VIU's Chancellor, Louise Mandell, Q.C.

Louise Mandell reappointed as VIU’s Chancellor

December 15, 2017

Louise Mandell, Q.C., has been reappointed as Vancouver Island University’s Chancellor, a role she says is close to her heart. “It is a great gift and responsibility to be given three more years as Chancellor,” said Mandell. “It’s a powerful experience being part of the VIU family. Here education goes beyond the mind –  it touches the heart, and education is a force for change and innovation. I... Read more

VIU Lecture Series Explores Reconciliation

November 28, 2017

The free monthly series, delivered through the University’s Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation, starts December 4 A new lecture series hosted by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation aims to stimulate community dialogue around the relationship between Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The monthly series,... Read more

VIU Participates in Global Day of Giving

November 22, 2017

Giving Tuesday campaign on November 28 aims to raise $150,000 to support students Brianna Thorne is getting the education she needs to realize her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. The VIU Cowichan first-year Bachelor of Education student started the program in September, after spending a year upgrading through the campus’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. The financial support she... Read more

VIU Participates in Global Day of Giving

November 20, 2017

Giving Tuesday campaign on November 28 aims to raise $150,000 to support students Students, staff and faculty at Vancouver Island University (VIU), as well as the University’s community supporters, are banding together to make a difference in the lives of students on Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global movement for giving that falls on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.... Read more

VIU's National Indigenous Speaker Shares Reflections on Youth and Reconciliation

November 17, 2017

Gabrielle Scrimshaw will deliver keynote address during the University’s third annual Indigenous Speakers Series on November 20 Indigenous entrepreneur, activist, speaker, writer and academic Gabrielle Scrimshaw was separated from her mother at a young age. Scrimshaw, a member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation, was only two weeks old when her father took full custody of her, she writes in an... Read more

Media story about VIU

November 13, 2017

You may hear or see discussions or stories about VIU based on an article in the Globe and Mail, so we wanted to share our perspective. First and foremost, we take the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff very seriously. We are confident that we have measures in place to ensure the safety of our campuses, and policies and procedures to support our community. We are also... Read more

VIU's Cheryl Krasnick Warsh Elected As University's First Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

November 1, 2017

Distinction bestowed on scholars who have made exceptional contributions to their field Vancouver Island University (VIU) History Professor Dr. Cheryl Krasnick Warsh has been elected as the University’s first Fellow in the Academy of Arts and Humanities of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). “I was absolutely thrilled and delighted. This is capping off a very long career,” said Warsh. Warsh was... Read more

VIU Brings Starbucks to Nanaimo Campus

October 30, 2017

Starbucks chosen because it best meets needs identified by VIU Community Vancouver Island University (VIU) students, staff and faculty at the Nanaimo Campus can get their coffee fix at the new Starbucks opening on Monday, October 30, 2017. VIU will be the operator of the licensed Starbucks, which will be open Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, and 9 am to 5 pm on weekends.  Starbucks... Read more

New Director of Employee Relations Joins VIU

October 20, 2017

Patricia Elliott a welcome addition to the University community Nanaimo, BC: Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce Patricia Elliott has accepted the role of Director of Employee Relations. Patricia brings many years of experience in employment and labour law to this key VIU role. Previously, she worked as a lawyer, with a focus in labour, employment and administrative law; as... Read more

Renowned BC Poet Fred Wah Comes to VIU for Gustafson Lecture and Reading

October 18, 2017

The events, on October 25 and 26, are free and open to the public From rivers and creeks to the wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean, Fred Wah’s poetry is immersed in water. The BC poet, who is best known for founding the influential literary magazine TISH in the early 1960s, winning the Governor General’s Award for poetry in 1985 and a stint as Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate in 2011; has... Read more