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About

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he Discovery Passage Aquarium Society was formed in 2012 by a group of enthusiastic and committed biologists, educators, and business people. The Board and our Advisors have a tremendous range of experience, and we are excited to be part of establishing and running the Aquarium.

We are committed to realizing our vision of designing and delivering educational and interpretive programs for residents, schools and visitors highlighting the fascinating marine life of Discovery Passage and surrounding waters.

Our Objectives

 

The Aquarium makes visible the wonders of our local marine life accessible through hands-on experiences and expert interpretation. Through establishment of the Aquarium and subsequent projects, DPAS aims to enhance knowledge, appreciation, and stewardship of our natural resources and ecosystems.

 

A Registered Charity

 

DPAS operates the Aquarium with paid staff and volunteers using revenue from entrance fees, sponsorships, grants and donations. DPAS is a non-profit society, registered as a charity with Revenue Canada (# 801263484RR001).

Discovery Passage Aquarium Staff
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Ricky Belanger

Aquarium Manager

Ricky is a long-time marine enthusiast. Recently graduated from the University of Victoria, he has found home at the Discovery Passage Aquarium, where he uses his skills as a freediver, biologist, and public speaker to foster literacy and appreciation for local sea life.

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Hailee Arlitt

Aquarium Interpreter and Educator

Hailee is attending North Island College studying Psychology and English. She will then transfer to UVIC and work for her Teaching Degree. Her favorite part of her job is sharing her passion about local marine life.

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Robyn Douglas

Aquarium Interpreter and Educator

Robyn is in her fourth year at UPEI, studying biology in hopes of attending vet school after graduating. Her favourite part of the job is learning more about the marine life in the passage.

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Nathan Duifhuis

Aquarium Interpreter and Educator

Nathan is studying Biology at Vancouver Island University. Nathan’s favourite part about his job is observing different animals behaviour.

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Maura Dybwad

Aquarium Interpreter and Educator

Maura is attending Carihi secondary school and is entering 11th grade this fall. Her favourite part about her job is seeing the kids really excited to see everything in the aquarium.

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Kyle Fukui

Aquarium Interpreter and Educator

Kyle is studying Marine Biology at the University of Victoria. Kyle’s favourite part about his job is taking care of the animals and educating visitors about local marine life.

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Rochelle Helstrom

Aquarium Interpreter and Educator

Rochelle is attending Divesafe International to pursue her passion of diving. She loves to teach youth about the beautiful local marine life.

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Brianna Marcoux

Aquarium Interpreter and Educator

Brianna is studying Marine Biology at the University of Victoria. Brianna’s favourite part about her job is teaching youth about all the wonderful animals and plants living in the discovery passage.

2019-2020 Board of Directors
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Mark Wunsch

President
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Lorrie Bewza

Vice President
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Erica Chan-Lafrance

Treasurer
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Naomi Tabata

Secretary
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Elan Downey

Director
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Bruce Izard

Director
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Ryan Krasman

Director
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Bruce Murdoch

Director
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Amanda Striga

Director