In the Community

The Results of our What's in a Name? Contest!

December 20, 2018

By Aly Winks The first issue of the enewsletter went out just under a month ago, and I was thrilled with the engagement we saw. It seems we may be finding a way to fill a need. I also announced the naming contest, and in this issue, I have shared the results, but before we get to that, I need to take a moment to give a nod to all the hard work that goes into creating something like this.  Thank... Read more

Welcoming New Employees

December 20, 2018

Welcome to the newest regular VIU employees! Patrick Brouder, Professor, Faculty of Management Tarra Tipton, Campus Services Clerk, Powell River Campus Wilma Zaal Delongchamp, Instructor Faculty of Health and Human Services Brittany Parker, Manager Office of Student Affairs, Student Affairs Luke McLeod, Librarian, Provost & Vice-President Academic Meara Kimball, Learning Technologies Support... Read more


December 20, 2018

Please send us the great career accomplishments of you, your colleagues or your team! Congratulation to Dr. Merv Jefferies for the recent completion of his PhD! His dissertation is titled "The impact of surf toursim on the community of Tofino". He completed it through the Geography Department at the University of Victoria, and his lead supervisor was Dr. Rick Rollins, VIU Professor Emeritus.  A... Read more

Keeping a Good Thing Going on the Communications and Public Engagement Team

December 20, 2018

We are saying “goodbye for now” to Janina Stajic, VIU's Director of Communications and Public Engagement, who is taking a one-year leave through the University's deferred salary plan. In her place, we are pleased to welcome back Dan Hurley who is leading the Communications and Public Engagement team until Janina returns. Some of you may remember Dan from when he led VIU’s University Relations... Read more

VIU Wins Perry Shawana Award

December 20, 2018

By Aly Winks For the first time in its thirteen-year history, the Perry Shawana Award from the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) was given to an institution. Vancouver Island University shared the award with long-time Aboriginal child advocate Mabel Louie. The Perry Shawana Award goes to an individual or, in this case, institution, “who, through volunteerism, advocacy, policy-making, or... Read more

Leave for Change Grant Helps Tracy Vandermolen Develop Professional Skills and Build Lasting Relationships

December 20, 2018

In March 2018, VIU's Tracy Vandermolen, Administrative Assistant, Intercultural and Group Programs, applied for a Leave for Change grant through the Global Engagement Grants program for VIU employees provided through the Faculty of International Education. Her application was successful and eight months later, she landed in Hanoi, Vietnam to complete a three-week volunteer placement with... Read more

Be Energy Nice, Not Naughty Over the Holidays

December 20, 2018

The 2018 Energy Naughty or Nice challenge wraps up on Friday, December 21. Still time to get your submissions in! Keep an eye on your email for the grand prize winner. We can all keep being energy nice over the holidays. Take part in the Energy Nice Shutdown Challenge. You’ll find some suggestions from VIU’s Sustainability Advisory Committee for switching off, turning off, and unplugging. Thanks... Read more

HR Corner

December 20, 2018

Holiday Stress and Anxiety Prevention As we get close to the end of the year, some of us may struggle with the holiday season. Homewood Health has provided an article containing information and guidance to support you. Read the full article at: holiday stress and anxiety prevention. Included in the article are the following seven techniques to help alleviate anxiety or stress: Express yourself... Read more

Community Group Marks 100th Anniversary by Establishing New Scholarship

December 19, 2018

Since 1919, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) has worked to improve the status of women and promote all aspects of education. In honour of the organization’s 100th anniversary, the CFUW’s Nanaimo chapter is establishing a new scholarship at Vancouver Island University (VIU). The CFUW Nanaimo Ocean Sciences/Marine Biology Celebration Award CFUW 100th Anniversary award will provide... Read more

Welcome To VIU's eNewsletter

November 27, 2018

Thank-you for opening the first edition of VIU’s new eNewsletter for employees. This is for the VIU community and we would love to hear your feedback, story ideas and get your contributions. To learn more, watch this video of Dan VanderSluis, Associate Vice President of Human Resources. Video of E Newsletter November Read more