I spend my time to help those in need, who would otherwise not have some of the services, that can help them enjoy a full life with the disabilities or issues they have. We are all on this earth together, and we should all help one another to feel worthy. Giving is so much more rewarding then receiving. Volunteering gives me joy and self-worth! My heart feels happy after I have assisted someone in need. How giving makes me feel, words cannot describe fully.” ~ Loesje
Born in Ajax, Loesje started her career at the Cardiac Rehab Center (CRC) in Toronto as a technologist.
Landing a position at Humber Memorial Hospital in later years, Loesje met an Electroencephalography (EEG) Technologist who introduced her to the procedure. Fascinated, she attained a position at the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) and began taking courses to advance her career as an EEG Technologist.
In 1993, Loesje took courses to her Sleep Technologist Diploma, and a year later started the RVH Sleep Lab with two of her colleagues.
In the late 1990’s, Loesje became involved with Epilepsy Simcoe County (ESC) and sat on the Board of Directors by holding various positions. However, due to a busy home- and work-life – in addition to starting the Epilepsy Education Program at the RVH – Loesje resigned from the ESC Board of Directors for approximately ten years.
When home-life became less hectic – and everyone became more independent – Loesje rejoined the Board and continued to be the Medical Liaison for Epilepsy-related issues or questions.
Loesje is married to Louie (her very patient and loving husband), and is the mother to three sons and one daughter. She is also the very proud “Omie” to four boys. Throughout her childhood she moved numerous times and ended up in Toronto during her high school years. After high school graduation, Loesje went to Europe, and then went to Nursing School in the Netherlands in the late 1970’s. After graduation, she moved back to Ontario and continued her education at George Brown College where she met Louie.
Loesje brings a wealth of knowledge with her in regards to navigating the medical community for our clients. She is heavily involved in fundraising and running events for ESC and has been instrumental in shaping the vision for our Chapter.