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Welcoming New Employees

June 8, 2020

We are so glad to welcome all VIU employees who have received their first regular appointment since January, 2020. We sincerely hope you are all settling into your roles well and finding VIU to be a fun, supportive place to work. Gerri McEwenKristin SmartEmber CathersMegan LebeufKimberley SwitnickiMarissa SmithWynand SteynLidia SurmanCynthia LangeSanchit MittalSarah ReadNeil ChudleighAllison... Read more


Global Engagement

Global Engagement During a Pandemic

June 8, 2020

Darrell Harvey, VIU’s International Projects and Internationalization Coordinator, has been working some strange hours as of late. He manages VIU’s Global Engagement team and is responsible for VIU’s international co-operation projects in far-flung countries around the world including Kenya, Belize, Tanzania, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. One of the impacts the pandemic has had on his work is... Read more


Nominate a Colleague for the President's Awards

June 8, 2020

There's still time to nominate a deserving colleague or team of colleagues for two sets of VIU recognition awards. Applications for the service excellence awards are due June 15. Deadline for the access and inclusion awards is June 30. President's Awards for Service ExcellencePresident's Awards for Enhancing Access and Inclusion Read more


HR Corner: Personal and Professional Wellness

June 8, 2020

A wide variety of resources is available to VIU employees to help us promote and improve our personal and professional wellness. The recognition of stress in times of uncertainty is an important first step in ensuring mental and physical health receives the required attention to maintain personal wellness. Homewood Health provides a broad range of articles on everything from personal care while... Read more


VIU Donates Critical Health Supplies During COVID-19 Crisis

VIU Donates Critical Health Supplies During Covid-19 Crisis

May 25, 2020

University community puts expertise and resources to work to benefit frontline workers. ­­As COVID-19 quickly spread around the world and critical health supplies became scarce, Vancouver Island University (VIU) employees have found ways to help protect frontline responders and their colleagues on campus providing essential services. “Universities have enormous intellectual... Read more


VIU's Working Remotely Chronicles

April 16, 2020

On Monday March 17, we were asked to work remotely as much as possible and by the end of the following week, everyone who could was working off campus. This was the beginning of our new reality and VIU employees set about creating their new temporary work spaces away from the office. We have found ourselves in close proximity to loved ones, exposed to a Spring Break that never ended (for... Read more


Supporting our People

April 16, 2020

A Column by Dan VanderSluis, Associate Vice-President, Human Resources We are a month into the COVID-19 health crisis and its profound impact on our VIU Community. We use the phrase VIU Community a lot, and I hope that you feel you are a meaningful part of this community. The kindness, compassion, patience and caring with which you have treated our students and each other is a testament to... Read more


Q & A with Lidia Surman, Chief of Staff, President's Office

April 16, 2020

When Lidia Surman decided to accept the position of Chief of Staff to the President, she couldn’t possibly have imagined she would be relocating and beginning a vital role at VIU in the midst of a pandemic. Her first weeks on the job were filled with emergency meetings and her orientation was, in a word, brief. Before she knew it, she was working from her home office rather than in the President’... Read more


How the Emergency Operations Centre Works

April 16, 2020

When emergencies come knocking at Vancouver Island University’s door, the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is activated to respond and make sure that all aspects of the institution are considered as the situation evolves. Its structure and operations follow best practices outlined by Emergency Management BC. It remains operational until members of the EOC deem that the emergency has been... Read more


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