In the Community


Navigating the Pandemic with Resiliency, Resources, Flexibility and a Sense of Purpose

April 29, 2021

By Dan VanderSluis, Associate Vice-President, Human Resources I recently gave a presentation to an external audience of managers, leaders and HR and Health and Safety professionals on the topic of resiliency in the face of adversity. When I reflect on the last 13 months at VIU I consider the stories and experiences that we could gather as a testament to the resiliency of all of you across the... Read more


Hiccups and Hope: Returning to Campus After Months Away

April 29, 2021

By Alyson Winks, Internal Communications Advisor  The Tuesday morning after September 2020 long weekend was a busy one. For the first time in six months, three of the four members of my family were scheduled to be somewhere by a certain time. Lunches required packing, breakfasts had to be eaten, electric bike batteries fully charged. The old familiar scene had me feeling edgy and not at all... Read more

Mandy Hobkirk uses an identification book while examining plants at VIU's Nanaimo Campus.

BioBlitz Event Provides a Snapshot of Plant and Animal Biodiversity

April 7, 2021

Participants will use the iNaturalist app for this year’s modified Biosphere-wide Blitz, which collects data that is used to inform policies on the management of sensitive ecosystems and habitat. The Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR) is hosting its first Biosphere-wide Blitz and is asking people to become citizen scientists for the day to identify flora and fauna by using the iNaturalist... Read more

Irlanda Gonzalez-Price, Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs

Student Affairs shows its Compassion during Pandemic

February 26, 2021

It would be an understatement to suggest that the pandemic has presented unique challenges for Student Affairs. Characterized by providing high-touch services to students with a variety of needs, the department has seen the worst of what the pandemic has had to offered, and in many cases, brought out the best of what VIU aspires to be – kind, considerate, adaptable, committed to our students. The... Read more

Complete List: Long Service Honourees for 2020

February 26, 2021

This year, we are celebrating our 2020 long service honourees a bit differently than in years past. As we aren’t able to have a reception (or coconut prawns) at this time, we are recognizing all 116 employees in this edition of VIU Voices. These employees have all dedicated 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 45 years of their careers to the institution. We will, when possible, celebrate them in person... Read more

Josephine Chong Celebrates 35 years of Dedicated Service to VIU

February 26, 2021

Josephine Chong has been an important member of the VIU community for 35 years. Hers is a familiar face to anyone who visits the Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology, and the Culinary Arts department in particular. She supports students and employees as a program assistant whose love for students is matched only by her love for food. Although it seems hard to believe now, she did not start at... Read more


What is Talent Acquisition and What Does it Have in Common with a Popular 80s Sitcom?

February 25, 2021

By Debra Jacklin, Manager of Talent Acquisition, Development and Retention Strategies, long-time employee, former VIU (Malaspina) student (dates not available) VIU’s office of Talent Acquisition is home to one of the longest job titles on campus: Manager of Talent Acquisition, Development and Retention Strategies (does this even fit on a business card? wait, what is a business card?)! Here, we’ll... Read more

: Dr. Yoichi Mukai, a VIU Modern Language Studies Professor; Dr. Kelly Black, a VIU Adjunct History Professor;  Dr. Joy Gugeler, a VIU Creative Writing, Journalism and Media Studies Professor, and Stephanie Johnson, a member of School District 68

VIU Faculty Create Understanding Through Colloquium Lectures

January 14, 2021

People can attend the Colloquium Series lectures from the comfort of their own homes this spring and gain an appreciation of how important the arts and humanities are to understanding today’s world. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series returns this spring with a thought-provoking lecture lineup that delves into the intricacies of language; re-evaluates... Read more


T’was the Week Before Christmas (VIU Version)

December 22, 2020

By Rose von Schilling, Program Assistant Adapted extensively from “A Visit From St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore Public domain, intended for private entertainment only, so not covered by copyright protection   T’was the week before Christmas And all through the halls Not a creature was stirring But they weren’t at the malls They’ve built a drive-thru On our parking lot More bunnies are... Read more

VIU Working Remotely Chronicles: Holiday Edition

December 18, 2020

As we head into our semester break, we thought it would be a nice time to share some of our favourite winter holiday traditions, moments and wishes. We know this season looks different than in years past but, however you celebrate, we wish you a restful and relaxing break, filled with joy and fun. Note: These are presented in a randomly drawn order. To see the full images, please click on them.  Read more