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.
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. Danyelle sees her role at the Bateman Foundation as a conduit, recognizing the power for healing and learning that is embodied in Indigenous ways of knowing, and promoting these beliefs as a means of improving wellness for a stronger, more resilient environment for all the communities of Turtle Island.
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 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.
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.
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.
“I believe that we are living in a time when it is vital for people to truly realise and feel our connection to nature, particularly during our current shared experience of forced social isolation from other people. I strongly believe that cultivating and strengthening our connection with nature, through art, can promote mental wellness while bolstering awareness of environmental sustainability and a deepened concern for our animal and plant kin.”
Prior to joining the Bateman Foundation, Ken was involved in a number of non-profit and advocacy organizations, and he has been actively campaigning for environmental protection and better governance. As a lifelong student of politics, he received his degree after presenting his thesis in Canadian elections. With his professional experience in the campaign world, Ken’s thrilled to bring something exciting to the foundation.
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.
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.
Co-Lead of the Wellness Project and In-House Graphic Designer
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.