Who is Sabrina Vrutaal?
I was born on the beautiful island St. Maarten in the 80s, raised in Holland, returned to St. Maarten, completed my studies in Curaçao, and am now a mother of two boys and the Founder of EduCare Foundation. I have been a Registered Nurse for the past nine years. I’m currently employed as the AVBZ officer at Social Health Insurances SZV for the past five years, while managing the Early Childhood Learning Center for children from birth to four years old, with a dedicated team of four teachers and one school assistant.
How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as a driven and caring person who is always willing to challenge, myself. I am also a very social person.
While living in Holland, I completed MAVO. I always loved caring for babies and children, however, I chose nursing to have more working options after my studies.
What is EduCare Foundation?
EduCare Foundation was founded in March 2015 with four board members who had the mission and vision of the foundation at heart. We offer services that would enhance the quality of life even before birth through education, care and support in the areas of prenatal, postnatal and early childhood education. We started in July 2015 with prenatal workshops to give much-needed information to the community when it comes to caring for your baby, what to expect during delivery, breastfeeding and more. In September 2015, we officially opened the doors to our early childhood education centre that offers an alternative for parents during the day, allowing children to develop at their own pace while stimulating and educating them with emphasis on cognitive development, social emotional development and physical development.
How did you end up in early childhood development?
I always had a passion for children and I had the pleasure of working at the baby clinic of White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation/Youth Health Care for three years. After moving on to SZV, I wanted to be involved with the development and care of children and therefore the idea EduCare came about.
And what do you like about being in this field?
Children are here to be loved and cared for, they depend on us to show them love, care, and right from wrong. I enjoy seeing the joy on their faces and seeing the little one grow and taking the courage to do new things just because they feel secure and loved.
What differentiates you from other professionals in the field?
Everyone who does their job with passion and love in their heart will deliver good services. I would not differentiate myself from the others. However, consistency and self-advancement are key to success.
Tell me about your upcoming conference?
The Early Childhood Development and Disorder Conference is a one-day event on Saturday, October 8, which will highlight different aspects of a child's development, how we monitor a child development, common acquired disorders during the development and services that are available locally that are there to support and assist with such. EduCare Foundation was chosen as the organisation to be highlighted during the month of October by Be the Change Foundation, which is a charity fundraising group that assists non-profit organisations with raising monies needed for a particular cause or project while promoting the mission and objectives of that organisation.
Who does it target?
It targets (expecting) parents, caregivers, teachers and the community at large that would like to know more on these topics.
What does the coordinating organisation hope to achieve with such an event?
We hope that participants gain knowledge from the experts in this field, insight on certain behaviours and also network with those present.
Why should anyone attend?
This event was organised for the community free of charge with local and regional speakers all with the same goal in mind: to educate the community on these much needed topics. We often have question or doubts pertaining to child development, but don't know where to go with them. This is the perfect opportunity for you to attend. Persons interested in attending can register via our Facebook page: EduCare Foundation SXM or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completing my Bachelor’s in business management, expanding the services of EduCare and being the best I can be spiritually and mentally.
What do you do outside of EduCare Foundation?
Being a full-time AVBZ officer, mother and fiancé is enough to keep me occupied.
None I can think of besides juggling all my responsibilities at the same time.
Dream holiday venue?
I would have to say Bora Bora. It looks like a place where I can actually step out of my busy schedule and relax.
What message do you have for youngsters who want to follow in your footsteps?
Whenever pursuing your dreams, don't look left or right, when you do that, you start to compare yourself and this can lead to doubt or even failure. Look straight ahead and follow your heart.
Travelling, shopping and dining.
I’m terrible at delegating and this can cause hindrance, especially when working in a team.
Don't meditate on the problems, meditate on the promise.
What’s your favourite type of music?
Zouk, soca, gospel and ritmo kombina (Curaçao music).
If you could ask any three persons (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would they be and what would you cook for them?
I would ask my great grandmother, grandmother and mother. I am blessed to have all alive and well, I would try to cook a la Martinique such as fish, breadfruit, banana and avocado.