Jan van Asch is leaving COC Amsterdam after a period of four years on the board, with the last two years as president. “I am proud of all our volunteers, who have put their heart and soul into the emancipation and acceptance of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) in Amsterdam.”
Ambition. Jan van Asch was elected President by the members of COC Amsterdam after terms as the organisation's secretary and treasurer, in order to head its reorganization.
“With the theme ‘connecting and strengthening,’ we went to work as a voluntary Board of Directors with a high level of ambition and many new initiatives,” Van Asch notes.
COC Amsterdam has 120 volunteers, from 55 information officials who have given over 550 educational lessons over the past year in Amsterdam, to district coordinators that are active in the boroughs.
2013 saw the launch of the 'borough approach': voluntary district coordinators who develop initiatives aimed at LGTS in districts and neighbourhoods. This year, and in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam, the ‘AmsterdamPinkPanel’ was launched. A survey panel with approximately 700 respondents that enables the organisation to research the (Amsterdam) LGBT community. On the occasion of the last city council election, an 'Amsterdam Pink Ballot Agreement' was made. An agreement with eight key points that serve as a basis for a four year period of LGBT city council policy, co-signed by COC Amsterdam.
“The triangle District Coordinators, Survey Panel and Politics are the perfect combination for looking after LGBT interests,” the resigning President notes.
There is still plenty to fight for in the city of Amsterdam. There are great challenges when it comes to LGBT safety, care for vulnerable groups and upcoming decentralized care.
“I am very pleased that the current Vice President Peter de Ruijter will take over ad interim,” Van Asch says. “A new professional challenge awaits me at my current employer, but I will remain active for the COC as a volunteer for the AmsterdamPinkPanel and the work group Politics.”