Alumni

Kholoud sits behind the sandbox in her preschool

Alum of the Month: Kholoud Madi

May 21, 2022

A desire to contribute to the community in a meaningful way and make a difference in the lives of local children motivated Kholoud Madi, a VIU Early Childhood Education and Care program graduate, to open her own preschool in Nanaimo. Elm Preschool is a full-day... Read more


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Alum of the Month: Keanu Ienco

April 30, 2022

Ever since he picked up a guitar at age eight, music has been a passion for Keanu Ienco, who graduated from VIU in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. Earlier this year, Ienco, who is Métis and part Havasupai Native American, released his debut album, Celestial Desire,... Read more


Katelyn Horsley

Alum of the Month: Katelyn Horsley

January 26, 2022

VIU Psychology alum Katelyn Horsley is pursuing a graduate science degree with an undergraduate degree in the arts. After graduating from Vancouver Island University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Psychology, she began a Master of Science degree at the University of... Read more


Kevin Gourlay hikes through the backcountry.

Alum of the Month: Kevin Gourlay

December 20, 2021

On the last day of a week-long survey this summer in Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island University (VIU) alum Kevin Gourlay made a remarkable discovery – a new Vancouver Island marmot colony.The Vancouver Island marmot is Canada’s most endangered mammal. According to... Read more


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VIU Media Highlights: November 15-29, 2021

November 29, 2021

A roundup of VIU students and employees in the news.Top-performing Broadcast StoryVIU alumnus Wawmeesh Hamilton was the featured guest on the November 23 edition of the Our Native Land podcast on CHEK News. Reach: 42,000 people. Top 10 News StoriesToronto Star (... Read more


Portrait of J'net, VIU

Alum of the Month: J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth

November 24, 2021

VIU alum J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth (One who gives away and still stands tall) recently took on a new, key role with the National Film Board of Canada – as the organization’s Director of Indigenous Relations and Community Engagement. In this role, she will provide leadership and... Read more