Lynn Thornton has been the Executive Director of VIDEA for the past 11 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 (18) and Dylan (16) 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. Lynn is also a former chair of the BC Council for International Cooperation.
Lesley Palmer has been the Programme Manager of VIDEA for 9 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.
Hillary Ronald has been the Public Engagement Officer since September. Previously, she completed her practicum with VIDEA in the winter semester of 2014 - allowing her to graduate from UVic with a focus in Social Justice in the spring!! Currently she is enjoying learning about the ins and outs of fair trade and what a human rights approach to development looks like. 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!
Rohan Stritch has been with VIDEA for 6 years, and has spent the majority of this time working in East Africa as VIDEA’s International Programme manager. Through this position, Rohan directly overseas and supports VIDEA’s IYIP and IAYI programs. Previously, Rohan worked with Concern Worldwide in emergency response in South Sudan, and Irish Aid in Uganda in both humanitarian and development roles. Rohan holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication, and has a background in World Religions and International Development.
Brianne Meikle started working with VIDEA in September 2015 as an intern through the IYIP and came onto the team as Project Officer after completing the internship. Brianne holds a Bachelor of Arts in both International Development and Anthropology from Dalhousie University and is currently doing her Masters in Environmental Studies, where she is focusing on strengthening food sovereignty through public policy. She can often be found in various coffee shops throughout Toronto nose deep in course readings, newspapers, or fiction novels.