IOFF’s Coordinators volunteer their time.
Karen Hunter, Organizer & Event Coordinator
Karen is the daughter of the late Gilbert Hunter, who served as a Lieutenant with the 2nd LAA battalion during the Liberation of The Netherlands. She has over 30 years of experience in communications and project management. Twice nominated for Women of Distinction Awards, Karen’s interest in social advocacy and purposeful living has taken her to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the path of The Camino, a monastery in the Himalayas and, now, to the historic route taken by her father—and his Canadian comrades—as they liberated The Netherlands.
Karen and her husband live in Guelph, Ontario.
Peter van der Meij, Logistics Coordinator
Peter attended the Dutch Royal Military Academy and studied Transport Economics and Logistics at Rotterdam University. As a Logistics Officer in the ‘80s, he was responsible for traffic and coordination for the famous “Nijmegen Four Days Marches,” the world’s largest multi-day walking event. Living in Apeldoorn at the time, Peter and his wife, Ans, hosted Karen’s father, a Canadian Veteran, and his wife. Over the next 30 years, Ans became their “4th daughter,” visiting Canada regularly.
After leaving the Army, Peter became involved in the Canadian Veterans’ trips to the Netherlands as a member of the Board of OAD Travel. He later became COO and co-owner of one of The Netherland’s largest logistics companies. Besides Peter’s business responsibilities, he has been involved in social, educational and economic activities/projects at a local and regional governmental level, for which he was awarded one of the highest Dutch decorations: Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau.
Peter and Ans live in Uden, The Netherlands.