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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

Zoom fatigue

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

VIU Working Remotely Chronicles: Our Favourite Things

June 8, 2020

June's Working Remotely Chronicles is about our favourite things of working from home. Whether it's a lunch time walk with a furry friend, the view from the home office, or flowers from the garden, our community shows some of the best parts of each day.  Read more

Strategic Plan

Our Community’s Thoughts on VIU’s Strengths

June 8, 2020

By Alison Van Rooy, Senior Advisor for Strategic Planning and Institutional Initiatives In this article, I’d like to give an update to the VIU community about the progress so far in our engagement around The Future We Want to See, the conversation to help VIU craft its new strategic plan. What has happened so far? Since early March, and with thanks to the enthusiasm of the VIU community, some 700... Read more


Welcoming New Employees

June 8, 2020

We are so glad to welcome all VIU employees who have received their first regular appointment since January, 2020. We sincerely hope you are all settling into your roles well and finding VIU to be a fun, supportive place to work.  Gerri McEwen Kristin Smart Ember Cathers Megan Lebeuf Kimberley Switnicki Marissa Smith Wynand Steyn Lidia Surman Cynthia Lange Sanchit... Read more

Strategic Marketing Zoom

Strategic Marketing is here to Help with Summer and Fall Projects

June 8, 2020

By Shari Bishop Bowes, Manager, Strategic Marketing   Hello out there to our colleagues across VIU who continue to work from home! The Strategic Marketing team, like most employees at VIU, has settled into remote work and we just wanted to share a hearty shout-out to you all for embracing this “new reality” and going above and beyond to support our students and each other. The dedication and... Read more

Global Engagement

Global Engagement During a Pandemic

June 8, 2020

Darrell Harvey, VIU’s International Projects and Internationalization Coordinator, has been working some strange hours as of late. He manages VIU’s Global Engagement team and is responsible for VIU’s international co-operation projects in far-flung countries around the world including Kenya, Belize, Tanzania, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. One of the impacts the pandemic has had on his work is... Read more

Nominate a Colleague for the President's Awards

June 8, 2020

There's still time to nominate a deserving colleague or team of colleagues for two sets of VIU recognition awards. Applications for the service excellence awards are due June 15. Deadline for the access and inclusion awards is June 30.  President's Awards for Service Excellence President's Awards for Enhancing Access and Inclusion Read more

HR Corner: Working Remotely Survey, Personal and Professional Wellness

June 8, 2020

On Tuesday afternoon, all VIU employees received an email from Dan VanderSluis, Associate-Vice President, Human Resources about a survey on working remotely. Please be sure to fill out the survey by the deadline - June 30, 2020. The survey is anonymous and each employee received a unique link, so find an email from Dan VanderSluis, which arrived on Tuesday, June 9 at 4:36 pm titled Your Employee... Read more

VIU Donates Critical Health Supplies During COVID-19 Crisis

VIU Donates Critical Health Supplies During Covid-19 Crisis

May 25, 2020

University community puts expertise and resources to work to benefit frontline workers. ­­ As COVID-19 quickly spread around the world and critical health supplies became scarce, Vancouver Island University (VIU) employees have found ways to help protect frontline responders and their colleagues on campus providing essential services.  “Universities have enormous intellectual capacity and the... Read more