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Change in Leadership at Right To Play Switzerland


Good news from the Swiss Right To Play office

2020 has challenged us and tested our resilience, flexibility, and creativity. In the process, great innovations have emerged in our programme countries via TV, radio, and the internet, which enabled us to reach some 12 million children with play-based education!

The Swiss Right To Play Team has also seen some welcome changes. Virginie Emery is now the mother of a beautiful baby girl and after her maternity leave and four successful years as National Director of Right To Play Switzerland, she has taken on a new global role within Right To Play. As of 1 February 2021, she will lead the process for developing and monitoring national strategies and annual operational plans and ensure alignment with global strategies. A new challenge that will allow her to draw on her experience from her work in the Swiss office.

Sonja Ringdal, delegate of Right To Play's Swiss Board, took on the interim role as National Director during Virginie Emery's maternity leave and successfully led the team through the pandemic. Due to Virginie Emery's change of role, Sonja Ringdal has agreed to take over the lead for the Swiss Right To Play office from 1 February 2021 until further notice. She looks forward to continuing to work with the Swiss team and Right To Play supporters for a safer, fairer, and more hopeful world.

«With such loyal, committed and highly reliable supporters at our side, I am hopeful for the future. Our supporters have facilitated the many programme innovations Right To Play has been able to develop over the past year in order to keep children healthy and safe, learning and mentally strong, despite the many challenges they face! Let's tackle it again and ensure that the most vulnerable in our society get the support and opportunities they need to thrive in the midst of crisis nonetheless.» - Sonja Ringdal

We wish Virginie Emery and Sonja Ringdal lots of fun and positive experiences in their new roles and great success in their work to protect, educate, and empower children.