CHRISTEL VAN BAALEN
Christel is the Community Liaison Officer at the Auckland Down Syndrome Association. She has been involved with the Association since 2002 firstly as a committee member, newsletter editor and then president. Christel has been the community liaison officer since 2007.
Christel lives in Waiau Pa with her partner, Anthony, and their daughter, Renee (18). Renee has Down syndrome. Christel is originally from The Netherlands but has been living in New Zealand since 1991
Deanne is the Social Media & Library Officer at the ADSA. She lives in Glendowie with her husband Nick and children Macey and Edward. Prior to having children, Deanne worked for The University of Auckland for ten years as a Print & Web Designer. When she is not in the ADSA office, she is busy studying Communication and Digital Marketing.
In her spare time, Deanne enjoys playing the ukulele, surfing and bike riding; and she has an addiction to cookbooks.