In the Community

Welcome to the new ‘nameless’ employee eNewsletter

November 27, 2018

By Aly Winks Welcome to the inaugural edition of Vancouver Island University’s employee enewsletter. I am Aly Winks, Internal Communications Officer and curator of the enewsletter’s content. Why an enewsletter? For some time, VIU’s Communications and HR teams have been having conversations about how to support the communications needs of one of our most important groups – our internal community.... Read more

Welcoming New Employees

November 27, 2018

Find below a list of all new VIU employees who have joined our team since as of September 2018. Those listed have received their first regular appointment. It is listed in no particular order.  Merlin Hansen, Technician, Faculty of Science and Technology Kim Fraser, Instructor, Faculty of Health and Human Services Rae-Anne Guenther, Communications Officer, Communications & Public Engagement... Read more


November 27, 2018

Let's Celebrate Each Other Please send us your recent career accomplishments or those of a “modest” colleague. We want to help celebrate the learning, certifications, awards and advancements VIU’s employees achieve as they grow in their careers. You will also be able to find information here about accomplishments of the institution as a whole, like VIU becoming a Global Teaching Excellence Award... Read more

Community Talk

November 27, 2018

Please send us your story ideas and ask about contributing your own piece. This section is simply news around our community. It could be event-based (see the article on the government opening of the new buildings). It may be achievement-based. It could be about a new initiative or something of interest happening in your department. In this issue read: Cowichan Campus Update Global Teaching... Read more

VIU Health and Safety Services here for YOU

November 27, 2018

By Kim Sharpe, Erin Bascom and Mark Egan Here in the Health and Safety office, our sole concern, and focus of what we do, day in and day out, is keeping you safe and healthy at work. We thought we would share some ways you can contact us if you ever feel the need.   There are many ways to decrease injury and improve safety that are quick and easy and the employees in VIU’s Health and Safety... Read more

HR Corner

November 27, 2018

All things HR! Learn more about your benefits; access wellness programs; learn about our providers, in their own words; learn about pension plans; find out who in HR you can talk to about certain issues; and find news about HR initiatives and reports about how certain activities went. Jumpstart Your Wellness Thanks for stopping by the HR table at this year’s Mind, Body & Spirit Health and... Read more

VIU Volunteer Tutor Program Supports Students' Specific Learning Needs

June 28, 2018

In Grade 9, Matt decided to drop out of school with the belief he would never excel at learning. A few years later, he decided to upgrade his courses at Vancouver Island University (VIU), and a University counsellor connected him with Literacy Central Vancouver Island (LCVI). Since 1991, VIU and LCVI have partnered to provide a tutor program to assist adult learners on their education journey. “I... Read more

VIU Plants for the Future with Local Partners

June 19, 2018

1,000 Trees Planted in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region In an effort to limit the environmental impact of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, in June 2018, the Government of Canada entered into an agreement with the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve to make the summit an environmentally responsible event by reducing its carbon footprint. One of the highlights of this agreement was the planting... Read more

Sergio Cocchia and Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia

VIU Awards Honorary Doctorate to Sergio Cocchia and Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia

June 5, 2018

The Cocchias to be recognized at VIU’s June 6, 10 am Convocation Ceremony  As well as their work overseeing a varied business venture through the Crew Group of Companies, focused on hotel, spa and property management, Sergio Cocchia and Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia are dedicated to 'building a village' for families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For their work in the field of children’s... Read more

VIU Student Researchers and Faculty Organize Annual BioBlitz Event

April 13, 2018

Community volunteers sought to survey flora and fauna  Community members have the opportunity to contribute to biodiversity research during the third annual Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR) BioBlitz. The event is organized and run by student researchers from Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) and student and faculty... Read more