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Kyla Hanington, VIU alum

VIU Alum Starts Award for Single Mothers

February 9, 2021

Receiving financial help changed Kyla Hanington’s life and the lives of her children when she was at university; now she wants to give back to families in similar situations.There were many times when Kyla Hanington was close to giving up on her university education.Every time this happened, the single mother of two received a timely scholarship, bursary or award that served as encouragement, as... Read more


Felicia Fischer sitting on stairs

VIU Graduate Student Joins National Advisory Committee

January 28, 2021

Master of Community Planning student Felicia Fischer will advise on initiatives that aim to advance sustainability and access at institutions across the country.­­A Vancouver Island University (VIU) student will have the chance to weigh in on collaborative sustainable development initiatives taking place at institutions across Canada and make sure students are involved in them.Felicia Fischer, a... Read more


Photo of VIU alumna Megan Yim smiling at the camera

Alum of the Month: Megan Yim

January 14, 2021

Dr. Megan Yim (Bachelor of Arts ’15, Major in Psychology) is passionate about helping people reach their full health potential. Yim, who went on to complete a master’s degree in experimental neuropsychology at the University of Victoria and then a Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, is now working as a chiropractor at Backfit Clinic in Victoria,... Read more


VIU Culinary Arts student cooking for gold.

VIU Culinary Arts Student Cooking for Gold

January 7, 2021

Ottis Crabbe has earned a spot on Junior Culinary Team Canada, which will be competing at the Culinary Olympics in Germany in 2024. The day his parents opened Abbondanza, a restaurant in Ucluelet, BC, Ottis Crabbe knew he wanted to become a chef.  His path toward running his own commercial kitchen began last year when he signed up for Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Culinary... Read more


VIU Culinary Arts program donates surplus food to Salvation Army

VIU Culinary Arts Program Donates Surplus Food to Salvation Army

December 10, 2020

Extra food prepared by students as part of their program is finding its way to the stomachs of people in need through charitable organization in Nanaimo.Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Culinary Arts program is donating the equivalent of about 200 meals every week to the Nanaimo Salvation Army New Hope Centre on Nicol Street. VIU’s hybrid model of education delivery... Read more


Spenser Smith, a VIU Creative Writing alum, seated outdoors with his laptop

Alumni of the Month: Spenser Smith

December 8, 2020

Through his writing, Spenser Smith (Bachelor of Arts, Major in Creative Writing ’19) is attempting to change the public’s perception of drug users and add another perspective to the conversation about BC’s overdose crisis.In September 2019, he started his Master of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia (UBC), for which he is writing a book of poetry that explores his... Read more


Three VIU Mariner Alumni Take on New Role as Apprentice Coaches

Three VIU Mariner Alumni Take on New Role as Apprentice Coaches

October 23, 2020

The Mariners Athletics and Recreation department is proud to announce three former female student-athletes are joining the ranks of coaches for the 2020-21 sports season.Three Vancouver Island University (VIU) graduates are back with the sports teams they have devoted so much of their time to over the past five years as apprentice coaches.  Andrea Čanković, Emma Platner and Nicole... Read more


VIU Student Recognized for Supporting Community

VIU Student Recognized for Supporting Community

October 20, 2020

Vantaishia Tommy, who recently won a citizenship award for community service and commitment to her studies, is focused on helping animals when she graduates. DUNCAN, BC: Vantaishia (Taish) Tommy knows exactly where she wants to be when she has finished her educational journey – protecting the rights and habitats of animals of all kinds and sizes around the world. The Adult Basic... Read more


VIU Alum of the Month: Ron Brash

Alum of the Month: Ron Brash

October 20, 2020

A passion for tinkering with computer programs and designing web pages led Ron Brash to start his first year of VIU’s Information Technology and Applied Systems (ITAS) diploma program while he was still in high school. Through a partnership program between Nanaimo Ladysmith School District and VIU that allows public school students to take university courses in their senior years, Ron took his... Read more


Ariana White, Culinary alum

Alum of the Month: Ariana White

September 15, 2020

After graduating from the Culinary Management diploma program at VIU in 2012, Ariana White, who has been cooking her whole life, decided to take her career in a new direction and focus on whole animal butchery. She currently works at Chop ‘N Block, a local shop in Kamloops, BC, where she hopes to continue learning as much as she can about about the trade with the eventual goal of opening her own... Read more