In the Community


Exterior wayfinding program makes VIU a more welcoming place to everyone

April 2, 2022

Most of us can recall, recently or not so recently, when we were new to VIU – either trying to find the place you were meeting a contact for an interview, or wandering around as a new student hoping to discover what B345 meant. In many cases, the good graces of a stranger saved us from our confusion.The sight of the stairs can be daunting for anyone, let alone if mobility may present an added... Read more

Kendra Stiwich 2021 President’s Award for Service Excellence Award for Early Impact/Emerging Leader recipient

Recognizing our colleagues: It’s nomination season at VIU

April 2, 2022

By Aly WinksAt VIU, there are five sets of internal awards presented by the President and Provost on an annual basis. Each set recognizes the exemplary work of our colleagues in an area of importance to the function and reputation of the institution. In each case, an individual or team is nominated by one or more colleagues.The VIU People Plan formalizes our promise of recognition and celebration... Read more

Mandy Hobkirk uses her phone to take photos of pink flowers.

Citizen Scientists Asked to Look for Plants and Animals during Annual MABR BioBlitz

April 1, 2022

Event participants can make observations anywhere within the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region, whether that’s in their backyard or a community park.People can channel their inner scientist by participating in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region’s (MABR’s) annual BioBlitz event.The MABR BioBlitz, which runs from April 8-10, relies on citizen scientists to collect information on flora... Read more


Trauma-Informed Leadership at VIU

March 31, 2022

“A compassionate and trauma-informed approach to leadership is essential for creating healthy workplace cultures.”Achieve Centre for LeadershipVIU acknowledges the prevalence of trauma in our world and the impact on people we interact with, including team members, colleagues, and students. It is our aim to promote workplace environments, across all campuses, that support the well-being of all... Read more

VIU Employee Engagement Survey Results information session recording

February 28, 2022

The recording for the information session on the results of the employee engagement survey is now available to view. Closed captioning is enabled and some words may be inexact.  Read more

Fall 2021: The semester in photos

December 20, 2021

After 20 months away, our students and employees came back to our campuses and locations. They gathered, held events, and marked important occasions together. This photo album provides a look-back at the semester as it was. Most photos were taken by members of the Communications team: Jenn McGarrigle, Rachel Stern, and Eric Zimmer.   Read more

VIU Snowflakes

VIU 2021: 'Twas the Week Before Christmas

December 20, 2021

by Rose von Schilling, Program Assistant, Health Care Assistant ProgramAdapted extensively from “A Visit From St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore Public domain, intended for private entertainment only, so not covered by copyright protection (I hope) 'Twas the week before ChristmasAnd all through the hallsNot a creature was stirringNot a sound in these walls They tear down the... Read more


Employee Smiles: The last bunch of 2021

December 20, 2021

Thank you to everyone who has taken a moment to submit a smile for a colleague (or group of colleagues) throughout 2021. We couldn't leave the year behind without sharing the last bunch of submissions. We cannot wait to share all your kudos in 2022. To Marg Purslow - I just went through my emails and realized how very, very patient she is. She's always helpful but she also has answered the... Read more

healthy living

Healthy Living in 2022

December 20, 2021

Healthy living means making positive choices that enhance your well-being across all the dimensions of wellness: physical, nutritional, intellectual, social & community, mental & emotional, and spiritual. VIU supports your well-being through a wide variety of resources available to you and your family.First up, consider your mental and emotional well-being as you move into 2022. Start... Read more

Quick Reference: Mindwell resources in pictures

December 20, 2021

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