Since the age of 13, Ida felt called to serve overseas to address poverty.
The oldest of nine children, Ida pursued opportunities to reach this goal, even when her mother died of cancer when Ida was just fifteen.
Ida served with World Renew for 15 years in the areas of community and leadership development prior to her appointment as Co-director in 2006.
Her role in 1985 as planning and development adviser in Uganda led to her appointment as Uganda field director in 1989. When she moved to Canada with her family in 1995, she served for another five years with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, developing ServiceLink as a volunteer management and service opportunities program.
Ida accepted the position as East and Southern Africa team leader in 2000.
In addition to her work with World Renew, Ida is an active member of her church at Immanuel CRC in Hamilton, where she has been serving as a chair of council (term completed) and pastoral elder (currently in her second term). She is currently serving as a member of the Classical Interim Committee for Classis Hamilton, and she regularly teaches an evening course at Redeemer University College on "Principles and Practices of Community Development" as part of their international studies program.
Ida enjoys doing half marathon running or fast walk events. This year she is joining the Sea to Sea ride for two weeks, cycling from Calgary to Winnipeg.
Originally from Alymer, Ontario, Ida holds undergraduate degrees in agriculture from Dordt College and the University of Guelph, and a Master's degree in Management for Voluntary Sector Leaders from McGill University. She and her husband James have three children and live in Ontario.