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Strategic Marketing is here to Help with Summer and Fall Projects

June 8, 2020

By Shari Bishop Bowes, Manager, Strategic Marketing  Hello out there to our colleagues across VIU who continue to work from home! The Strategic Marketing team, like most employees at VIU, has settled into remote work and we just wanted to share a hearty shout-out to you all for embracing this “new reality” and going above and beyond to support our students and each other. The dedication... 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: Working Remotely Survey, Personal and Professional Wellness

June 8, 2020

On Tuesday afternoon, all VIU employees received an email from Dan VanderSluis, Associate-Vice President, Human Resources about a survey on working remotely. Please be sure to fill out the survey by the deadline - June 30, 2020. The survey is anonymous and each employee received a unique link, so find an email from Dan VanderSluis, which arrived on Tuesday, June 9 at 4:36 pm titled Your Employee... 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


Keeping Up Team Morale While Working Remotely

April 16, 2020

As we settle into working remotely, teams across the university are coming up with creative and funny ways to maintain and build important ties and relationships with colleagues.We checked in with a few areas across VIU to find out what they are doing (if you have any other ideas you’d like to share, please let us know at Alyson.Winks@viu.ca).1. Regular meetings: This might not sound exciting,... Read more