Lauren moved to Victoria from London, UK, after eight years working in the theatre industry. She loves living by the ocean, and is proud to promote the message of environmentalism and conservation in her work. Her passions are singing, storytelling, and aimless wandering.
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.
Assistant Video Producer
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.
Interim Head of Marketing & Communications
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.
Head of Business Development
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.
Head of Exhibits & Collections
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
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 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.
Business Development Coordinator
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.
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.
Head of Operations
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.
Head of Gallery Programs
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 the Gallery, 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.