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Citizen Scientists Asked to Look for Plants and Animals during Annual MABR BioBlitz

April 1, 2022

Event participants can make observations anywhere within the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region, whether that’s in their backyard or a community park. People can channel their inner scientist by participating in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region’s (MABR’s) annual BioBlitz event. The MABR BioBlitz, which runs from April 8-10, relies on citizen scientists to collect information on flora and... Read more


Trauma-Informed Leadership at VIU

March 31, 2022

“A compassionate and trauma-informed approach to leadership is essential for creating healthy workplace cultures.” Achieve Centre for Leadership VIU acknowledges the prevalence of trauma in our world and the impact on people we interact with, including team members, colleagues, and students. It is our aim to promote workplace environments, across all campuses, that support the well-being of all... Read more

Fall 2021: The semester in photos

December 20, 2021

After 20 months away, our students and employees came back to our campuses and locations. They gathered, held events, and marked important occasions together. This photo album provides a look-back at the semester as it was. Most photos were taken by members of the Communications team: Jenn McGarrigle, Rachel Stern, and Eric Zimmer.   Read more

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VIU 2021: 'Twas the Week Before Christmas

December 20, 2021

by Rose von Schilling, Program Assistant, Health Care Assistant Program 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 (I hope)  'Twas the week before Christmas And all through the halls Not a creature was stirring Not a sound in these walls   They tear down the drive-thru... Read more


Employee Smiles: The last bunch of 2021

December 20, 2021

Thank you to everyone who has taken a moment to submit a smile for a colleague (or group of colleagues) throughout 2021. We couldn't leave the year behind without sharing the last bunch of submissions. We cannot wait to share all your kudos in 2022.  To Marg Purslow - I just went through my emails and realized how very, very patient she is. She's always helpful but she also has answered the same... Read more

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Healthy Living in 2022

December 20, 2021

Healthy living means making positive choices that enhance your well-being across all the dimensions of wellness: physical, nutritional, intellectual, social & community, mental & emotional, and spiritual. VIU supports your well-being through a wide variety of resources available to you and your family. First up, consider your mental and emotional well-being as you move into 2022. Start... Read more

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VIU Media Highlights: November 30 - December 13, 2021

December 13, 2021

A bi-weekly roundup of VIU students and employees in the news. Note: This will be the last edition of 2021 - look for media highlights again in January 2022!  Top 10 News Stories Nanaimo News Bulletin: BC man who struggled with substance use, crime seeks to end drug addiction stigma. Features story on Christopher Lamoureux who is about to become a student at VIU. Picked up by multiple Black... Read more

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16 Days Campaign Calls on Community Members to Speak Up on Gender-Based Violence

November 24, 2021

Orange lights will shine in VIU’s Nanaimo campus quad to encourage people to unite against gender-based violence. The Vancouver Island University Faculty Association (VIUFA) Status of Women Committee is asking individuals and organizations on Vancouver Island to call out, speak up and reflect on immediate actions they can take to end gender-based violence during the 16 Days of Activism Against... Read more


The World-Record Holder Among Us

November 11, 2021

By Aly Winks Vancouver Island University is home to a world-record holder. This is not one of the records that only people who love the Guinness Book of World Records cares about. It’s not for the longest moustache or the most Simpsons tattoos. Margot Croft holds the world record for her age and weight class for the deadlift. What does this mean? That she can deadlift more weight than any other... Read more