In the Community

Routes Of Change Visionary Will Arrive At VIU's Nanaimo Campus March 15

March 11, 2016

Markus Pukonen is travelling the world by non-motorized means to raise $10 million for positive change Markus Pukonen will not get on a plane, in a car or use any motorized vehicle for five years and, while fulfilling that commitment, he’s circumnavigating the planet to raise $10 million for smaller non-profit organizations that make a big difference through the work they do.   Pukonen created a... Read more

VIU Launches Campaign for Much Needed Theatre Upgrades

March 8, 2016

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Malaspina Theatre is turning 40 this year and like many aging celebrities it’s starting to show its age. After four decades and thousands of community and student performances, rehearsals and events, the creaks and groans can no longer be ignored. “Our 294 seat venue is in critical need of upgrades and improvements. There’s just no getting around it. We owe it... Read more

Sharing Key to VIU's Generation Q Conference Success

February 23, 2016

First annual conference attracted more than 220 participants Their daughter spoke about her spirit as early as the age of two. At first her parents didn’t think much of it. “Isn’t that nice,” they said with a knowing smile. But as she got older and gained more words, she became more insistent. “She said very forcefully and repeatedly that her spirit was a boy,” said the mother, who was... Read more

Islands Short Fiction Contest Returns for Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Writers

February 15, 2016

Submitted by Nanaimo Arts Council Over $2000 in cash and prizes will once again be awarded to Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands writers as the Islands Short Fiction Contest returns for 2016. Co-sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism, the contest seeks entries of up to 2000... Read more

Update on Nanaimo Campus incident

February 4, 2016

At around 10.30 am on Thursday, February 4, a suspicious person was observed on the Nanaimo campus. Campus security alerted the RCMP, who advised VIU’s Campus Security to institute emergency procedures.   Our procedures were activitated immediately: people were instructed to shelter in place until further notice. The message was repeated at regular intervals in order to ensure our campus... Read more

VIU Highlights Refugee Stories During International Development Week Feb. 1-5

February 1, 2016

Hamdi Aweys knows how it feels to be forced to flee her homeland due to war and destruction, and live in a crowded refugee camp.  She also knows first-hand what it’s like to move far away from friends and family and build a brand new life in Canada.  The Vancouver Island University (VIU) student, originally from Somalia, is one of three refugees who will share powerful “Stories of Migration” at a... Read more

VIU Awards Honorary Doctorate to Former BC Premier Mike Harcourt

January 28, 2016

British Columbia’s 30th Premier, Michael Harcourt will accept an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at Vancouver Island University’s convocation ceremony on Friday, Jan. 29 in recognition of the many contributions he has made in an exemplary career as a lawyer, community activist and politician. “Mike Harcourt has played a key role in the political and social development of BC and Canada,” said Dr. David... Read more

Island Health and VIU Host Drug Overdose and Substance Use Community Forum Jan. 28

January 26, 2016

Island Health has issued two drug overdose alerts in the last two weeks, and now community partners in Nanaimo are pulling together to host an important public forum on drug overdose and substance use. A panel of representatives from Island Health’s Harm Reduction Unit, RCMP’s community program, and Vancouver Island University (VIU) will provide critical information about the dangerous drugs that... Read more

VIU Bestows Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree on Acclaimed Poet Patrick Lane

January 25, 2016

Internationally acclaimed poet Patrick Lane will receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) convocation ceremony on January 28 in recognition of his contributions to the field of poetry. Critics and scholars call him one of the finest poets of his generation. An admired teacher, workshop leader and supporter of emerging poets across North America, Lane has... Read more

Sculpture Unveiled at VIU Promotes Unity

January 22, 2016

Nanaimo Port Authority has donated $5,000 to create a permanent home at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Nanaimo campus for a six-by-six foot sculpture called Tsawalk. Built by VIU Graphic Design alumna Laura Timmermans, the sculpture promotes the message of unity, diversity and connection. The piece is mounted on a wall next to the VIU Bookstore alongside a plaque explaining the artist’s... Read more