In the Community

Mike Quinn portrait photo

Dr. Michael Quinn: First year reflections

June 7, 2023

Dr. Michael Quinn, VIU’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic is completing his first year so we asked him to share his thoughts, learnings and insights at this important time for VIU. What were your first impressions of VIU? I can’t believe how fast a year has gone by! What really impresses me about VIU is the people. The team I work with on a daily basis is outstanding. It was important to me... Read more

Spring Semester 2023 photo album

June 7, 2023

Spring Semester 2023 was full of a variety of events and activities for students and employees alike. International Women's Day, Holi, The Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Symposium, and Trans Day of Visibility among many others show that VIU truly is a place where all are welcome. Thanks to the Communications Team for the images. Read more

Meara Kimball is dressed in suspenders and jeans with a shirt that says Dash on it

Dash Dauntless: VIU’s professional wrestler

June 7, 2023

By Alyson Winks For much of Meara Kimball’s childhood, brothers and wrestling were necessary annoyances that had to be endured. In the days of single-television households where smart phones were still just a sparkle in Steve Jobs’ eye, agreeing on what program to watch was a daily battle. Eventually, Meara learned to tolerate, then secretly, enjoy professional wrestling. It was the 1990s and... Read more

rainbow circle with arrows making the colours that says Thrive Here in the middle

Benefits Overview: Where do You Turn When You’re Not Sure Where to Turn?

June 5, 2023

“Employee benefits” encompass all forms of insurance, perks, support resources, or compensation that are provided to employees over and above their base salaries and wages. VIU offers a broad set of benefits and resources to support employee well-being. The variety can make it difficult to navigate where to start or what the best service is for your current situation. VIU’s Employee Health, Well-... Read more

Supporting an inclusive learning environment: A thank-you to VIU Faculty

April 11, 2023

VIU is committed to supporting the academic success of our most vulnerable students by ensuring those who are registered with a disability are afforded accommodations enshrined under Human Rights legislation. The progress we have made as an institution is in large part owed to you as faculty. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to achieve our mandate, and for that, the University thanks you. Further... Read more

Jacob Frankel holds up his phone to a sala bush. The green leaves appear on his phone screen.

Nature lovers asked to head outdoors and become citizen scientists during BioBlitz

April 4, 2023

Volunteers can help contribute to biodiversity research by collecting information on flora and fauna. Nature lovers are invited to head outdoors for science during the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR) BioBlitz this April. “We’re grateful to everyone who volunteers! Each observation improves our knowledge and understanding of both species and ecosystem health throughout the biosphere,”... Read more

Children on a rink clearing the snow off

For the love of skating. And family.

March 1, 2023

By Aly Winks Every year in the late fall or early winter, Web Developer Analyst Michael Boquist heads into his backyard. He spends hours lovingly leveling a space of about 20 feet by 12 feet in the yard of his acreage. After that, he hauls out cedar boards and takes an enormous piece of plastic to cover the space he has leveled. He uses the boards to make a border around the plastic. With the... Read more

Craig Evans standing in front of some white flowers

WEST Instructor, Community Advocate, Patron of the City

March 1, 2023

By Aly Winks Craig Evans has been making an impact since he moved to Nanaimo in 1977. At 22, he was ready to find a place to call home and Nanaimo seemed to answer that calling. It wasn’t long before he put his money where his mouth was and opened Nanaimo’s first recycling operation called the Nanaimo Recycling Society. “For years, I worked in the environmental movement, trying to enact change to... Read more

Dr. Erik Krogn and Dr. Chris Gill stand beside each other in a wooded area

25 years of service: Dr. Chris Gill and Dr. Erik Krogh

March 1, 2023

In some ways, it is hard to believe that Dr. Chris Gill and Dr. Erik Krogh are celebrating their 25 years at VIU. If anything, it seems their energy, engagement and desire for excellence has only grown over the years, deepening their passion for research and teaching in the field of Chemistry. Both are professors in the Chemistry Department and are co-directors of the Applied Environmental... Read more

Jennifer U'Chong

Jennifer U’Chong: 25 years of service in her own words

March 1, 2023

My name is Jennifer U’Chong, and I started working in the Employment and Life Skills Training Program (ELST) in the Academic and Career Preparation Faculty at Vancouver Island University in September 1997. In 2012, the ELST Program revamped to address the needs of our students, and the program transitioned into the Workplace Essential Skills and Training Program (WEST).  The WEST Program has... Read more