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For the Love of Rocks: Rebecca Stirling’s Story

October 17, 2018

By Jenn McGarrigle   For many students, the journey starts in VIU’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. Earth Science alum Rebecca Stirling is one of those students with an incredible story of resilience and determination to share that starts in ABE and leads to an Arctic adventure.   Rebecca Stirling will never forget the day when, lying immobile in a Victoria hospital bed, the... Read more


VIUPoints: 5 Questions with Gord Buzzard

June 20, 2018

Gord Buzzard, a retiring instructor in the Faculty of Academic and Career Planning, has been passing on his belief in the transformative power of education to his ABE students for the past 35 years. A Malaspina ABE and university transfer student himself (he came here initially intending to study accounting), Gord has the honour of carrying the mace during Friday’s Convocation ceremony – a... Read more


From Homeless to Helping Others: VIU Cowichan Student April Murphy's Story

February 23, 2018

An Adult Basic Education student, Murphy overcame multiple barriers to succeed  April Murphy has battled illiteracy, homelessness, and addiction and mental health challenges. Now the 33-year-old Vancouver Island University (VIU) Cowichan Adult Basic Education (ABE) student is well on her way to getting her high school diploma, after which she plans to enter the Community Mental Health... Read more


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