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Colette Baty, President
A former critical care nurse turned homeschooling mom of three, I have had extensive experience serving on boards of various sorts: residents' association, educationally focused boards, water polo boards and charity boards. It has been satisfying and exciting work. Victoria has been my home for 14 years and I am proud to be a part of such a vibrant community. I am eager to serve on the board of a school with such talented and dedicated staff, board members and students.

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Heather Chestnutt, Treasurer
I am a long-time university research administrator, most recently at UVic, with a strong background in project management and financial administration. I'm thrilled to be involved with VISA and am looking forward to developing my art education amid the extraordinary talent at the school.

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Allan Castle, Secretary
Allan joined the VISA board in 2016, having previously provided strategic planning services to the School. He was born in Kendal, England and grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia. He is currently Executive Lead of the Justice and Public Safety Secretariat with the BC Ministry of Justice, with responsibility for strategic planning and leadership dialogue across BC’s justice system. Previously, Allan has held positions with other BC justice system institutions, the University of British Columbia, Harvard University, and Concordia University. He is involved in numerous arts-oriented charities and non-profit work in Victoria, enjoys painting landscapes, and is an honourary citizen of El Paso, Texas. Since becoming involved with VISA in 2014 as a student and a volunteer, he has come to place great value on the strong sense of community at the School.

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Celine Berry, Director
Celine Berry’s previous careers were in Nursing and raising her family. She had a life long dream of attending art school and began her formal education at Vancouver Island School of Art in 2008. After gaining her Diploma of Fine Art in 2013, she was awarded a British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship for transfer to the University of Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours. In 2015, she was awarded a scholarship from the Vermont Studio Center where she attended a month long residency to prepare for her first solo show that year. Most recently Celine completed the Independent Studio Program at Vancouver Island School of Art and serves as a board member for the school.

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Eric Metcalfe, Honorary Board Member
Vancouverite Eric Metcalfe has embodied the avant-garde "tradition" in Canadian art since at least the late 1960s. Born in 1940, he has worked as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, performance artist, illustrator and filmmaker, sometimes working under the name Dr. Brute. In 1973, he co-founded, in Vancouver, the pioneering artist-run centre Western Front. Over the years, he has drawn on a wide variety of influences, from jazz and comic books to conceptual and found art and movies. Metcalfe is a winner of the Governor General's Visual & Media Arts Award (2008). In 2010 he received a commission from the 'Cultural Olympiad' to create visual sculptures in collaboration with the renowned George Lewis musical score for 'ikons'. Metcalfe recently received (August 2015) an honorary doctorate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Member of the R.C.A.

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Gary Pearson, Honorary Board Member
Gary Pearson is an artist and Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Studies at UBC Okanagan, in Kelowna, BC. He is also a freelance exhibition curator, art writer, and author. His exhibition reviews have been published in Canadian Art, Border Crossings, and Sculpture magazine, among other publications. Gary has received numerous grants and awards, including the Vancouver Institute of Visual Arts VIVA award in 1991, and the Okanagan Arts Award in Visual Arts, in 2010. Gary Pearson's personal exhibition history includes solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the US, Australia, and Europe. He is currently involved in a curatorial collaboration and solo exhibition called 1 2 3 Soliloquy for the McMaster Museum of Art, in Hamilton, in 2011.

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Xane St Phillip, Faculty Representative
Xane St Phillip has been involved with the Vancouver Island School of Art since its inception in 2004. Xane has served on the Board of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1995-2001 which included chair of the Works of Art Committee and the Board of Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (1995-2001); he currently sits on the Arts Advisory Committee of that organization and is on the Building Committee of Open Space Gallery. Xane is a practicing artist and is involved with the Living Wall project for Gateway Green development. He has also been an art instructor for over 16 years. He also has his own practice as painter and has been represented by Ruth Bachofner in Los Angeles and Diane Farris in Vancouver.

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