Raphaël Broye

Chairman of the Foundation Board

George E. Paltzer

Vice-chairman of the Board

Véronique Bornand-Sickenberg

Member of the Foundation Board

Christian Bonhôte

Board Member

Rébecca Michelot

Board Member

Christopher Newman

Board Member

Geneviève Lavanchy

Board Member

Raphaël Broye

Chairman of the Foundation Board

Chairman of the Foundation Board, joined in 2008
Company Administrator

Why the Just for Smiles cause is important to me
I want to put into place the financial, human and technical resources to enable as many disabled people as possible to have access to a maximum number of opportunities.

An achievement that is close to my heart
The ‘disability sailing’ accreditation for our first catamaran, something we fought hard for.

My vision of the future for Just for Smiles
I want to lead projects with real human values so that subsequent generations can better embrace them.

George E. Paltzer

Vice-chairman of the Board

Vice-chairman of the Board, joined in 2017
Financial advisor

What motivated me to work for Just for Smiles
In reading the name of the Just for Smiles Foundation, I immediately understood that this Foundation is achieving something essential: a moment of joy, a new sensation, a feeling of independence for people whose life situation is complex. It is with great pleasure that I commit myself to pursue these goals.

An achievement that is particularly important to me
Duplicate the successes encountered during the last ten years in Romandie and apply them in German-speaking Switzerland

My vision for Just for Smiles
That Just for Smiles becomes a national organization recognized for its high quality and great humanity always in favor of people with disabilities.

Véronique Bornand-Sickenberg

Member of the Foundation Board

Member of the Foundation Board since 2008
Office ManagerWhy the Just for Smiles cause is important to me
Seeing the happy smiling faces of the children when they are taking part in the various activities organised by Just for Smiles.

An achievement that is close to my heart
A walk in the Creux-du-Van with small, severely disabled children in specially adapted wheelchairs. It was a first for these children, and their teachers were as moved as we were.

My vision of the future for Just for Smiles
To be able to offer activities to every single disabled child or adult.

Christian Bonhôte

Board Member

Why the Just for Smiles cause is important to me
I find it very important that people who find themselves excluded from many everyday things because of their limitations have access to sports and leisure activities. Just for Smiles facilitates that access.

An achievement that is close to my heart
Because I grew up with sailing, the sailcruises on the lakes of Zurich and Neuchâtel are, to me, the highlights among the activities offered by Just for Smiles!

My vision of the future for Just for Smiles
I hope that Just for Smiles not only continues to guarantee their important mission, but also further develops it. Additionally, the positive recognition of the Just for Smiles Foundation should be further established in the German part of Switzerland.

Rébecca Michelot

Board Member

Why the Just for Smiles cause is important to me
It is a Swiss Foundation which has a local reach and operates close to our homes, close to my home, on a daily basis. To be able to witness first hand the incredible impact these activities have on people facing handicap makes the whole difference and makes me happy and thankful.

An achievement that is close to my heart
To be able to follow and see working the fantastic team at Just for Smiles.

My vision of the future for Just for Smiles
For the Foundation to be able to definitively change the way we valid people look at people facing handicap. For people living with handicap to be able to access to leisure and sports activities in a much more spontaneous and natural way.

Christopher Newman

Board Member

Board Member since 2009
Senior Physician at the CHUV
Why the Just for Smiles cause is important to me
In Switzerland, Just for Smiles plays a unique and invaluable role in giving children whose physical mobility is severely restricted access to adapted physical activities. Not only is this a source of happiness and well-being for them, it also supports them in their development and health.

An achievement that is close to my heart
To have been able to scientifically demonstrate in partnership with the Foundation that tandem skiing stimulates cardiac activity and movement control in severely disabled children.

My vision of the future for Just for Smiles
I’d like to see Just for Smiles continue to expand its services, in order to offer more regular adapted physical activities, throughout the year, to children who have few opportunities to move around.

Geneviève Lavanchy

Board Member

Why the Just for Smiles cause is important to me
I am the Mother of a, now grown up, autistic child and as such I have always wanted to be a part of a Foundation. I did not have time until now.

An achievement that is close to my heart
Developing places to welcome adults with autism, to support families who cannot take care of them 100% of the time. This is utopy! Some exist, but mostly open during the week-ends.

My vision of the future for Just for Smiles
I did not know this Foundation before, so it is important for me to make it known by every means we have at our disposal, in order to raise funds and thus be able to give back their smiles to autistic people and their families through the different activities.

500 000

SEVERELY DISABLED PEOPLE IN SWITZERLAND

4 807

PARTICIPANTS IN OUR ACTIVITIES IN 2019

About the foundation

Gliding through the snow, riding the waves, taking in the fresh air of the great outdoors, experiencing the exhilaration of speed: Just for Smiles is a Foundation with a public interest status that gives children, teenagers and adults with restricted mobility the opportunity to enjoy all the excitation and freedom of outdoor activities.

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