In the Community

James Cook, left, a volunteer for the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank and Sean Weins, Garden Café Chef, share stories in the Snaw-Naw-As Health Centre’s Garden of Spiritual Healing.

Garden Café Feeding Conversations about Healthy Eating Habits

November 25, 2019

VIU project at Snaw-Naw-As Health Centre helps increase food knowledge, cooking skills and promotes conversations about healthy food choices.Engaging people in conversations about how to make simple, healthy meals at home is at the heart of the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Garden Café project running at the Snaw-Naw-As Health Centre this fall.The café currently features Chef Sean Wiens, who... Read more


Welcome to VIU!

November 7, 2019

In each issue of VIU Voices, we publish a list of all new, regular employees at VIU. This list recognizes anyone who has received their first regular appointment. Welcome and congratulations to you all - we hope you find your experience enriching and positive. This list is for appointments from September 1, 2019 to November 1, 2019. Mikhail Ivanov, Coordinator, International Recruitment... Read more


People Plan Invitation For Action Bolsters VIU's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Activities

November 6, 2019

In September, VIU announced the institution received a $400,000 grant to address the issues surrounding equity, diversity and inclusion.A driver in applying for the grant was the knowledge that VIU needs to do better in creating a truly inclusive and safe environment in which diversity is valued for the intrinsic benefits it brings to us all.The grant enables VIU to undertake much needed work. It... Read more


It's Worth It

‘It’s Worth It’ Recruitment Campaign Connects Future Students To VIU

November 6, 2019

The Strategic Marketing department is very excited to launch ‘It’s Worth It’, VIU’s Fall 2020 domestic recruitment campaign. Our goal is to connect with prospective students making plans for university studies, let them know all that VIU has to offer, and encourage them to explore and apply to VIU for Fall 2020 studies.A few key things to know about the It’s Worth It recruitment campaign:New,... Read more


VIU Sustainability Week

Sustainability@VIU Spreads Awareness During Sustainability Week

November 6, 2019

By Don Alexander, Chair, Sustainability@VIU and Margot Croft, Administrative Assistant, Environment and SustainabilityThe last week of September was Sustainability Week at VIU. Organized by Sustainability@VIU and the VIU Sustainability Advisory Committee, the week had a variety of activities from a lunch-and-learn to a fashion show and a screening of Just Eat It. A lively lunch-and-learn... Read more


Me Time: Managing Stress and Finding Work-Life Balance

October 25, 2019

HR Corner In our ever changing lives, full of jam-packed schedules and fast approaching deadlines, it is easy to put our Me-Time on the back burner. Homewood Health shares some useful tips on why we need time for ourselves, what’s the cost if we don’t make Me-Time a priority and how we can obtain additional free time for ourselves.Why do we need it?Without quality personal time, not only... Read more


A BIG THANK YOU to the VIU Community for a Very Successful RockVIU

September 25, 2019

Shared on behalf of Omar Karim, Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning (OCCEL)On behalf of Student Affairs and the RockVIU 2019 Organizing Team, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the VIU Faculty/Staff and Students that took time out of their busy day to help with the RockVIU event on August 29th, 2019. What an amazing turnout of students and a big thank you... Read more


Welcoming New Employees

September 14, 2019

Vancouver Island University would like to extend a hearty welcome to all the new employees who have joined us between May, 2019 and August 30, 2019. We hope you enjoy your experience at VIU and encourage you to reach out for help and advice. (If your start-date was after August 30, you will be in the next issue). Adda Besseghieur, Professor, Faculty of Arts and HumanitiesJoy Knudsen,... Read more


HR Corner: Take Control of Stress This Year

September 11, 2019

Brought to you by your Human Resources teamAll areas of VIU become busier at this time of year—with an influx of new students, new class schedules, workloads, coffee lineups—and when things get busy, they can become stressful! We’d like to remind everyone of some ways you can “Take Control of your Stress” through Homewood Health, by helping you recognize when you are becoming stressed... Read more


HR Corner: 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge Starts in October

September 11, 2019

After a successful introduction last fall, the 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge by Mindwell U is set to start again at the beginning of October. Those who have completed the training report a better ability to concentrate, deal with challenges, stay calm and are able to stay more present during their work days. Please read the information below and sign up!This online training is just five... Read more