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VIU student Eric Evans path to education and journey of healing

Rewriting The Story You Are Born Into

July 10, 2019

We don’t get to choose the life we begin with. Some of us are born into privilege while others are not. One opportunity or disadvantage can vastly change our entire life story. “At the orchard I work at, my boss’s son has dyslexia and his mother fought tirelessly for him to ensure he got the proper supports in school,” says Eric Evans. “I wonder sometimes how my life would be different if I had... Read more


Kerri Gwilt upgrades her courses at VIU in order to pursue her long-term goal of becoming a nurse.

Changing Lives Through Education

July 9, 2019

Vancouver Island University’s Adult Basic Education program is supporting students to pursue their dreams.  “Everyone who is here has struggled at some point and this is our second chance to build a better life,” says Julianne McCullough, Adult Basic Education (ABE) student at Vancouver Island University (VIU).  [[{"fid":"2900","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default... Read more


VIU’s Cooperative Entrepreneur Training Certificate Program supports people with disabilities to actualize their business dreams.

VIU Training Program Helps Turn Ideas into Business Start-Ups

May 8, 2019

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) new Cooperative Entrepreneur Training Program (CETP) is supporting people with disabilities to actualize their dreams by giving them the knowledge and tools to start their entrepreneurial journey.  Jolene Trigg, one of first students participating in the first cohort of the CETP, says her disability presented her with an opportunity to create... Read more


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


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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