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Jennifer U'Chong

Jennifer U’Chong: 25 years of service in her own words

March 1, 2023

My name is Jennifer U’Chong, and I started working in the Employment and Life Skills Training Program (ELST) in the Academic and Career Preparation Faculty at Vancouver Island University in September 1997. In 2012, the ELST Program revamped to address the needs of our students, and the program transitioned into the Workplace Essential Skills and Training Program (WEST).  The WEST Program has... Read more

Progress on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan

March 1, 2023

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan was adopted in November 2021 as a key transformational piece of the Strategic Plan, People, Place, Potential. In particular, it supports the priority to become a more inclusive and healthier place for work and study: “We believe that well-being in all its aspects depends on how we treat each other. We will therefore prioritize our work to... Read more

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Creating a stronger, more resilient you

March 1, 2023

Use smart tools to support your physical well-being   When life gets busy, often one of the first aspects that can fall to the wayside is our physical well-being -- this includes things like exercise, nutrition, and the ability to make positive lifestyle choices.  Focusing on our physical well-being is a worthwhile endeavour. While there is no easy way to restart old healthy habits or create new... Read more

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VIU restaurant featured as participant during inaugural Dine Out Nanaimo food festival

January 13, 2023

What: Dine Out Nanaimo Festival, featuring VIU’s Discovery Room  When: January 20 to February 5, 2023 Where: The Discovery Room full-service learning restaurant at VIU Nanaimo, BC: The Discovery Room at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will be featured as a participant during the inaugural, multi-day food festival known as Dine Out Nanaimo. Taking place from January 20 to February 5, the... Read more

Best of the season from the Senior Management Team

December 15, 2022

It's been another busy year at VIU, with teaching and work largely returning to in-person circumstances. Members of the Senior Management Team (SMT) shared some warm wishes for the semester break. They are presented here alphabetical by first name.  Read more

Fall 2022 semester review in photos

December 14, 2022

Fall 2022 was a busy semester for Vancouver Island University, with the return of most events. Students and employees came out to participate and celebrate in a variety of different ways. Thanks to the Communications Team for providing these images.  Read more

Give a Meal program

December 14, 2022

By Simon Lalande, Ancillary Services Marketing and Technology Clerk Access to quality, nutritious food is fundamental to human existence and is vital to the success of students at VIU. In support of this, on September 28, 2022 the “Give a Meal” program was launched by Ancillary Services. This program provides meals to students in need on a temporary basis through VIU's cafeterias, as well as... Read more

Samantha Letourneau closeup, wearing a red scarf

5 Questions with Samantha Letourneau

December 13, 2022

Helping people access transformational education programs is a passion for Samantha Letourneau, who recently started as Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Canada Learning Bond Project Lead. Through this new role, made possible by funding from Employment and Social Development Canada, she will expand VIU’s activities and outreach initiatives that help students and families sign up for free... Read more

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Halloween fun at VIU

November 3, 2022

Lots of fun was had by many on Halloween on all our campuses. Beautiful weather made for great participation from both students and employees. Thanks to all who submitted for our Halloween photo contest draw for a pizza party. The winner is... Cowichan Campus Employees!  Thank you for the substantial number of entries from a variety of people. Details of the pizza lunch will be announced soon.   Read more

Richard Horbachewski VIU Chief Advancement Officer, Associate Vice-President Community Parternships

Giving Tuesday at VIU

November 1, 2022

By Richard Horbachewski, Associate Vice-President, External Relations VIU is launching our Giving Tuesday campaign on November 15,culminating on November 29 – Giving Tuesday. Launched in 2012, Giving Tuesday is devoted to one simple principle – a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has become a global movement to inspire people to give and celebrate generosity.   The generosity... Read more