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VIU Students Aim to Ignite Change with Leadership Conference

June 7, 2021

Conference challenges participants to get involved in community action projects – with tuition credits as incentive.  Vancouver Island University (VIU) students are encouraging other students to take action and make a difference locally and beyond at an annual leadership conference. The Vancouver Island Leadership Conference (VILC) takes place June 7 – 24 and includes events on Mondays and... Read more

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VIU Media Highlights: June 7, 2021

June 7, 2021

A bi-weekly roundup of VIU students and employees in the news.  News Stories Top Performing article for the last two weeks: Black Press: Former Vancouver Island Junior Hockey Star Focused on Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis. Article features Max Creighton, a VIU Business student. Reach: 283,000 people due to pick-up by 17 Black Press outlets. Other stories Cowichan Valley Citizen: Non-profits... Read more

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Recognizing the Indigenous children who were killed at the Kamloops residential school

May 31, 2021

Dear VIU Community,  I spent the weekend thinking about the 215 children who were killed at the Kamloops Indian Residential School on the unceded land of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. The news reports that some of these children were as young as three. These were children who were forcibly taken from their parents, their kyeye7 and xpepe7, uncles, and aunties—all of the people who loved... Read more

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VIU Counselling Team’s Mental Health and Wellness Training Program Adapted into Open Education Resource

May 27, 2021

Capacity to Connect developed several years ago by Counsellors to help VIU employees support students in distress.   A new open education resource co-developed by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) counselling team and BCcampus is now available to help post-secondary faculty and staff support students in distress. Capacity to Connect: Supporting Students’ Mental Health and Wellness is a... Read more

Bill Boyte VIU General Counsel and Secretary

VIU Welcomes New General Counsel and University Secretary

May 27, 2021

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce that Bill Boyte has been appointed to the role of General Counsel and University Secretary. In this critical role, Boyte will act as the senior policy advisor responsible for providing leadership, direction and oversight related to legal matters and the University's bicameral system of governance. In this role, Boyte will also serve as the... Read more

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VIU Media Highlights: May 11-24, 2021

May 25, 2021

A bi-weekly roundup of VIU students and employees in the news.  News Stories Top Performing article for the last two weeks Popular Science: Trees Need Wind to Reproduce: Climate Change is Messing That Up. Story features commentary by Dr. Jasmine Janes, a VIU Biology Professor. Reach: 2.97 million people.  Other stories BC Nurses’ Union: BCNU Introduces New CEO Cody Hedman. Hedman has a... Read more

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VIU’s Milner Gardens Marks 20 Years as a Public Garden

May 13, 2021

Donated to VIU 25 years ago, the property is home to a range of educational activities, community events and research projects. From programs that connect children to nature, to the magic of Christmas in the garden, to studying the effects of climate change on local plants, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Milner Gardens & Woodland has been inspiring, delighting and educating students... Read more

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VIU Media Highlights: April 27 - May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

A bi-weekly roundup of VIU students and employees in the news.  News Stories Top Performing article for the last two weeks:  Yahoo!, and numerous other newswire outlets: CCAB Announces Lineup of Prominent Indigenous Women for June IWIL Event (VIU President Dr. Deb Saucier, who received the Indigenous Women in Leadership award last year, is one of the panelists alongside The Honourable... Read more

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VIU Hosts Virtual Event to Explore Careers in Trades and Applied Technology

May 6, 2021

WHAT: VIU Trades and Applied Technology Virtual Expo WHEN: Thursday, May 27, 3 – 7 pm WHERE: Online/Virtual   Trades and applied technology programs at Vancouver Island University (VIU) can help students enter rewarding, high-paying careers after as little as nine months of school. Those interested in learning more about which careers may be a good fit can come to VIU’s first-ever, free Trades... Read more

VIU Employees Retiring


April 29, 2021

Wishing VIU Retirees Well! We wanted to take a moment to recognize a special group of VIU employees who are heading into their retirement between April 30 and June 30, 2021. These individuals have contributed greatly to VIU’s culture and the success of our students for years and even decades. Please join us in sending them a message of well wishes by clicking on their name that links to their... Read more