat money laundering. The amendments have a significant impact on your Foundation or Association with respect to the obligation to publish annual reports and annual statements.

Presenters
avatar for Paul van Vliet

Paul van Vliet

Grant Thornton
Paul provides services in the country St. Maarten and on the Dutch Caribbean Islands Saba and St. Eustatius. Paul has over 20 years of professional experience in advising domestic and subsidiaries of multinational companies on national legal matters. He is Tax Partner for locally... Read More →




Saturday February 22, 2020 11:30 - 12:20 AST
Room 5

11:30 AST

How to make your own short documentaries/promotional presentations/videos?
How to make your own Documentaries/promotional videos?
 
The basics of Film-making
  1. Shot composition – Telling a story visually
  2. Audio – If Video is King, then good audio is Queen in Film-making
  3. Lighting.
  4. Good planning.
 
When all else fails, hire a professional.
 
  1. Here we will talk about hiring a professional film crew – what to expect.
  2. How to communicate your vision to the Director/producer
  3. Budget.  How much it can cost for a professional film.
  4. Special pricing available for non-profits.

Presenters
avatar for Peter Sagnia

Peter Sagnia

Director, Peter Sagnia Productions
We are a professional Film and Video production Agency.We have produced and directed feature films, several short films and dozens of commercials over the years for clients such as UTS, Windward Island Bank, KFC, Telem, Pizza Hut, Governments in Sint Maarten, Virgin Islands, UK and... Read More →



Saturday February 22, 2020 11:30 - 12:20 AST
Room 4

11:30 AST

Board Governance 101
Being part of a board is serious work. You have a mandate to carry out with the service that your foundation provides, you have staff that depend on you to have vision, act with integrity, responsibility and transparency. Sometimes you are expected to roll up your sleeves and pitch in and always, as members of the leading entity of an organization, you are encouraged to act with respect to the staff you employ, while taking tough decisions. You are expected to share your skills and expertise in order to help the foundation which you are a part of flourish and do great things for the community.

Board Governance 101 is a 50 min look at the basics of board leadership and governance. The areas of discussion are elementary and the tools given are practical. This workshop is for those that are thinking about joining a board and that have never been on boards before, those that have been on boards before and have never attended such a workshop. It's even for those who have been on boards and have attended such workshops but are education junkies... Who knows? you may want to share your experience with the group.


Presenters
avatar for Cassandra Richardson

Cassandra Richardson

Project Coordinator, NPOwer
Cassandra Richardson is the former Executive Director of the Safe Haven Foundation in St. Maarten, a domestic violence shelter on the island. During her tenor she became involved in implementing various structural and systemic changes to strengthen processes and procedures of the... Read More →



Saturday February 22, 2020 11:30 - 12:20 AST
Room 2/3

11:30 AST

The St. Martin Artists Guild - An Introduction
Presenters
avatar for Alston Lourens

Alston Lourens

Marketing, St. Maarketing/ Foresee Foundation / SCDF / My88.3 FM
Hi ya'll my name is Alston and I love activism. 
avatar for Suzette Moses-Burton

Suzette Moses-Burton

Child Rights Specialist, UNICEF NL
I have a wealth of experience, and an in-depth understanding of the Health (with an emphasis on HIV), Development, including Child Rights, and Creative fields.My work has had national, regional and international foci and I have been in numerous engagements as a speaker, chair, facilitator... Read More →




Saturday February 22, 2020 11:30 - 12:20 AST

12:30 AST

Super Cool Tech and Other Stuff to engage your Non Profit staff and clients
Presenters
avatar for Femke Neunzig

Femke Neunzig

Educator
I am Femke Neunzig and 28 years old. I am a passionate teacher who lives and works already for five years in the beautiful Caribbean. I love to try new things and make my lessons enjoyable. Especially with the use of technology in my classroom. I will show you, how you can create... Read More →



Saturday February 22, 2020 12:30 - 13:20 AST
Room 4

12:30 AST

"Green is the new Black"
The Green Initiatives invite you to come learn our tips and tricks for creating a more sustainable and healthy environment for your NGO and it's employees. These tips are not only better for the environment, but can save you money and reduce health risks at the same time!
Make sure you stop by to learn more! #GreenisthenewBlack


Presenters
avatar for Stephane Ferron

Stephane Ferron

Green Initiatives
"Born in St. Maarten, I have recently returned to the island to work for my families company Budget Marine. Having worked at sea as well as in marine conservation, I have developed an ever increasing interest in finding better solutions for our environment. I am a member of the green... Read More →
avatar for Nina Bijnsdorp

Nina Bijnsdorp

Coordinator, Green Initiatives
Nina Bijnsdorp is a young professional, currently working as the Census Deputy Executive Officer for the St. Maarten Statistics Department. She has her master's degree in Sustainable Tourism Management and has always been an advocate for the environment. She has worked as the Event... Read More →




Saturday February 22, 2020 12:30 - 13:20 AST
Room 5

12:30 AST

Building an E-Match volunteer platform
During this highly interactive session we will discuss the set-up of a St. Maarten based E-Match volunteer platform where non-profit organizations can post volunteer opportunities and where passionate volunteers can find the right opportunity to lend their talent and time.
We are looking forward to meet all organizations who have interest and/or experience in volunteerism and look forward to everybody's creative and critical input.







Presenters
avatar for Jose Verschueren-Sommers

Jose Verschueren-Sommers

Founder / Managing Director, Foresee Foundation
In 1990 Jose moved with her husband to St. Maarten.  Until 2012 she worked as an educator at several secondary schools. After her 11 year tenure as Principal at the St. Dominic High School, she took up a next journey as an independent consultant and project advisor for different... Read More →



Saturday February 22, 2020 12:30 - 13:20 AST
Room 10

12:30 AST

Managing HR in NGO sector : Issues and challenges
Presenters
avatar for Adelena Schaap-Chandler

Adelena Schaap-Chandler

Chandler's Coaching & Consulting
Adelena is an enthusiastic and innovative HR professional with over 10 years in Human Resources Management and Development & Business Development. She is passionate about using her knowledge and expertise to educate businesses in the evolving trends in the industry, both locally... Read More →




Saturday February 22, 2020 12:30 - 13:20 AST
Room 2/3

13:30 AST

SCREAM! Be Heard & Seen - Marketing your NGO and its Activities
Heard & Seen!

Marketing Guru MP Grisha Heyliger - Marten and Media Consultant Alston Lourens, have put together an interactive workshop on Marketing your NGO. Join this workshop as we give an introduction to the following topics:

- Scream! How to be heard?
- Social Media for Events and Activities
- Branding.


Presenters
avatar for Alston Lourens

Alston Lourens

Marketing, St. Maarketing/ Foresee Foundation / SCDF / My88.3 FM
Hi ya'll my name is Alston and I love activism. 
avatar for Grisha Heyliger-Marten

Grisha Heyliger-Marten

Owner, Montage Media and Marketing N.V.




Saturday February 22, 2020 13:30 - 14:20 AST
Room 5

13:30 AST

Successful Grant writing
Presenters
avatar for Tanya Power-Stevens

Tanya Power-Stevens

Grant Officer, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean
My professional life is in the NGO and non-profit sector. I have worked for Oxfam, the World Food Programme and the United Nations Office for Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs among others, in emergencies and conflict zones in Europe, Asia and Africa. I have managed projects... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 13:30 - 14:20 AST
Room 2/3

13:30 AST

It Takes ART 2 Tango
Goal: collaboration between the Arts:
Recycled visual, dance, music and its sustainability.

Twenty participants, max 10 couples.
Couples are tied by their wrists, which means that cooperation is important to achieve their goal.

Canvases that have been used will be reused.

Presenters
AH

Arlene Halley

Director, NIA National Institute of Arts
Arlene Halley Newhouse - DirectorArlene had been at the helm of Motiance since 2008 following the Founding Director Cees van Dolderen when she decided to join forces with Ms. Clara Reyes and co-founded the National Institute of Arts Foundation better known as NIA in 2013.Having her... Read More →
avatar for Tess Verhey

Tess Verhey

Managing director, Artcraftcafe foundation
Art, artistic growth, environmental awareness programs: Refuse, Reduce,Reuse, Recycle, Repair
avatar for Marloes Moll

Marloes Moll

Intern Academie Beeldende Vorming, Leeuwarden, ArtCraftCafe Foundation
JO

Josanne Oosterbaan

Intern Academy Beeldende Vorming, Leeuwarden, ArtCraftCafe Foundation


Saturday February 22, 2020 13:30 - 14:20 AST
Room 1

13:30 AST

Psychological well-being NGO - session 2

This info session will be focused on the psychological well being of the NGO's.
How are you actually doing?! 

The focus of most of the NGO is on helping others.
Did you know the ins and outs concerning how this can effect your staff psychological well being? Or actually, maybe begin with your own.
Stigma, guilt and gaps in our (current) system play an important factor in this matter so it is time we put some spotlight on this matter.
Make sure you are present! 

Presenters
avatar for Miranda Veltman

Miranda Veltman

Mental Health Care Psychologist, A.P.A.P.
CC

Carmencita Chemont

Psychologist, A.P.A.P.



Saturday February 22, 2020 13:30 - 14:20 AST
Room 4

14:20 AST

Energizing - performance by Djembe Group
Souleymane Camara is the son of the famous percussionist Sekou “Tanaka” Camara. Born in Guinée Conacry in 1972, he started playing djembé at a very young age. “Percussions de Guinée Junior” and “Ballet Communal de Matam” were the first groups in which he started his professional career.
He joined master drummer Mamady Keita and Sewa Kan in 1995 and lived in Europe until 2018. In Europe he also gave djembé and kora lessons and workshops.
Alongside of all that he toured around the world several times with Sewa Kan.
Since 2018 Souleymane lives on our Sweet Sint-Maarten and continues his lessons, workshops and performances with the same passion for the djembé. Born and raised within the secrets of the djembé, he is pricise and with him you can be sure you are receiving the right information and techniques to play this instrument.
Multi-instrumentalist, djembé, kora and guitar builder and a passionate teacher, who passes on the traditional West-African music with great respect for his ancestors ánd his students.

Support/Performers
avatar for Souleymane Camara -Drummer

Souleymane Camara -Drummer

Souleymane Camara is the son of the famous percussionist Sekou “Tanaka” Camara. Born in Guinée Conacry in 1972, he started playing djembé at a very young age. “Percussions de Guinée Junior” and “Ballet Communal de Matam” were the first groups in which he started his... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 14:20 - 14:30 AST
Hall way ground floor

14:30 AST