News Stories

VIU Recreation Prescription Project Gets Youth Moving

December 7, 2018

Breaking down barriers to recreation for elementary school children could contribute to healthier, more active adults. Thanks to a $50,000 grant from Island Health, Vancouver Island University (VIU) has partnered with the City of Nanaimo Parks and Recreation, Division of Family Practice, and the Nanaimo Ladysmith School District to introduce Grade 5 students to more active lifestyles. The 16-... Read more


VIU’s Outreach Program Inspires Youth to Follow their Dreams

November 27, 2018

It starts with a simple conversation – ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ That one question can be a catalyst for change, but for some children, it’s a discussion they have never had the opportunity to have.  “A lot of students we visited didn’t have dreams for themselves because they never had the opportunity to explore them,” says Katie McCarthy, a fourth-year student in the... Read more


Breaking the Poverty Cycle: The Economic Impact of Post-Secondary Education

November 19, 2018

After a year of planning, Ruby Barclay arrived at Vancouver Island University (VIU) Student Residences from her hometown with two Rubber Maid totes and a duffel bag. “That was it – that was my entire life,” she remembers. “The first day was really, really tough.” While most youth transitioning to post-secondary rely on parents and extended family for support with school, living expenses and... Read more


What is Happening to the Children?

October 17, 2018

By Aly Winks People who experience childhood trauma often describe the event as life-changing, and rarely for the better. Research suggests that early intervention after such events can make all the difference in a young person’s life. That’s where VIU Child and Youth Care students and faculty hope to make an impact.   British Columbia is currently in the middle of a medical health crisis... Read more


VIU Students Look To Help The Youngest Victims of the Opioid Crisis

February 20, 2018

Societal stigma biggest obstacle in helping those in need It has been called the most urgent healthcare crisis today. A few times each year, the Ministry of Health for British Columbia releases statistics, which indicate more than three people every day are dying of opioid poisoning in the province. The substances doing the killing are fentanyl and carfentanyl. The stories that accompany the... Read more


VIU Graduate Reaches Unreachable With Unique Program

January 25, 2018

  Horses help in healing old wounds No amount of talking or medication can heal some wounds. It’s when people discover this that they tend to find Anastasia Hirst and Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW).     Hirst enrolled in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Child and Youth Care program so she could continue her work in EFW. When she graduated, she was already employed... Read more


Need more information?

Request Information

Want to talk to someone about specific questions?

Contact a Representative

Ready to join us at VIU?

Apply Online