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DubHub gets new coordinator

  • Volkert Volkersz has been announced as the Dublin Community Center's new program coordinator. Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Nicholas Handy—Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Volkert Volkersz has been announced as the Dublin Community Center's new program coordinator. Nicholas Handy

  • Volkert Volkersz has been announced as the Dublin Community Center's new program coordinator. Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Nicholas Handy—Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Volkert Volkersz has been announced as the Dublin Community Center's new program coordinator. Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Nicholas Handy—Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, October 16, 2017 3:39PM

The Dublin Community Center’s Board of Directors have announced Volkert Volkersz as the new program coordinator for the DubHub.

Volkersz, who was born in Amsterdam and spent much of his life in Washington state, said in an interview Thursday that he hopes to continue the welcoming environment of the DubHub by fostering programs and opportunities for all ages. 

“I’m looking forward to creating programming that appeals to different segments of the population… to make it an attractive area for all ages,” said Volkersz. “It’s a delightful community to be a part of.”

Volkersz – who recently retired and moved to Peterborough with his wife Sandi, a Peterborough native, to be closer to grandchildren – said he first attended a DubHub event about three years ago, when he and Sandi were up for a visit.

After moving across the country about a year ago, Volkersz began to attend events at the DubHub more regularly, especially open mics and other music related events. Volkersz eventually decided to apply for the position, as he felt his past experiences could serve the DubHub well. 

“I’ve worked with all ages in the past,,” said Volkersz. “I’m pretty excited about hosting open mics. Seeing the art is also exciting for me.”

Back in Washington, Volkersz spent almost 40 years in the education field, spending time as a high school librarian, an elementary school librarian, an elementary school music teacher, a summer youth camp program coordinator, and more. 

Volkersz has also been a musician for much of his life, with songwriting and playing guitar being two of Volkersz’ biggest passions. Volkersz has directed youth and church choirs, performed extensively as a folksinger/songwriter, and has organized and hosted a number of concerts. Since moving to the Monadnock region, he has participated in a number of local open mics. 

“I grew up in a music and arts family and a house full of books,” said Volkersz. “My father was a small time publisher. I’ve always loved print media.”

While music-themed events may become a staple of Volkersz tenure as program coordinator, he will not shy away from education and other events. Volkersz said he is excited to work with a recently awarded NH Charitable Foundation grant awarded to the Community Center, which will allow for the purchase of laptops for an afterschool program to teach coding. 

“A lot of this is right up my alley,” said Volkersz, of the programming people would come to expect from the DubHub.