Born and bred in the Far East, Peter first came to Canada in 1982 to receive his BA in Economics and Asian & Pacific Studies from UVic. He subsequently worked in the corporate world of London, UK until deciding on a different career path in 1992 by pursuing a MA in Social Anthropology & Archaeology from Edinburgh University. He moved to Vancouver in 1996 and became founder & principal of Archaeomark Consulting, a cultural resource management company working with First Nations. Before joining the Bateman Foundation as Managing Director in 2015, Peter was Vice-President of Knowledge, Collection & Archives at Royal BC Museum and Director of the Penticton Museum in the Okanagan. The outdoors is his key passion and spends most of his time with his wife and two children exploring adventures on land and water.
Born in the UK, Sarah moved to Canada as a child and spent her youth painting or outside in nature. After studying Psychology at UVic, she returned to her artistic roots to become a successful animal artist for over 10 years, later taking a sabbatical to return to sales and online development. She was thrilled to join the Bateman Foundation in 2015, bringing together her love of art & nature once again.
Carey-Lynn moved to Victoria from Saskatchewan. She is a professional artist & teacher who has owned & run her own art school, teaching children & adults for over 25 years. Carey-Lynn had the privilege of attending the Robert Bateman Masterclass in 2010. Although born a prairie girl, the ocean has always been her happy place. She is extremely honored to have the opportunity to work at the Bateman Foundation.
Courtney hails from the beautiful Haliburton Highlands of Ontario, but with a call from the ocean and mountains she made her way to Victoria. She is pleased to be working at the Bateman Foundation and Gallery of Nature, using her Bachelor of Studio Arts from the University of Guelph combined with her passion for the natural world. She admires a good hike especially if it has a rewarding view.
Lauren moved to Victoria from London, UK, after eight years in the theatre industry. She loves living by the ocean, and is proud to promote the message of environmentalism and conservation in her work.
Erin graduated from the University of Victoria in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and started work at the Bateman Foundation shortly after. Erin enjoys cups of tea, reading, and nature walks with her partner and son.
Originally from Caledon, Ontario, Sydney has recently made the move to Victoria and is looking forward to working at The Bateman Foundation. Sydney has been camping, hiking, and participating in the arts since a young age and still very much enjoys the outdoors. She previously worked as a gallerist and administration assistant, and she is looking forward to seeing the beautiful scenery, parks, and culture that Vancouver Island has to offer.
Being an Islander, Meaghan loves the waves and the fresh ocean air, which influences a lot of her artwork. Having a retail and artistic background, she is passionate about exploring different types of art mediums and connecting with people. Meaghan is delighted to work at the Bateman Foundation.
Vancouver Island raised, Melissa is passionate about the environmental education demonstrated by Robert Bateman, which aligns well with her musical endeavours and varied life experiences including teaching sciences, art and recreation. She has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vancouver Island University and is currently working on the completion of a Master of Arts Degree in Environmental Education and Communication at Royal Roads University.
Duncan is a Medieval Studies grad from UVic, focusing on Chinese art and mortuary practices. He is passionate about exploring the boundaries between reality and imaginary, natural and supernatural. His curiosity and drive to learn compliment his desire to incorporate sustainability and nature preservation in his day to day life.
Chantal MacDonald is a visual anthropologist that is passionate about promoting the arts, culture and nature conservation around the world. Now based in Victoria, she is co-producing a documentary on Coast Salish artists and is also honoured to be joining the Bateman Foundation.
An admirer of Bateman since the 1970’s and involved with the Bateman Foundation and Gallery since it opened in 2013, Monica has been inspired by Robert Bateman to follow her dreams and aspirations. She has a passion for animals, nature, art, travel and photography that has evolved with a photo-journalistic focus on wildlife and conservation to infuse wonder and joy into life, give pleasure to the senses, and exalt the mind.
Originally from Montreal, via a long and winding road, Deborah’s background combines film and photography production, and museum/archive audio-visual preservation. This is complemented by her curiosity about and love of the natural world, and explorations of landforms and their elements through mixed media visual works. She is very happy to be a part of the Bateman Foundation.