GEA SIJPKES – Guest Speaker (Deventer, Netherlands)

General Manager, Humanitas Deventer

As profiled in the media and TV globally, including the UK, Gea has developed a truly innovative approach to elderly care within the elderly residential centre Humanitas Deventer.

Gea invited students to take residency within the centre, where in exchange for 30 hours of volunteer work per month, students are able to stay in vacant rooms there free of charge. Changing the face of elderly care, the incredibly innovative programme has created an inclusive community where no one is left out. Gea sees unique qualities in everyone, which can contribute to the community that Humanitas Deventer is.

According to Ms. Sijpkes, success is inspired by the leader, and put into practice by the staff members.