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Alum of the Month: Ashley Kuramoto

May 20, 2023

From student to teacher to published author Since graduating from Vancouver Island University in 2011 with her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees, Ashley Kuramoto has been working her dream job as a teacher. She’s also a mother and, most recently, a published author. In recent... Read more

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Alum of the Month: Xander France

April 27, 2023

Xander France has found the ideal job combining his passions for tourism, sales and marketing. He is Director of Marketing and Sales with the Vancouver Island Ferry Company. This new, Nanaimo-based company is about to launch a downtown Nanaimo to downtown Vancouver fast ferry service. The VIU ... Read more

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Alumni spotlight: Amy Armstrong and Vanessa Young

April 13, 2023

Amy Armstrong and Vanessa Young graduated from VIU’s Bachelor of Interior Design program in 2015. They met during their studies and became good friends. Now they work together as senior co-directors of product design and development at Dvele, a home-building company based in California. We caught... Read more

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Journalist wins award for Indigenous-focused podcast

April 6, 2023

Former Digital Media Studies student Tchadas Leo shares his story Building skills for a career in broadcast journalism brought Tchadas Leo to Vancouver Island University in 2009. Fast forward to today and he now hosts the award-winning podcast Our Native Land. The podcast explores “all things... Read more

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Alum of the month: Trevor Ballantyne

March 24, 2023

When Trevor Ballyntine was growing up, graduating from high school seemed like a stretch – never mind university. Now Trevor, who graduated from VIU’s Liberal Studies program last spring, is on his way to becoming a lawyer. He recently had the opportunity to meet Justice Russell Brown of the... Read more

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Alum of the Month: Drew Milne

March 15, 2023

Growing up on Vancouver Island, Drew Milne explored the great outdoors whenever he got the chance, so it’s not surprising he gravitated towards a career as a BC Conservation Officer. Last fall, the provincial government recognized him for his excellent service in this role with the Conservation... Read more