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MEET OUR TEAM
MEET OUR TEAM
|Peter Ord – Managing Director – Ph: 250-940-3626 x305
Born in the far east, Peter arrived in Canada in 1996 after completing his MA in Social Anthropology & Archaeology in Edinburgh. Before starting his career in the heritage sector, Peter worked in the corporate world in London, later receiving a BA in Economics and Asian & Pacific Studies from UVic. He was founder & principal of Archaeomark Consulting, a cultural resource management company working with First Nations. Previously Vice-President of Knowledge, Collection & Archives at RBC Museum and 9 years as Director of the Penticton Museum, Peter joined the Bateman Centre in 2015.
|Cassie Holcomb – Development & Communications Manager – Ph: 250-940-3626 x303
Cassie studied biology at the UVIC. She took her love of science to the Centre of the Universe where she delivered science programs to kids of all ages. Since then, she has been working in the non-profit sector in the areas of membership development, communications, and fundraising. Cassie loves spending time with friends and family, cooking up a storm, and singing loudly in her car.
|Erin Henshaw – Gallery & Exhibits Manager – Ph: 250-940-3626 x302
Erin Henshaw graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2013 and midnights as a visual artist.
She is thrilled to be working at the Robert Bateman Centre in her field of study.
|Sarah Theophilus – Retail & Online Manager – Ph: 250-940-3626 x303
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 10 years, later taking a sabbatical to return to retail and online development. She was thrilled to join the Bateman Centre in 2015, bringing together her love of art & nature again.
|Mia Watkins – Programs & Operations Manager – Ph: 250-940-3626 x302
Mia is a B.C. born, Island-raised artist and art gallery aficionado and has been a Bateman Centre team member since it’s opening in 2013. She comes from a marketing background, and holds a BFA from UVIC. She is a visual artist and exhibits her oil paintings in Victoria and Vancouver. In her spare time Mia enjoys dining out too often and hoarding vintage clothing.
|Courtney Zylstra – Development & Marketing Co-ordinator –
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 Robert Bateman Centre, 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.
|Monica – Gallery, Gift Shop & Events Assistant
An admirer of Bateman since the 1970’s and involved with the Robert Bateman Centre since it opened in 2013, he has inspired me to follow my dreams and aspirations. My passions for animals, nature, art, travel and photography merge as I evolve 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.
|Kathryn McAllister – Gallery, Gift Shop & Exhibits Assistant –
Kathryn McAllister has been part of the Centre since September 2013, while studying History and Cultural Resource Management at UVic. She spent part of her youth in China, and now speaks some Mandarin. Kathryn’s passion for local history shows in her volunteer work at Ross Bay Villa, a 150-year-old historic house in Fairfield. She was named 2016 Emerging Storyteller by Storytellers of Canada.
|Maarten – Online & Administrative Assistant
Maarten is fascinated with artistic pursuit of urban nature spaces.
Being an artist from an early age, conceptual thoughts are always the instigator for his artistic endeavours.
He happily joined the Bateman team in 2014.
|Meaghan Ball – Gallery & Gift Shop Assistant –
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 Robert Bateman Centre.
|Claire – Gallery, Gift Shop, Events & Project Assistant|
|Beverly McGoldrick – Volunteer Co-ordinator
Beverly studied Medical Laboratory Technology, working at all three local hospitals as well as abroad in Saudi Arabia before returning to Victoria to become Chemistry Department Supervisor. As a keen admirer of nature and outdoor pursuits, Beverly has great respect for Robert, his philosophy and body of artwork. Beginning as a Volunteer at the Robert Bateman Centre in 2013, she now works with the Centre’s amazing team, meeting visitors from around the globe.
|Leanne – Sales & Marketing Manager
|Jeanette Bowman – Accounting
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