5 Questions

VIU's Marilyn Funk takes on a different approach to teaching and learning

Teaching from the Heart with Marilyn Funk

February 7, 2019

It’s likely not a concept at the forefront of teaching strategy discussions, but for Marilyn Funk, it is the most crucial aspect for creating an engaged learning environment for students.  “If I am grounded in who I am and model kindness, then our students will hopefully... Read more


5 Questions with Hamish Thomson

November 1, 2018

Hamish Thomson, the cooking and nutrition teacher at the High School at VIU, has spent a large part of his life at the Nanaimo campus starting from when he was a toddler. Thomson was first introduced to VIU when he attended the Malaspina Childcare Centre’s preschool program. After... Read more


5 Questions with Maggie Hinbest

September 12, 2018

If you’ve wandered into The View Gallery at Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo Campus to check out an exhibit in recent years, chances are you’ve met Maggie Hinbest. The fourth-year Visual Art major at VIU has been working in the gallery for several years, both as a volunteer and... Read more


5 Questions with Kathy Page

September 7, 2018

Award-winning author Kathy Page, whose work has been nominated twice for the Scotiabank Giller Prize amongst other accolades, enjoys mentoring emerging writers as a Professor with the Creative Writing and Journalism department at VIU. As Chair of her department, she’s organized... Read more


5 Questions with Gord Buzzard

June 20, 2018

Gord Buzzard, a retiring instructor in the Faculty of Academic and Career Planning, has been passing on his belief in the transformative power of education to his ABE students for the past 35 years. A Malaspina ABE and university transfer student himself (he came here initially... Read more


5 Questions with Leon Potter

June 6, 2018

Meet Leon Potter, Chair of VIU’s Theatre department, who prior to coming to VIU had been working as an actor, director and designer in the theatre industry since 1989. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, specializing in lighting and set design, from the University of Victoria... Read more


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