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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



December 18, 2020

Let's celebrate our accomplishments! Send us your career milestones, accolades, awards and educational achievements. If you know of a bashful colleague who has something to celebrate, send it to us at  We want to begin by acknowledging all 32 recipients of the President's and Provost's Awards for Excellence, which took place virtually on Friday, December 4. We are so proud of... Read more


HR Corner: How is my Pay Determined?

December 16, 2020

An exploration of factors that govern pay range decisions, with Patricia Elliott. Have you ever wondered just how your rate of pay is decided? Why one role is paid at a certain rate while others are at a different rate? Strap in and we’ll explore the topic of determining pay ranges in this edition of HR Corner. Patricia Elliott is VIU’s Employee Relations Director and in this role, she is... Read more

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16 Days of Activism Campaign Aims to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence

November 20, 2020

Vancouver Island University organizations spreading awareness to help create a future free from gender-based violence. Orange the world – it’s the message being spread during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. The campaign begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and runs until December 10, World Human Rights Day.... Read more

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VIU Professors Examine the Social Impacts of Wearing Masks

November 6, 2020

Expert Commentary: As the number of businesses and organizations implementing mask-wearing policies and guidelines increases, we were curious about some of the effects of this new way of interacting with one another. Dr. Lindsay McCunn, a VIU Psychology Professor, and Maureen O’Connor, a VIU Bachelor of Science in Nursing Professor, share some thoughts. Wearing a mask is one way to minimize the... Read more


#VIUSpidey Brings Halloween and Happiness to Quiet Campus

October 28, 2020

Any little thing that can lift spirits and help people feel connected is important right now. That belief was the driving force behind the 12-foot spider in its web that is currently perched on top of Building 120 at the bottom of the Nanaimo Campus, just off Fourth Street. It is a labour of love, done entirely by volunteers in Facilities Services and Campus Development who donated their time and... Read more

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Women’s History Month at VIU

October 28, 2020

When it comes to Women’s History Month, VIU has a lot to celebrate as well as a lot to reflect on. The accomplishments of women are everywhere around the institution. From senior leadership in administration, across the academy, throughout all offices and initiatives, as more than half the employee population, women play a major role.   President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr Deb Saucier, newly... Read more

Dr. Eve Stringham, Dean, Science and Technology

Q&A with Dr. Eve Stringham, Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology

October 28, 2020

Dr. Eve Stringham joined Vancouver Island University as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology on June 1, 2020. Despite having little access to VIU’s campuses and facilities, she has grasped the reigns of her faculty with enthusiasm, vision and empathy as she leads her faculty members and employees through paths unknown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tell us a little bit about yourself and... Read more

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October 19, 2020

We are so happy to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our colleagues! If you have something you want us to share, please send your items to Check out the list for this issue below.  Forestry Students A team of students from VIU's two-year Forestry Diploma program won the Student Quiz Bowl competition at the Canadian Institute of Forestry's (CIF) Annual General Meeting.... Read more

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Back by Popular Demand: Work Well-being Practices

October 1, 2020

This time of year is traditionally busy at VIU, throw a pandemic in the mix and it can get overwhelming quickly. With that in mind, we wanted to remind everyone about the work-related well-being practices the Human Resources Department shared in the summer. While it can be hard to stick to these guidelines, we encourage everyone to do their best and help mitigate Zoom-fatigue and email overload.... Read more