The Victoria Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society is part of a national society dedicated to bringing information about astronomy to the general public.


Open to everyone with an interest in astronomy. Membership in the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada does not require any knowledge of astronomy. We enjoy helping beginners!

Joining the Victoria Centre of the Canada-wide RASC is easy – Join Now

Contact Us


Reg Dunkley Email


Chris Purse Email

Mailing Address


Victoria Centre Council


Overall responsibility for Victoria Centre, its members and Council & public relations

Reg Dunkley Email

First Vice President

Monthly meeting & speakers, major events


Second Vice President

Special projects, observing events, volunteers



Financial, retail sales, AGM, taxes

Deb Crawford Email


Minutes, official records, correspondence

Barbara Lane Email


Lending library – periodicals, books, CDs, DVDs & other media in our library

Diane Bell Email 

Progressive Lighting Policies

Dave Robinson Email

School Program & Telescopes

School telescope program & lending telescopes to members

Sid Sidhu Email 250-391-0540

Past President

Business continuity, special projects, nominating committee

Chris Purse Email

National Representative

National RASC representative and liaison

Nelson Walker Email 250-477-4820

Skynews Editor

Skynews, our monthly publication

Bruce Lane Email

Membership Coordinator

Enquiries from the public & new members, membership roster

Chris Purse Email

Observing Chair

Vested with authority by the National Observing Chair to review and approve observing certificate applications

Jim Stilburn Email 250-479-4662

Technical Committee Chair

Server, Email, Victoria Centre Observatory, Online Services Coordination

Matt Watson Email


Website content

Joe Carr Email 250-744-9981

Members at Large

James Di Francesco (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory Liaison)
Jim Hesser
David Lee
John McDonald
Jim Nemec (Camosun College Liaison)
Dan Posey
Lauri Roche (Friends of the DAO Liaison)
Alex Schmid (University of Victoria Liaison)

RASC Roots

In 1868 a small group of amateur astronomers formed the Toronto Astronomy Club. In 1903, King Edward VII gave his permission for “Royal” to be included in the title and the Society became the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. There are now around 5,000 members in 29 Centres, found in most major Canadian cities.

The Victoria Centre was formed in 1914 and quickly developed into one of the largest centres in the country. There are currently over 250 members. Most are amateurs with some being professionals from the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, the University of Victoria, and Camosun College. Professional astronomers frequently appear as guest speakers at RASC monthly meetings.

Victoria Centre members have a long history of offering public observing sessions to residents of Victoria.