Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sports

Victor Stöcker, program manager of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports:

´After a 2.5-year collaboration in the National Health Prevention Program ´All about Health´ I can say that Sonja Bleuland van Oordt is dedicated, faithful, driven and results-oriented. In this assignment from the Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, she was the program director and she has achieved more than was expected. She has maintained her course even at times when pressure was exerted to change course. Based on her wish to give real meaning to cooperation between government and society, she and her team have started a movement within the Netherlands. A unique collaboration in the Netherlands between private organizations, private and public, and between public organizations with the aim of creating a healthy living environment. Sonja believes that every organization, big or small, is able and prepared to contribute to a healthy society. Sonja has the strength to connect, she speaks the language of business, health care institutions and the government and has the heart of a professional. These skills have helped her to commit more than 3,000 organizations within the Netherlands to contribute to the program, signed up for in 375 pledges . By having everyone contribute within their own capabilities and work collectively. Sonja is a team player, she stimulates and inspires her team to go a step further. Her drive does not stand in the way of her ability to self-reflect and accept the opinion of others, but she remains focused on the final result.

Personally, I greatly appreciate Sonja for her honesty, her tenacity and her openness. If she believes in it, she will. If not, she will let you know. I look back on a fascinating and inspiring collaboration. I can heartily recommend her.`