Class of 1989, B.A. Business Administration
I graduated from Dordt College in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Business Administration. My memories of Dordt are many. What immediately comes to mind is the dedication and commitment of the professors and the teaching of the 'Reformed world and life view' that all of life is religious and that everything is under God's sovereignty. This world and life view has provided a framework for my future and built on my upbringing in a Christian home by Dutch immigrant parents and on my primary education at a Christian School. I'm still in contact with some of my roommates and friends after more than 20 years and all of them are actively making a difference in their communities. I also have fond memories of my involvement in the Dordt Blades Hockey Club and have organized and participated in four alumni hockey events since graduation. My semester off campus with the Chicago Met Program was also life changing-- big city, unique cultural experiences, career confirming and new friends.
Looking back, I can really see God's hand at work in my life. When I graduated, I was considering law school and had been accepted by two large Canadian universities. However, I really wanted to work and at the last minute was hired by Toronto Dominion Bank. Having worked in six branches in seven years and progressed from Management Trainee to Assistant Manager, I was given a severance package at age 29. Although initially shocked and disappointed, I was blessed with the opportunity to re-evaluate and renew. I realized that the work experiences at the Bank had provided me with an excellent background in financial services from credit to financial planning. After working through the book '€œWhat Color in My Parachute'€ and writing a personal mission statement, a wonderful opportunity arose with Christian Credit Union. Both personally and professionally, I'm convinced that God had placed me in the right place at the right time. Fifteen years later, I currently serve as Manager, Financial Planning and help members achieve their life planning goals from saving for retirement to planning their estate. I manage approximately $60MM in assets. Along the way, I have continued to take courses and earn designations including the Canadian Securities Course and Certified Financial Planner® designation. Through Christian Credit Union's 'Difference' newsletter, distributed to over 5,500 Christian Credit Union members throughout Canada, I write articles about financial planning topics and Biblical principles with regards to finances.
I met Carol Slomp, a fellow Dordt Alumni ('93) while she was studying in Edmonton and was married in 1997. We have been blessed with two wonderful children and are actively involved in our church, school and greater Edmonton community.
My advice to Dordt College students:
- Be active in campus activities and take advantage of the opportunities to learn both on and off campus.
- Commit yourself to life-long learning.
- Write and reflect on a personal mission statement to help weigh life decisions.
- Realize that even though you may not know it or recognize it, God has a plan for you. As the book of Jeremiah says, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jer. 29:11)
My personal mission statement: Live as a Kingdom servant, secure in the knowledge that Jesus Christ is my personal Saviour, by making a difference and impacting others, modelling integrity, honesty, compassion, joy and knowledge in my relationship with Carol and others.