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.
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 Project Coordinator. 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 Project Coordinator 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!
Nicole Darnell started working with VIDEA in June 2016 as an intern in Uganda through the IYIP programme. After moving back to Uganda to work for a social enterprise, Nicole returned to Canada and started as VIDEA’s project officer. She holds a bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Environmental Studies, and is passionate about herbal medicine, DIY projects, and engaging with her community about social justice issues! You can typically find her with a vegan snack in hand, reading a book or listening to podcasts.