Dutch Treat Canada (Toronto/GTA)

We keep working on our new website. In the meantime, you can reach us at info@dutchtreat.ca (in either Dutch or English)

Are you interested in the Dutch, or Dutch Canadians?

Do you like Dutch events?

Would you like to stay informed about all things Dutch and Dutch-Candian in Toronto and the GTA?


To sign up for the membership: simply send address info and e-mail to info@dutchtreat.ca (it’s free!)
NB schrijf ons gerust in het Nederlands! J


updated: August 3, 2016


August 4: Next Borrel!!!

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Dutch Consulate-General




1 * Upcoming Dutch Treat events

·                                            August 4: August Borrel

·                                            September 8: September Borrel (date TBC)

2 * Upcoming other Dutch-Canadian events / Meer Cana-Nederlandse activiteiten

·                                            August 13: August 15, 1945 Foundation Commemoration Kumpulan

·                                            September 10: Book Launch - After Paris

·                                            November 10: EUFF showing Publieke Werken


3 * Dutch Language Education / Nederlandse lessen

Update June 2016: the 2015/2016 School Year

·            TORONTO: Lessons ongoing – more students very much welcome!

·            HALTON/Oakville: Hopefully restarting next year!



4 * Requests and inquiries / Verzoeken en vragen

·                                            JOB OPENING at Toronto Consulate-General!

·                                            Babysitter gezocht



5 * News / Nieuws

·            More to follow soon - Please stay tuned, thanks for your patience


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1* Upcoming Dutch Treat events


Thu. August 4: BORREL

The August Borrel is just around the corner. We meet every first Thursday of the month at Fynns, 489 King St. West.

No need to be Dutch, everyone is welcome, but if you want to practice some Dutch, this is the place to be. Show up, have a drink, meet a couple of new friends. The focus is social interaction, meeting people, networking and conversation.

Yohan and Regina will be hosting again.

Spread the word!

See you all on Thursday!!

We are also looking into some additional events in different locations (Oakville/Burlington? Toronto East? North GTA? Suggestions welcome: here); 

Place: Fynn’s of Temple Bar, 489 King St W, in Toronto.
Time: Everybody is welcome from 6:30pm – but feel free to come later (after dinner?), as we are sure to still be there.
RSVP: not necessary, but appreciated (so we can let the people of Fynn’s know): via e-mail, or on the Facebook event page

Tentative schedule for further borrels:

·                                            September 8

·                                            October 6


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2    * Upcoming other Dutch-Canadian events

August 13: August 15, 1945 Foundation Commemoration Kumpulan

When: August 13, doors open 10am
Where: Holland Christian Homes, Harmony Hall, 7900 McLaughlin Road, Brampton.

Contact: Pol Maenhaut 416-769-5253 or Wil Moens 905-569-7430.


September 10: Book Launch - After Paris

Written by Renny deGroot (MacKinnon), After Paris, is about a Dutch nurse who forged her identity with skill and courage during WW1 in France, struggles to overcome family conflict and self doubt as that identity melts away after the war; leading her to flee to Canada in search of answers.

The author’s debut novel, Family Business, was shortlisted for the 2015 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.

The book launch will feature a reading from the book, food & beverages, music, and book signing.

When: September 10 (3-5pm)
Where: Real Mo-Mo’s, 51 Colborne St, Toronto
Everybody invited, though http://rennydegroot.com/ suggests to RSVP, as space is limited.

November 10: EUFF showing Publieke Werken

On Thursday, November 10th, 2016 the EUFF (European Union Film Festival) opens with a film from the Netherlands.
The film is an adaptation of the book “Publieke Werken” by Thomas Rosenboom. The film is in Dutch with English subtitles.  The English title is: “A Noble Intention.”
The film is directed by Joram Lürsen who will be present for a Q & A with the audience after the viewing.  The Consul General of the Netherlands in Toronto will also be present.

Date: November 10th 2016 at 8:30 pm
Venue: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto
Free admission to all EUFF films (donations welcome)


For more events - also those further away from the GTA - in then Dutch Canadian Community please visit: www.dutchcommunitycalendar.ca.

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3 * Dutch Language Education / Nederlandse lessen – 2015/2016

UPDATE June 2016

Classes in TORONTO: Started, with more students still very much welcome!

Hi Young Families, this is for you!

The Don Mills Middle School always has openings for Saturday Dutch classes. Annemarie, the teacher of this class is a long-standing member if our group and an excellent teacher! Hopefully with more students next year,  the Toronto District School Board may also open an additional class!

The classes are very (!) inexpensive $20/year (not a typo!). So, give your children the gift learning a language. Think about it: its fun to meet other children and while at class, its quasi free day care for you and time to go from this long desired Saturday brunch with friends (just jokingJ)

Here are the details. Contact us if you have any questions: info@dutchtreat.ca, or Annemarie at juf.leepel@gmail.com

Woodbine Junior High School
International Language Elementary Program (TDSB)
Location:  2900 Don Mills Rd, North York
Time:    Saturday 9:00 – 11:30 am
Grades:    JK – grade 8
Cost:        $ 20.00/year


Classes in HALTON/OAKVILLE: Lessons hopefully resuming

      The Halton District School Board remains interested in offering Dutch language classes, if suitable teachers can be found.

      If they resume, classes are expected to be at West Oak Public School in Oakville, 9:30 am – noon.

For more information and registration, please contact: Ms. Dorothy Whiteley, Program Administrator, International Languages (Elementary) Program, Gary Allan High School (Adult, Alternative & Community Education) - New Street Education Centre Halton District School Board - www.garyallan.ca - Phone:  905-632-2944, ext. 148; Fax: 905-637-5390; Email: whiteleyd@hdsb.ca.

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To those with an interest in Dutch language instruction for adults:

Previously, Dutch Treat sent out an email to gauge the interest in Dutch language instruction as well as an introduction to Dutch culture.  The response was overwhelming and many adults as well as children were tentatively registered as potential students. 

As we aimed to accommodate the children's Dutch language classes first we initiated classes in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board. We would still like to pursue lessons for adults who showed an interest in learning Dutch.

Currently, our steering committee has found three different options to fill the need/want for Dutch language adult classes, according to people's different purposes and goals.

Option 1: UofT Continuing Education

This option is available to people who would like to learn Dutch in order to complete a certificate course.

Dutch in class courses are offered at U of T School of Continuing Studies and they cater to multiple skill levels. The different courses are 8 weeks in length.

Upon completion of 4 levels of courses within a 36 months time limit, a certificate in conversational languages may be obtained.

Go to www.learn.utoronto.ca for more info.  Or contact Ms. Marianne Verheyen, mverheyen@sympatico.ca

Option 2: Semi private/small groups (not available right now, but we continue to explore)

This option will hopefully become available to people who would like to learn about the Dutch language and culture without the aim of completing a certificate course. These classes would be provided in small groups of maximum 5 people and will be taught by a private instructor. Fees will be determined in consultation with the instructor and based on the number of people registering.

Option 3: parallel to children’s classes (not available right now, but we continue to explore)

This option may be available to people who would like to learn about the Dutch language and culture in a parallel class to their children's class (enrolled in the TDSB international language classes).

Please contact info@dutchtreat.ca for more information.


Thank you very much and we look forward to hearing from you!

the Dutch Treat Dutch Language Initiative Steering Group

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4 * Request and Inquiries / Verzoeken en vragen


A JOB OPENING at Toronto Consulate-General!

Received from the Consulate-General (in Dutch, as we figure the language is required for the job):

Het Nederlandse consulaat-generaal in Toronto is per 1 september op zoek naar een nieuwe parttime medewerker voor haar Economische Afdeling. De ideale kandidaat heeft naast een relevante opleiding een brede interesse in internationale betrekkingen en Canada. Naast een  hands-on instelling en teamplayer is de kandidaat goed in staat zelfstandig werkzaamheden uit te voeren. Team ondersteunende werkzaamheden zijn een belangrijk onderdeel van de werkzaamheden. Voor een volledige omschrijving van het takenpakket en de vereisten voor de functie verwijzen we naar de bijlage (here).

Salaris indicatie voor de parttime positie (0,5 aanstelling) is CAD 2300,- per maand.

Sollicitaties, met een motivatiebrief en curriculum vitae, kunnen gestuurd worden (liefst per e-mail) naar:
Het Consulaat Generaal van het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden
T.a.v.  Consul Generaal Mr. Anne Gerard van Leeuwen & Plaatsvervangend Consul Generaal Mrs. Emmy Scholten
1 Dundas Street West, Suite 2106
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z3
Email: tor-cdp@minbuza.nl

Solliciteren kan tot 20 Augustus 2016


Wanted: Babysitter (‘naschoolse oppas’)

Received from a Dutch Treat member (in Dutch, as the language is desired):

Gezocht: verantwoordelijke naschoolse oppas die samen met een van ons voor onze kinderen kan zorgen voor 2, 3, of 4 middagen per week (afhankelijk van je interesse en beschikbaarheid).


We zijn twee werkende Nederlands-Canadese professionals waarvan een (meestal de moeder; soms de vader) bijna altijd op tijd is om de kinderen van school te halen. Maar ons werk is soms onvoorspelbaar, dus zoeken we een betrouwbare oppas die op tijd op school (bij Bathurst +

Eglinton) kan zijn om de kinderen op te halen en samen met een van ons een paar uur voor de kinderen kan zorgen: veilig naar huis lopen en daarna diverse activiteiten zoals een snack voorbereiden, samen met 1 of

2 kinderen naar de bibliotheek gaan, huiswerk nakijken, misschien een beetje sporten met 1 of 2 kinderen als het mooi weer is, enz. Goede vergoeding op basis van ervaring en geschiktheid. Liefst Nederlandstalig. Vanaf september, liefst voor het schooljaar. Gelieve contact op te nemen op tggr_us@yahoo.com






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5 * News / Nieuws


More To follow - Please stay tuned


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Dutch Treat Canada is a (free) social and cultural organization serving the Dutch-Canadian community in Toronto and the GTA. We organize a number of activities for various people: young and old; families, couples and singles; in and outside the city. We communicate in both Dutch and English.

Dutch Treat has more than 1500 members (summer 2013), plus hundreds more on Facebook (which is not always current, please refer to our e-mail membership) and reaches an estimated 3000+ Dutch-Canadians through its electronic Newsletter.

It goes without saying we celebrate national holidays like Queen's Day, Sinterklaas, and others. We also organize monthly borrels ('drinks', 'pubnights') in the evening (typically on the last Friday of the month) and regular daytime events. We have Winter Sports Days, Easter Parties, Picnics, Billiard Evenings, a number of cultural outings and much, much more. In relevant years we try to organize ‘Soccer Parties’ to watch World or Euro Cup matches together - the World Cup Final in 2010 attracted 1000s of enthusiastic fans.

In our regular newsletters we try to keep our members informed, also about activities of other Dutch-Canadian events and activities in Toronto and the GTA. Currently, the membership is free of cost.

If you want information, or are interested in becoming a member (we are Dutch, it is free!), please e-mail info@dutchtreat.ca (and indicate your preference for Dutch or English newsletters!). Feel free to join our Facebook group as well, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/DutchTreatCanada, but please be advised that e-mail and website are our preferred (and more current) means of communication.

Henriette Grootenhuis, Marjan Lahuis en Wilmar Kortleever,

Board of Management
Dutch Treat Canada, Toronto/GTA

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Dutch Treat is a client of OYOP.