About The Dutch Liberation 2020 Canadian Society

The Dutch Liberation 2020 Canadian Society was incorporated under the Societies Act of British Columbia, Canada on August 31, 2018.

History of Dutch Liberation 2020 Canadian Society

Representatives from the BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion, and members of various Dutch organizations in Canada including the Netherlands Association “Je Maintiendrai” – Dutch Network, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies (CAANS) and the Dutch Business Club (DBC), Vancouver joined together and created this Society.

The Dutch Liberation 2020 Canadian Society is now in the planning stages of organizing a special celebration in Canada from April 2020 to July 2020 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian soldiers in 1945.

We have chosen the tulips ‘Canadian Liberator’ and ‘Strong Love’ to help raise awareness of the many sacrifices made by our soldiers, sailors, and airmen and to thank Canada for its contributions to end World War II in Europe.

Our goal is to plant as many red tulips across the country in cities, towns, villages, parks, and home gardens, to create an atmosphere of overwhelming thanks and appreciation of Canada and its veterans.

All tulip bulbs have sold out but we still accept your donation.

Founding Members of the Dutch Liberation 2020 Canadian Society include:

Dutch Liberation Canadian Society 2020

A Time to Awaken Memories and Forever Seal the Bonds of Friendship



Set up by three members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Dutch Branch 005 – Liberation of The Netherlands –

We need your help to build a virtual memorial. The Faces to Graves website at www.facestograves.nl tells the story of the project and gives details of how Canadian families can contribute to the endeavour to share the story of their loved one who died in World War II in the Netherlands. Click the icon on the left of this page.

We encourage people to visit the Faces of Graves site and contribute memories and information of their loved ones who perished in the Netherlands during WWII.

Recommended article: Liberation of The Netherlands 1944-45 – “Faces to Graves” Project

Constitution and By-laws of the Organization

Directors of Dutch Liberation 2020 Canadian Society are as Follows:

President/Director of Education: Adriana Zylmans
Vice-President/Director of Royalty: Erik van der Ven
Secretary: Joost Blom/Adriana Zylmans
Treasurer/Finance Committee Manager: William Fung
Director of Marketing: John van Rij
Director of Remembrance Day Services at City Cemeteries
/Dodenherdenking Manager: David Whittier

Advisory Members are as Follows:

Noud de Rover
Annette Dorrepaal
Ron Fielden
Yetty Foulds
Hans Steen
Yonie Tang
Dan Thomas
Albert van der Heide


Printing Manager: Richard Kouwenhoven, Hemlock Printers
Concert Manager: Ron Fielden


Remembrance Services/Dodenherdenking Committee: David Whittier, Bryan Lutz, Ron Fielden, Annette Dorrepaal, Yetty Foulds 
Education Committee: Adriana Zylmans, Yetty Foulds, Albert van der Heide, Hans Steen
Tulip Committee: Adriana Zylmans & Carl van Noort 
Marketing/Fundraising Committee: John van Rij
Social Media Committee: Noud de Rover
Music Committee: Ron Fielden 
Finance Committee: William Fung
Royalty Committee: Erik van der Ven

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