Leading the Castle in modern times
The Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors: Directors are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting and serve for a term of 3 years at a time to a maximum of two terms. The Board of Directors is fiscally responsible for The Castle Society and makes policy decisions.
OUR CURRENT BOARD IS:
MAUREEN C. ABRAHAM
Maureen graduated from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in 2006 and was called to the British Columbia Bar January 2008. Her preferred area of practice is civil litigation, including commercial, employment and general litigation matters. Maureen is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Victoria Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and has served on the Board of the Women Rainmakers CBA subsection and as a volunteer with the American Bar Association.
Barbara Armstrong is a full service financial advisor, with a 30 year history leading fundraising initiatives in the not-for-profit sector. Originally from Saskatchewan, she holds degrees in BA (French), BComm (Finance), and an MBA. She is proud to enjoy her family life with 5 adult children, and loves all the splendid outdoor activities that Vancouver Island has to offer.
Lorne is a prairie person, Winnipeg being his home town. After obtaining a Bachelor of Environmental Studies – Architecture from the University of Manitoba he continued his graduate studies in Ottawa, London England and Florence Italy. Presently, Lorne works for the City of Victoria in the Planning and Development department and is a member of the Building Officials Association of BC (BOABC).
With over thirty years of architectural and design experience, Lorne’s main focus has been residential and hospitality design with a particular interest in restoration work. For sixteen years he specialized in residential millwork, creating many kitchens, bathrooms, dens, libraries and entertainment areas of exceptional quality and design. An acknowledgement of this was winning a Gold Georgie award in Vancouver. He has completed many fine projects including ones in China, Russia, the Caribbean and the United States.
Astrid was just 13 years old when she got the TV bug. It all began when she decided to volunteer at the local community cable station as part of her high school work experience program. From there, Astrid studied at the University of Victoria and graduated from Camosun College’s Applied Communication Program. In 2001, she joined the CTV News team as a videographer, working her way to the anchor desk, before settling in in front of the green screen. Her passion for storytelling has taken Astrid all over Vancouver Island and around the world.
In 2006, she hosted a series produced for the Provincial Capital Commission that reached out to all British Columbians wanting to celebrate and learn more about Greater Victoria’s history. In 2008, Astrid travelled to Uganda with the international aid group Watoto to profile their efforts in caring for AIDS orphans and rehabilitating former child soldiers.
Paula has an Undergraduate Science Degree from University of Toronto and a 20 year career in industry and government. For many years she has channeled her passion and energy into supporting those who are vulnerable“at the edge” and need small, immediate, and unconditional assistance to remain educated, safe and in control of their lives.
Paula is a former Member of United Way Greater Victoria Individual Giving Cabinet, and personally raised over $100,000 since 2013. She is currently a Member of Community Cabinet with focus on Navy Sails and BC211.ca and personally supports Dance Victoria, Victoria Conservatory of Music, Craigdarroch Castle, Kidsport British Columbia, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Royal Museum of British Columbia.
She lives in Victoria, is happily married for 38 years and has 2 grown children.
Moira IS Dann Fine Writing & Publicity Services, a boutique communications firm she started after moving to Victoria in 2008. In 2016, she graduated from University of King’s College in Halifax with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction; to complete her degree, she wrote a book about the Mothers of Confederation. Moira loves the stories of how the world worked before those people now breathing got here, particularly the stories of tough women from the olden days.
Moira worked in both radio and television at CBC, becoming proficient as a reporter, editor, publicist, producer, associate producer, researcher, drama writer, and line-up editor. She also did public relations and publicity for UVic, HealthLinkBC, the Vancouver East Cultural Centre and Charlottetown’s Confederation Centre of the Arts. In addition, Moira was a Senior Editor for the Globe and Mail overseeing the Facts &Arguments page, and over the years has volunteered with the Aga Kahn Foundation’s World Partnership Walk and the Victoria Foundation.
Cameron graduated with a Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Victoria in 2005. He obtained his JD of Law with Honours standing from Bond University in 2014, where he received First in Class Honours in his Civil Procedure class.
Before pursuing a career in law, Cameron obtained his Personal Finan- cial Planning (PFPC) designation from the Canadian Securities Institute and worked as a Financial Advisor and for Scotiabank in Victoria. He later worked in Small Business and Commercial Banking for Scotiabank’s main branch in Vancouver BC, where he maintained a portfolio of downtown professionals and small businesses. Cameron has a passion for travelling, and is his free time enjoys snowboarding, running, and cycling.”
CHERYL HEBB, CFRE
Cheryl Hebb, is currently Director of Fund Development at the University of Victoria. Starting her career as a journalist at a daily, metropolitan newspaper in New Jersey, Cheryl transferred her communication skills to the non-profit arena, where she has specialized for 30 years in major gifts, planned giving, and non-profit management, raising millions of dollars for both healthcare and academia.
In addition to being a public speaker, Cheryl is an award-winning writer and producer of non-profit marketing films, and has been involved with numerous professional boards and organizations, including the Association of Healthcare Professionals, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. She has an MBA in Non-Profit Management from American Jewish University and a BS in Communications from Syracuse University.
She and her husband, Brian, founded and manage the Victoria Urban Sketchers.
Amy grew up in Victoria and recently returned after living in England for several years. She originally trained as a designer before gradually shifting from the business of design to the design of business, where she focused on organizational growth.
In 2003, she centred her efforts on philanthropy and since then has managed portfolios ranging from fund development and donor relations to strategy, policy and systems implementation. Before returning to Canada, Amy developed and managed funds for the London Community Foundation where she was responsible for securing major gift donations and guided business continuity and systems development. She now lives in East Sooke with her husband Paul.
Stephen is a lawyer at the firm of Stevenson Luchies and Legh in downtown Victoria. He has a diverse general practice, and has represented clients at all three levels of court in British Columbia. His practice includes wills, estates and succession planning, civil and estate litigation, wealth management, not-for-profit and charities law, real estate and strata property law, corporate and business law, and software and technology law.
Stephen holds the degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria. From the University of British Columbia, he obtained a Master of Arts in Classical Archaeology and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (First Class) in Classical Studies and a Minor in History.
Before entering law, Stephen worked in software development. He was a senior programmer, analyst, and software architect for leading video game and Internet-based gaming companies, including Relic Entertainment, Alea Software, Radical Entertainment, and Criterion Studios.
Stephen’s volunteerism resulted in numerous archaeological adventures including excavations of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine sites, and travel throughout Italy, Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, Britain, China, and Korea.
BARRI A. MARLATT
Barri is a graduate of the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. Her career before law included computer systems analyses in the hospital industry. Barri is a partner and personal injury lawyer with the firm: Hutchinson, Oss-Cech, Marlatt and her experience and background in her pre-law career have made her a strong litigator and invaluable resource to her clients. She practices mainly in the area of personal injury claims, ICBC injury claims, sexual assault, and wrongful dismissal. Barri is particularly interested in brain injury litigation and devotes time to a local non-profit society in support of survivors of brain injury. Barri served on the Board of the Victoria Brain Injury Society for 8 years and resigned as President in 2010.
PETER VAN GIESEN
Peter is CEO and Principal Advisor for Novaport Management Services Inc. His career path has taken him through a variety of executive management and consulting roles in over 40 industries including entertainment, tourism, forestry, publishing, transportation, international trade, non-profit, oil & gas, sport associations, and education. He is a skilled facilitator, with deep experience in human resources, organizational development, operations, fundraising, marketing, leadership and strategic planning.
Outside of the office, Peter has a busy family life and is an active volunteer in the community. He loves the ocean and on many occasions is out in his kayak enjoying nature around Victoria, BC and the Gulf Islands.
Recent community involvement includes:
Treasurer of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, 2009-2011, Director, Christ Church Cathedral Buildings Limited 2009-2011 Director, Trinity Western University Alumni Association 2011-2012, Director, Vice President, Vancouver Island Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals 2012- present, Mentor at University of Victoria School of Business 2011 – present
MEET THE DUNSMUIRS
Robert and Joan Dunsmuir had two sons, eight daughters and plenty of exploits. The Castle weaves a fascinating tale of this intriguing family – their achievements, their relationships and even their quirks.Learn More
ABOUT THE CASTLE
Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria and now a National Historic Site, Craigdarroch Castle has been meticulously restored, giving visitors a glimpse of privileged life in the 1890s.Learn More
PLAN YOUR VISIT
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