Meet a Community Elder: Tina Daalderop

Keeping busy and involved in the community is a way of life, and at 78 Tina still has big plans for the future

June 16, 2023 | | Over the Next Hill

Singer, writer, adventurer, athlete and opera fan, Tina Daalderop’s zest for life is matched only by her dedication to her community.

Tina was born in Baltimore, the youngest of three children. Her parents divorced when she was just three, and remarried, creating a blended family that exposed her to different lifestyles. Her politician father and stepmother, who grew up abroad with a father in the foreign service, inspired her curiosity and love for travel and adventure. Her mother, a New York model, and stepfather, a physician, led her toward pursuing a career in the medical field.

After high school Tina obtained a degree in early childhood education, followed by an RN, working at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After a break for travel, she returned to school, earning a bachelor of science and helping to set up a clinic for illegal immigrants.

Tina Daalderop has had a lifelong commitment to community service.

On a trip home during that time, her stepmother introduced her to Matt Daalderop, who had immigrated to Canada from Holland to study optometry. They married four years later, settling briefly in Toronto before moving in 1975 to the home on Bolton’s North Hill where they have lived ever since – though not without interludes of travel and adventure.

Those adventures included a 15-month transatlantic voyage by sailboat, during which their two children, Mark-Jan and Marijke, then 10 and 11, were homeschooled at sea.

Although Tina long harboured a dream of returning to Maryland where her siblings still live, her commitment to the Caledon community has never wavered.

  • Story Continues Below Advertisements
  • Driven by both her cultural and social service interests, she was instrumental in establishing the Caledon advisory council aimed at fostering culture in Caledon and served on the board of Caledon Community Services. Over the years she has also volunteered with the Orangeville Concert Association, the Humber Valley Heritage Trail Association, Meals on Wheels, HomeJames and Chez Thrift.

    Now 78, she is spearheading the post-Covid revival of the popular CrossCurrents music nights at Bolton United Church. And she does some performing of her own at local seniors’ residences with fellow guitarist and singer Freda Wrench. She continues to stay physically active as an avid tennis player and certified Nordic pole walking instructor.

    Tina says she feels blessed to have had a busy and fulfilling life, and she adds emphatically, “I’m not done yet.”

    About the Author More by Gail Grant

    Gail Grant is a freelance writer who lives in Palgrave.

    Related Stories

    Meet a Community Elder: Carol Good

    Mar 20, 2023 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

    Former corporate consultant Carol Good turned to writing poetry later in life, and recently published a book of her own poetry, ‘Alive & 65: A Celebration’.

    Geoff Dilley

    Nov 20, 2022 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

    Each of Geoff Dilley’s memory boxes has a unique inlay design, crafted with the types of wood once used to make propellers for World War I aircraft.

    Leave a Comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    By posting a comment you agree that IN THE HILLS magazine has the legal right to publish, edit or delete all comments for use both online or in print. You also agree that you bear sole legal responsibility for your comments, and that you will hold IN THE HILLS harmless from the legal consequences of your comment, including libel, copyright infringement and any other legal claims. Any comments posted on this site are NOT the opinion of IN THE HILLS magazine. Personal attacks, offensive language and unsubstantiated allegations are not allowed. Please report inappropriate comments to