Lynn Thornton has been the Executive Director of VIDEA for the past 16 years. Before moving to Canada and taking up this role, Lynn worked as the Head of the Campaigns Group Unit at Greenpeace UK, and as a Regional Officer at ActionAid UK. Lynn lives in Victoria, with her partner Kris, two sons Adan and Dylan and over-excitable chocolate lab Casey! Lynn is passionate about education as a human right and is working to achieve this through VIDEA’s education and overseas programmes. She has also served on the board of a unique Victoria-area school for the past 12 years and is the Treasurer of the BC Council for International Cooperation.
Lesley Palmer has been the Programme Manager of VIDEA for 14 years. Lesley’s background is in Women’s Studies. She hails from Omemee, Ontario and moved to BC after exploring her 20’s in Halifax-DJ’ing and working in a vegan restaurant. In her time at VIDEA, Lesley has managed both International Youth Internship programmes, as well as Aboriginal Youth Internship programmes. Lesley lives in Victoria, with her jazz-drummer partner Kelby, daughter Juna, and cat Maia. Lesley has a passion for Organic, vegan, fair trade, junk food.
Lisa Hernandez started with VIDEA in 2011 as a practicum student, and has since undertaken many different roles within the organization, but is currently working as the Finance and Admin Manager. She plays a central role as VIDEA’s day-to-day accountant, financial personnel, administrator, and communication liaison. She really is a jack of all trades! Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Intercultural Education Training from the University of Victoria, and lives in Victoria with her husband, three adorable children, and two very energetic pets.
Hillary Ronald is VIDEA’s Youth Programmes Manager and has been on the team since 2014 when she completed her practicum with VIDEA before graduating from UVic with a focus in Social Justice later that year! Hillary leads our Indigenous Youth Programming and other central VIDEA projects and programs. Although always a prairie girl, Hillary happily now makes her home in Victoria enjoying the plethora of available coffee options (fair trade of course) and used bookstores!
Chris Singelengelle was working with VIDEA’s solidarity partner Women for Change in Zambia for years before he started working with VIDEA in the spring of 2018. Chris is now one of VIDEA’s IAYI Project Coordinators.
Rachel Barr has been one of VIDEA’s IAYI Project Coordinators since the spring of 2018 and previously worked with the organization in 2016 as an intern in Tanzania through the IYIP programme. She holds a bachelor in Gender Studies and a diploma in Sexual Health Education. Rachel absolutely loves rap and reggae music and is always the first one on the dance floor. She loves a good podcast but thinks she may have listened to all of them, so if you have any suggestions send them her way.
Brynn Spelliscy started working with VIDEA in 2016 as an intern in South Africa through the IYIP programme. She came back in the summer of 2018 to work as one of VIDEA’s IAYI Project Coordinators. Brynn holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from SFU with a specialization in Comparative Politics, Culture and Society. She is a music lover of all sorts, and you can often find her hiking her way around the West Coast or hitting the slopes in the winter!
Taleetha Tait is one of VIDEA’s IAYI Project Coordinators, based in Zambia. Taleetha is Wet’suwet’en and Gitxsan from Witset BC, born into the Tsayu/Beaver Clan. Taleetha joins VIDEA from the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association where she was an Indigenous Youth Connections Worker. Taleetha is a former IndigenEYEZ Facilitator with the BC Government Aboriginal Youth Intern Program and former VIDEA IAYI intern.
Katelynne Herchak is VIDEA’s Indigenous Governance Officer, based in Victoria. Kate is Inuk from Kuujjuaq, QC with ties to Nunavut and Labrador, and has been a visitor on Lekwungen territory for 23 years. She has a background in Indigenous Family Support Work, is a former Canada World Youth IAYI Intern, and recently completed the Katimavik National Experience.