Welcome to Bolton House, from Mr.Butterfield

Hi All,

I am excited to meet and get to know the new Bolton brothers, and of course I am keen to hear how the summer was for the returning BBs!

I lead the choral program at smus, and have done since 2009. I also help with preparing the musical production (“Newsies” this year, and I am the Musical Director), sponsor the Piano Club, the Flying Club, and am a keen ping pong player.

I was a classical singer for a long time, and found my way to conducting and teaching as a natural progression from that. I spent the summer outdoors, one way or another, and chopped enough wood for the next 2 winters.

I can be found in the Choir Room during the school day, and also during most lunch times. Please come to visit any time, and you are always welcome to practice singing, piano, and most other activities, in the Choir Room.



Your Fifth Houseparent

Hi Bolton community members. My name is Kyle Slavin and I am so excited to be joining boarding this year. This is my fifth year working at SMUS but I have long wanted to be a part of the amazing community that exists for our boarding students.

In addition to my fifth houseparent role in Bolton, I work in the marketing and communications department at the school. I have the best job at the school; my unofficial job title is “School Storyteller”. My job allows me to get to know our students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 by interviewing them and telling their stories on the SMUSpaper, being in their classes and at their games and concerts as the school photographer, and by managing the school’s social media accounts – Instagram and Facebook (follow us!).

Outside of work I enjoy road biking, photography, writing and taking my dog, Hans, for long walks. (This is Hans and I – he is super lazy!)

I look forward to getting to know you over the course of the school year!

Welcome From Mr Shaw

Cove PicMy name is Kyle Shaw and this will be my 6th year in Bolton House as an Assistant Houseparent. I teach science at the senior school and am currently pursuing a master’s degree in school counselling. I love everything that Vancouver Island has to offer and spend most of my free time camping, boating, crabbing and fishing up and down the coast. I spent most of my summer building a small cabin on a piece of property that I own near Hot Springs Cove. My favourite part about working in boarding is the strong sense of community within the house and all of the amazing connections that I make with both the staff and students. I am looking forward to another amazing year!

Welcome to the Bolton House from Mr. Bell

E52BD048-F823-46E5-8483-D923D817BF80.JPGHi everyone! My name is Mr. Bell and I am very excited to be joining the Bolton House after three years of House Parenting in Harvey House!

I was born and raised in Victoria and grew up just minutes from the St. Michaels campus. I work as a teacher in the Victoria School District and have coached basketball and volleyball at the SMUS for the past six years. I also love to play lacrosse and explore the island in my spare time! I am looking forward to an exciting and successful year in Bolton House!


Hello from Mr. Danskin, Ms. Hanna, and Chips!


We are excited to be starting our fifth year with Bolton and Timmis. This is Mr. Danskin’s seventh year in boarding and Ms. Hanna’s sixth. We feel very fortunate to be part of the Bolton and Timmis Houseparent Teams and are looking forward to the year ahead.

Ms. Hanna currently teaches in the Victoria School District as a learning support teacher. Mr. Danskin teaches Humanities and PE at the SMUS Middle School and coaches a variety of sports at the Middle School as well as helps out with rugby at the Senior School. Our dog Chips is also excited to be a fixture on the front steps during our duty shifts, and when not on duty he keeps himself busy chasing flies and digging holes in our backyard.

In our spare time we love outdoor adventures and cooking delicious meals. We are excited to share our experiences and passions with the boarding community and look forward to another great year!

‘Brotherhood, Honour, Strength’

Welcome to the Bolton House from the Daum Family


We are the Daum family and live on the first floor of Bolton House. I (Clayton) am the Senior House Parent and work with the senior assistant house parent Evan Fryer to run the house, and attend to the day to day needs of the boys.  I have been a member of Bolton House for 9 years, and Amanda, my wife, has worked as a Junior Houseparent in Timmis and Symons House previously.

I have taught in the Modern Languages department at St. Michaels University School for 9 years as a Spanish teacher, and have branched out into the Social Studies in the last couple of years, teaching Social Studies 10.  During my time here I have coached the Senior, Junior and Grade 9 Boys Rugby teams and would encourage all the Bolton boys to get onto a team right away as it is the best way to connect and get involved.  Amanda is also a teacher at a local public school, and was responsible for organizing and running House Olympics and Saturday Activities for the boarding community at SMUS for several years so has lots of experience dealing with teenage boys.

Our eldest son, Elliot Daum, turned 6 this past summer and loves living in the house with all the “big boys”! He also loves having the best front yard in the world to play on every day! He is joined by his little brother James who will turn 4 in November and is anything but shy. We feel very fortunate to have our sons grow up with your sons in such a supportive and caring community where they are able to interact with young men from so many different cultures and traditions.  The new Bolton boys will certainly get to know Elliot and James well as they tumble loudly down the hallway on their way to play on the field.

Our emphasis this year is on “brotherhood” and what it means to be a Bolton Brother. We look forward to watching these young men bond and form lifelong friendships as they face challenges, push themselves and try new things together.

We look forward to catching up with all of our returning boys, and to helping all of the new guys feel comfortable in their transition into Bolton and SMUS.  I am confident that this will be another great year in boarding! Go Bo!

Clayton Daum

‘Brotherhood, Honour, Strength’

Happy Summer and Goodbye

It is with heavy hearts, but also great excitement that we say goodbye to the grads of 2019. They have made us laugh and made us cry, but have always been Bolton Boys. We wish them all the best as they set out to their respective Universities and look forward to hearing from them and all of their adventures in the coming years. Bolton’s doors will always be open.  Congratulations and good luck boys, make us proud and keep the honour of Bolton strong.

Grad Group 2019

For those of you coming back in September we eagerly await your return and look forward to another great year. Safe travels and enjoy a well deserved summer break.