A little bit of history…

In 1990 Alinda immigrated with her family from Holland to Canada.

In 1992 Alinda took the 2 year Equestrian program at Humber College, graduating with a diploma in Horse Studies in 1994. After graduation, she started her dream job of grooming for one of Canada’s top showjumpers, Hugh Graham. She worked as a show groom for 3 years, looking after jumpers Money Talks, Undercover and Pan Am B, and traveling thru-out Canada, the U.S., as well as Mexico, the 1995 Pan Am Games in Buenos Aires and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. After the 3 years of grooming Alinda managed the barn for 2 more years.

In 2001, after working at a vet clinic for 2 years, Alinda was looking for a career change. When she heard about the profession of Appraiser she thought it sounded good, signed up and was taking the first course towards her new career 2 weeks later.

After 6 years of studying part time and working full time as a Candidate Appraiser, she received her CRA designation from the Appraisal Institute of Canada in 2008 and started Dekker Appraisal Services shortly thereafter.

Alinda is the current President of the Waterloo-Wellington Chapter of the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

Alinda is fluent in both English and Dutch.

Her interests include gardening, home improvement, travel, horse back riding, cheering for the Dutch National soccer team, cruising in her 1975 Cadillac Eldorado and spending time with her German Shepherd, Sheriff.