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 past President (2012-2018) of the Waterloo-Wellington Chapter of the Appraisal Institute of Canada.
Alinda is fluent in both English and Dutch.