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5 Questions with Debra Hellbach

October 20, 2021

Debra Hellbach has been steering the helm as Manager of VIU’s Centre for Seafood Innovation (CSI) since April 2021.She brings a wealth of knowledge, including 35 years’ experience in the food processing industry, holds a degree in Food Science from the University of... Read more


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Community Organizations Invited to Learn about United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

October 20, 2021

VIU research institute is offering free training sessions for community groups in Nanaimo, Duncan, Parksville and Powell River.Eradicating poverty. Ending hunger. Tackling climate change. It can seem overwhelming for the average organization or individual to make an impact. How... Read more


Master of Community Planning student Sarah Folks

VIU Community Planning Students Host National Conference in November

October 19, 2021

PLACE21 is free to attend and features student and industry presenters from across the country. Vancouver Island University (VIU) will play host to a Canada-wide conference this November, thanks to a group of students in the Master of Community Planning program.The conference,... Read more


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VIU Researcher Investigating Impact of Plastic Pollution on Deep-Sea Organisms

October 13, 2021

Chemistry professor Dr. Heather Wiebe is pursuing her research with the help of a $120,000 NSERC Discovery Grant.Plastic pollution is reaching the deepest depths of the ocean and the impact of these contaminants on marine life that live in these high-pressure environments is unknown... Read more


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Media Highlights: September 20 - October 4, 2021

October 7, 2021

A roundup of VIU students and employees in the news.Please note that this issue of the media highlights includes links to stories that may be upsetting or triggering to readers. VIU provides counselling supports to students and employees; please reach out if you need to.... Read more


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VIU’s Engaged Citizens Speaker Series Confronts the Housing Crisis

October 7, 2021

WHAT: VIU’s Engaged Citizens Speaker SeriesWHEN: Thursday, October 14, 2021, 6 to 7:30 pmWHERE: Zoom webinar, Registration linkDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, housing has quickly become the frontline of defense against the spread of the virus. But for precariously housed or homeless... Read more


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The View Gallery Presents Rande Cook

October 6, 2021

When a Tree Falls, Are We Listening?WHERE: VIU’s The View GalleryWHEN: October 14 – November 27, 2021 – Artist talk and reception October 21, 6-8 pmThe View Gallery is thrilled to present an exhibition of new works from Kwakwaka’wakw multimedia artist Rande Cook. The exhibition will... Read more


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New Program for Indigenous Elders and Residential and Day School Survivors Launches at VIU

September 29, 2021

The Literacy Circle will be tailored to what each individual student wants to learn.A new course for Indigenous Elders and Residential and Day School Survivors as well as 60s Scoop Survivors who want to learn basic language skills such as reading and writing is set to launch this... Read more


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VIU Invites People to Experience University Life During Virtual Event

September 29, 2021

WHAT: Experience VIU 2021WHEN: Saturday, October 2, 2021, 9 am to 2 pmWHERE: Online [see registration link at bottom]Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) virtual open house event happens this Saturday (October 2) and includes a $1,000 tuition prize giveaway, video tour of Deep Bay... Read more


Portrait of Daniel R. Elliott, Indigenous artist

VIU’s Malaspina Theatre Hosts Winds of Change Art Exhibit

September 22, 2021

Featuring works by Stz’uminus First Nation artist Daniel R. Elliott, the exhibit explores the impacts of colonization and how healing can be achieved.­­Indigenous artist Daniel R. Elliott wants to take people on a healing journey. But first, he’s asking people to confront the... Read more


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Here you will find helpful information about new initiatives at VIU, process and policies changes that affect how we work, stories about the people who make up this fantastic community and examples of the life-changing work our employees undertake on a regular basis.

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