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Indigenous Health Care Assistant Program

Indigenous Health Care Assistant Program Changing Lives

February 22, 2019

The Kw’am Kw’um Shhwuli (Strong Health, Well-being) Health Care Assistant program at VIU Cowichan combines technical training with wraparound supports and Hul’qumi’num language lessons to help move students into high-demand careers. ­­ A unique new program at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cowichan Campus that combines Health Care Assistant training and Indigenous language and culture... Read more


VIU Alum of the Month: Annie Hepp

Alum of the month: Annie Hepp

February 19, 2019

It may take Vancouver Island University (VIU) Biology graduate Annie Hepp a little while to get used to living and working in one of the largest southern United States, where she has landed a position with Texas Parks & Wildlife.  “Living in Texas has definitely changed the way I view long distances and road trips! “We have six regions in Texas State Parks and I cover Central Texas to... Read more


VIU Alum Shane Strom uses his knowledge from University to apply it to opening his first business

Alum of the Month: Shane Strom

February 5, 2019

Shane Strom’s entrepreneurial journey began when he enrolled in the Bachelor of Hospitality and Management program at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Shortly after graduating in 2015, Strom created his first start-up, GoCampers, with business partner, Scott Mitchell. GoCampers has converted basic cargo vans and transformed them into stylish and functional mobile hotels for... Read more


VIU Honours Lawyer for Helping Shape Canada's Legal History

January 23, 2019

Marvin Storrow believes that even though something is law doesn’t always mean it is just or right. An accomplished lawyer with 55 years’ experience, Storrow has challenged the law numerous times, and due to his determination and courage he has steered the course of legal history in Canada. Storrow’s legal contribution towards getting formal recognition of Indigenous rights and title... Read more


Education for Empowerment: Morgan and Gina Mowatt

October 16, 2018

A desire to effect positive change for First Nations communities has sisters Morgan and Gina Mowatt leveraging what they learned at VIU to pursue graduate studies at the University of Victoria (UVic). Gina (Bachelor of Arts ’15, Major in First Nations Studies) is pursuing a Master of Arts in Colonial Histories. While in Victoria, she co-founded the Innovative Young Indigenous Leaders... Read more


Alumni Spotlight: Social Sciences Radio Hosts

October 16, 2018

Two Social Sciences graduates had the unique experience of creating their own radio shows while studying at VIU. Michael Robert Caditz (Bachelor of Arts ’18, Major in Philosophy), the first student to graduate from VIU with the new Honours in Philosophy degree option, created Spring Forward: The VIU Philosophy Show on the campus-community radio station CHLY 101.7 FM while taking the new... Read more


Adventures on Ice: Jennifer Williams

October 16, 2018

Travelling onboard the Canada C3 Expedition was a life-changing experience for Jennifer Williams (Bachelor of Education ’16). For Williams, who graduated in 2016, there weren’t just one or two poignant moments — it was the entire voyage that made a lasting impression. “What always impacts me in all my experiences are the people I meet along the way. Each person I met, both in the... Read more


Alumni News

October 16, 2018

What happens when an artist loses her ability to conjure images inside her head? This is the situation Sheri Bakes (Diploma of Fine Arts – Visual Arts ’93) found herself in following a stroke at age 29 that left her with aphantasia, a rare condition where one cannot visualize imagery, meaning she cannot paint from visual imagination. Bakes persisted in doing what she loves, spending the last... Read more


Scholar-athlete Alum Wins Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport

October 16, 2018

Kaitlyn Lafontaine dreams of using her education as a tool for change. “I really want to use my education to give back to my community and make a difference,” says Lafontaine, a member of the Métis Nation. “School has taught me I am someone who can make those changes.” It’s important to Lafontaine to make a positive impact for Indigenous people in Canada. The First Nations Studies and... Read more


VIU Global Studies Graduates Make A Difference

August 16, 2018

Five VIU Global Studies graduates and former VIU Professor Dr. Catherine Schittecatte gathered this summer to share about life after university.  After graduating from Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Global Studies (GLST) program, Richard Kulesza wentonto complete his law degree at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie and is nowa Policy Analyst for the... Read more


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