Our Team

These are the faces behind the magic. We work hard to deliver place-based environmental and art education, and through our work we aim to encourage our community to see themselves as part of their local ecosystem and act accordingly.

Duncan Calveley

Learning Coordinator

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Jeff Carroll

Assistant Video Producer

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Danyelle Catini

Interim Head of Marketing & Communications

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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.

Jeff is excited to connect students from around the globe with the work of Robert Bateman and the Nature Sketch Program. People are always at the centre of his focus, whether they are participants in an online class, or teammates that he supports and collaborates with.

Danyelle is a strategic communicator. Born in Brasília, she received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Brasília. In 2018 she moved to Victoria to pursue a Post-Degree Diploma in Business Administration and Marketing at Camosun College. A proud mama bear of three little humans, Danyelle embraces a variety of creative pursuits.

Cassandra Flint (Cassie)

Gallery and Retail Assistant

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Erin Hilchie

Head of Exhibits & Collections

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Head of Nature Sketch

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Cassandra holds a BA from UBC with a major in Art History and a minor in English Literature. Originally from the Lower Mainland, in 2016 she relocated to Victoria and in 2019 completed a Diploma in Cultural Resource Management and a Professional Specialization Certificate in Collections Management. Cassandra is passionate about the ways in which art and museums inspire meaningful and engaging conversations about history and the world around us. Some of Cassandra’s other interests include reading 19th and early 20th-century literature, drawing and painting from nature, and a lovely cup of tea.

Erin graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and started working at the Bateman Foundation shortly after. She is passionate about museums and the ways they showcase and tell our shared histories. She carries this passion into her schooling and is working towards a diploma in Cultural Resource Management. She spends her spare time reading Canadian, dystopic fiction or playing outside with her son. 

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 honoured to have the opportunity to work at the Bateman Foundation.

Kaitlin McManus

Wellness Facilitator

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Azar Mirzaei

Gallery and Retail Assistant

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Peter Ord

Executive Director

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Kaitlin McManus is an Art Therapist and Art Educator with a Master’s Equivalency in Clinical Art Therapy from the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy, and a BFA Specialization in Art Education from Concordia University. Kaitlin is passionate about mental wellness and facilitating therapeutic Eco-Art sessions with individuals and small groups. She is a strong advocate in promoting a healing and reciprocal relationship between human beings and nature.

Born in Iran, Azar received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Azad University and a master’s degree in Conservation of Historic Buildings from the University of Tehran. In 2019, she moved to Canada to pursue a Master of Art History at the University of Victoria, focusing on the impact of modernization on architecture. She explores how industrialization affected the relationship between architecture and the environment. She is passionate about natural and human heritage and explores the close connection between the nature and traditional architecture. Azar enjoys hiking and believes in the healing role of the nature. She is delighted to be a part of the Bateman Foundation.

Born and bred in the Far East, Peter first came to Canada in 1982 and received his BA in Economics and Asian & Pacific Studies from UVic. He subsequently moved to London, UK and pursued a MA in Social Anthropology & Archaeology from Edinburgh University. 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.

Ashley Riddett

Volunteer and Natureship Coordinator

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Sarah Theophilus

Head of Operations

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Sydney Trépanier

Retail Manager

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Ashley is a wife and a mother to two great kids, and she’s lived in Victoria for the past 12 years. She has a BA and an MA in Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Victoria. Some of her professional goals are to promote and create engaging spaces for people to connect over art and important historical objects, and to champion the inclusion of story and intangible meaning to our art, historical objects, and heritage sites. Ashley loves to garden, forage, and explore these wonderful lands to which there are such strong, continuing cultural ties. She’s delighted to be a part of the Bateman Foundation Gallery community.

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.Ashley is a wife and a mother to two great kids, and she’s lived in Victoria for the past 12 years. She has a BA and an MA in Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Victoria. Some of her professional goals are to promote and create engaging spaces for people to connect over art and important historical objects, and to champion the inclusion of story and intangible meaning to our art, historical objects, and heritage sites. Ashley loves to garden, forage, and explore these wonderful lands to which there are such strong, continuing cultural ties. She’s delighted to be a part of the Bateman Foundation Gallery community.

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.

Duncan Calveley

Learning Coordinator

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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.

Jeff Carroll

Assistant Video Producer

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Jeff is excited to connect students from around the globe with the work of Robert Bateman and the Nature Sketch Program. People are always at the centre of his focus, whether they are participants in an online class, or teammates that he supports and collaborates with.

Danyelle Catini

Interim Head of Marketing & Communications

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Danyelle is a strategic communicator specializing in business marketing, coaching and facilitating mutually enriching collaborations. Born in Brasília, she received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Brasília. In 2018 she moved to Victoria to pursue a Post-Degree Diploma in Business Administration and Marketing at Camosun College. A proud mama bear of three little humans, Danyelle embraces a variety of creative pursuits, her favourites are spending time in the garden and out in wild places, as well as beading, sewing, reading, drawing, crafting and, of course, cooking.

Aidan Henry

Head of Business Development

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Aidan holds a business degree from the University of Victoria and has many ties to the local philanthropic community. Previously, Aidan was the founder and creative director behind Brink Events – an award-winning event design agency based out of Victoria, Canada. Beyond the everyday bustle of the world, Aidan enjoys reading, camping, travelling, and playing soccer. He is also a foodie with a weak spot for poutine.

Erin Henshaw

Head of Exhibits & Collections

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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.

Head of Nature Sketch

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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 honoured to have the opportunity to work at the Bateman Foundation.

Kaitlin McManus

Wellness Facilitator

[email protected]
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Kaitlin McManus is an Art Therapist and Art Educator with a Master’s Equivalency in Clinical Art Therapy from the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy, and a BFA Specialization in Art Education from Concordia University. Kaitlin is passionate about mental wellness and facilitating therapeutic Eco-Art sessions with individuals and small groups. She is a strong advocate in promoting a healing and reciprocal relationship between human beings and nature.

Steph Meine

Business Development Coordinator

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Steph has a fine arts degree from the University of British Columbia, and several years of experience as a manager, producer, and designer in the professional theatre industry. After spending four years at the Stratford Festival, she relocated to Victoria permanently and began working in the events industry. She spends her free time discovering new local restaurants, adventuring in our beautiful forests, petting all the good dogs, and hanging out with her friends and family.

Peter Ord

Executive Director

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Born and bred in the Far East, Peter first came to Canada in 1982 and received 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.

Sarah Theophilus

Head of Operations

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(250) 940-3626 x375

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.

Ashley Riddett

Gallery Assistant

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(250) 940-3626 x385

Ashley is a wife and a mother to two great kids, and she’s lived in Victoria for the past 12 years. She has a BA and an MA in Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Victoria. Some of her professional goals are to promote and create engaging spaces for people to connect over art and important historical objects, and to champion the inclusion of story and intangible meaning to our art, historical objects, and heritage sites. Ashley loves to garden, forage, and explore these wonderful lands to which there are such strong, continuing cultural ties. She’s delighted to be a part of the Bateman Foundation Gallery community.

Sydney Trépanier

Retail Manager

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(250) 940-3626 x380

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.