In the Community

How the Emergency Operations Centre Works

April 16, 2020

When emergencies come knocking at Vancouver Island University’s door, the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is activated to respond and make sure that all aspects of the institution are considered as the situation evolves. Its structure and operations follow best practices outlined by Emergency Management BC. It remains operational until members of the EOC deem that the emergency has been... Read more


Keeping Up Team Morale While Working Remotely

April 16, 2020

As we settle into working remotely, teams across the university are coming up with creative and funny ways to maintain and build important ties and relationships with colleagues. We checked in with a few areas across VIU to find out what they are doing (if you have any other ideas you’d like to share, please let us know at Alyson.Winks@viu.ca). 1. Regular meetings: This might not sound exciting,... Read more


Stronger Minds by BEACON Supports Mental Health Available to All Canadians

April 16, 2020

Stronger Minds by BEACON is a free digital program available to support all Canadians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Stronger Minds participants have access to day-to-day guidance from the extensive BEACON team of clinical psychologists. You are provided with resources that will help you learn how to protect your mental well-being during these turbulent times using videos, quick reads and... Read more


Dr. Deb Saucier, VIU President and Vice-Chancellor

Have Coffee with the President or Share Your Favourite Video on Social

April 16, 2020

The VIU Communications and Public Engagement team has worked with the President's Office to create two new ways for you to connect with colleagues and possibly even get to know people you have never met face-to-face. They were announced in the COVID-19 updates and are listed below. Please consider participating!   1: Coffee with the President: VIU President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Deb Saucier is... Read more


Webinar: How the Pandemic Has Affected Rental Housing Laws

April 16, 2020

The office of Homestay and Off-Campus Housing is offering a free webinar for all VIU students and employees on April 16, Thursday, 3 - 4:30 pm. The webinar will be facilitated by the Public Legal Education Coordinator at Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre (TRAC), focusing on the recent developments in Housing and Tenancies in British Columbia, as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. TRAC is a... Read more


VIU Student Art Exhibit Explores Questions about Diversity and Common Experiences

March 3, 2020

The View Gallery hosts student drawing exhibition, which runs March 5 to April 9. The View Gallery’s latest exhibit, Puzzle: An Exhibition of Student Drawings, asks questions about who we are, how we got here and how we express ourselves. The exhibit focuses on routes   ̶  how we get to our destination or travel through life; and roots  ̶ where we come from and some of the social, cultural and... Read more


Zombies and Shakespeare Collide in VIU Theatre Department's Spring Play

March 3, 2020

Theatre Department presents William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead as its spring production, which opens March 5. To be, or not to be … a zombie? Zombies shuffle through the streets of medieval London as historical characters deal with their own human schemes and woes while trying to avoid becoming one of the undead during the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Theatre Department’s production of ... Read more


VIU Shed Your Threads So Children Can Play

VIU Teams Up With Community Partners to Ensure All Children Can Play

February 19, 2020

Collection boxes have been set up around Nanaimo to gather gently used sports equipment and clothing for a community Swap Meet and Fun Fair that will be held on Saturday, March 21 at VIU to level the playing field for youth. A $12,000 Community Wellness grant from Island Health will help get gently used recreational clothing, runners and sports equipment into the hands of children who otherwise... Read more


Renowned Michif Poet Gregory Scofield to Give VIU Gustafson Lecture and Reading

January 27, 2020

The events on Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13 are free and open to the public. Now, more than ever, people of all generations wonder: can we foster good relationships between people and the Earth, between ourselves? Gregory Scofield says that stories help build exactly that – miyo-wâhkôhtowin ­– good relations. The internationally renowned, Victoria-based poet and storyteller has... Read more


VIU Satyr Players Club Presents Six Shows During One-Act Play Festival

January 20, 2020

Student theatre club premieres never before seen plays during annual festival. The Satyr Players one-act play festival runs the gambit of emotions this year, offering satirical comedy, high-energy slapstick and some serious moments. “There is something for everyone in this year’s one acts. All the plays are very different,” says Ariel Pretty, President of VIU’s Satyr Players Theatre Club. “We... Read more