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Meet Our Team
I am a Korean Canadian who has also lived in Belgium and Korea. I have volunteered with various international and social welfare organizations throughout my 17 years abroad. Living in Korea completed me. It was the missing piece I never knew I was missing. I am proud of my beautiful heritage and passionate about learning and sharing its culture. I also love cooking, especially for other people. My chocolate chip cookies will always remind me of the children and their smiles while eating them.
Sanjini De Silva Rijsberman
I am a mum/Environmental Scientist/ Health & Wellness coach/Education advocate who is happiest combining these areas: Healthy People = Healthy Planet! I am a global citizen with Sri Lankan roots. My family is both cross-cultural & blended. I love working with OA and using my leadership & organizational development skills to guide us towards our Vision. Maria Montessori said it best "Within the child lies the fate of the future.”
I came to Seoul from the UK in 2013 with my husband and 3 of my 4 children, who have now grown up and returned there. My faith in God who loves each and every person motivates me to help at Open Arms. I have a background in school governance. I speak French and try to learn Korean. I also enjoy pottery, poetry, and coffee with friends. I love living in Korea!
As a reflective practitioner, I am a Change Management Consultant for adult organizations and shaper for kids. An inspired traveler worldwide and the mind to share my experience and knowledge is my life. As Henry Miller said, our destination is never a place but a new way of looking at things!
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