Meet the Team

Colin Porter

Colin Porter

Director
What is your favourite meal of the day? 
Breakfast – it provides a wholesome start to the day and stops me from snacking on those not so healthy items.

What’s your favourite vegetable? 
So much to choose from, especially on Vancouver Island! Being native to Ireland, I would have to choose the humble potato. Growing up it formed part of many a family meal, and it is such a versatile but underrated vegetable.

What meal would you never get sick of? 
I’ve made a real effort to limit the amount of meat and processed foods. These days, I can’t get enough of vegetarian curries, stews and chilis.

When you’re not on campus working, what are you up to? 
I’m a keen participant in various sports, particularly soccer and rugby. I’ve taken up marathon running and have a goal of completing the 6 world major events over the next few years.

Sweet or savoury? 
Both – although I feel my day is never complete without a sweet treat.
Tony Heesterman

Tony Heesterman

Executive Chef & Associate Director

What is your favourite meal of the day? 
Dinner! I get to spend more time on preparing a nicer meal and I usually get to relax after dinner.

What’s your favourite vegetable?
Grilled or BBQ  asparagus.

What meal would you never get sick of?
A thick new York steak or T bone cooked rare with sautéed mushrooms in red wine.

When you’re not on campus working, what are you up to?
Going scuba diving, long motorcycle rides, swimming, hiking and reading.

Sweet or savoury? 
Sweet! (Except for dark chocolate)

Sue Gaudet

Sue Gaudet

Financial Manager & Associate Director

What is your favourite meal of the day? 
Dinner – much more time to enjoy the food!

What’s your favourite vegetable? 
A perfectly prepared eggplant.

What meal would you never get sick of? 
Medium Rare Steak that has been marinated in Worchester sauce and is packed with big flavours.  

When you’re not on campus working, what are you up to? 
I like to spend time with the family, trying to explore the island one place at a time.

Sweet or savoury? 
Savoury! 

Kelly Bailey

Kelly Bailey

Manager, Operations

What is your favourite meal of the day?
Lunch. I love the salad bar in the Commons!

What’s your favourite vegetable?
Just one?? Asparagus, beets or brussels sprouts! Any of them roasted with sea salt, black pepper and garlic.

What meal would you never get sick of?
Grilled cheese on sourdough and homemade tomato soup with a swirl of butter.

When you’re not on campus working, what are you up to?
I’m addicted to reading. When I'm not working I'm rarely seen without a book in hand.

Sweet or savoury?
Both!

Sarah Rankin

Sarah Rankin

Manager, Marketing, Communication & Engagement

What is your favourite meal of the day? 
Breakfast (because pancakes)

What is your favourite meal on campus? 
Chickpea pesto wrap from Mac’s

What meal would you never get sick of?
Stovetop Popcorn

When you’re not on campus working, what are you up to?
Running & cycling, true crime podcasts, baking, neighborhood cat watching

Sweet or savoury? 
SWEET!!

Vimala Jeevanandam

Vimala Jeevanandam

Manager, Marketing, Communication & Engagement (interim)

What is your favourite meal of the day? 
Dinner

What is your favourite vegetable? 
Brussel sprouts – roasted with maple syrup and sriracha

What meal would you never get sick of?
A big Indian buffet.

When you’re not on campus working, what are you up to?
Gardening, Netflix & poorly conceived DIYs.

Sweet or savoury? 
Savoury!

Shannon Aitchison

Shannon Aitchison

Manager, Degrees Catering

What is your favourite meal of the day?
Dinner

What’s your favourite vegetable? 
Peppers

What meal would you never get sick of?
Tacos

When you’re not on campus working, what are you up to?
Walking my dog

Sweet or savoury?
Salty

Leanne Halligey, RD

Leanne Halligey, RD

Campus Dietitian

What is your favourite meal of the day? 
Dinner- this is my time to connect with my family

What is your favourite vegetable? 
Roasted root veggies

What meal would you never get sick of?
Anything Thai infused

When you’re not on campus working, what are you up to?
Spending time in nature with my hubby and kids- hiking, biking and paddle boarding!

Sweet or savoury? 
Sweet all the way!!