In the Community

VIU Cowichan's Construction Students Give Back to the Community

August 30, 2016

Campus has a long history of fostering community partnerships to give students hands-on experiences Three years ago, for the first time, George Harry put the key in the lock of his new home on Malahat Nation land. This moment was particularly poignant for Harry, who had graduated from the Carpentry Foundation program at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cowichan campus and was a first-year... Read more

Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism and VIU ask Community to Name Their "Most Amazing Place"

August 17, 2016

National project Amazing Places aims to get people to share their favourite places within the island’s Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism and Vancouver Island University (VIU) are asking for residents’ and visitors’ support to shine a light on the incredible experiences they are having within one of the most ecologically significant regions on Vancouver Island –... Read more

VIU Cowichan Conference Focuses on Building More Inclusive Workplaces

July 28, 2016

Sharing Information – Building Connections event explored issues facing Aboriginal Canadians in the cross-cultural workplace As MaryDawn MacWatt listened to the discussions taking place during a conference aimed at improving Indigenous experiences in the workplace, she began to feel like some magical force was at work, stitching together what participants had to say into a beautiful blanket of... Read more

VIU's MABRRI Celebrating Second Anniversary

July 22, 2016

VIU’s Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) is inviting the public to come celebrate at Rathtrevor Beach, July 29 Staff and students who work at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) are breaking out the lawn chairs and Frisbees to celebrate the institute’s second anniversary, July 29, and they want everyone to... Read more

Dana Collette and David Livingstone work to introduce Legal Studies Certificate program at VIU

June 29, 2016

Living in today’s global community requires knowledge of legal issues at home and abroad, as well as an understanding of one’s legal rights and responsibilities. Workplaces are increasingly regulated environments with law applicable to nearly every occupation. Realizing the growing number of students who desire and need legal education tools, VIU business law professor Dana Collette and Dr. David... Read more

VIU Students Called to King Arthur Court

June 20, 2016

VIU’s Centre for Community Outreach and Care launches year-long project to address quality of life issues at housing complex in Harewood NANAIMO, BC: What started as a conversation between Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Centre for Community Outreach and Care coordinator Ashleigh Martinflatt and King Arthur Court property manager Fred Williams, has led to the development of a year-long... Read more

VIU Celebrates Pride Week

June 10, 2016

University’s Positive Space Alliance is creating an annual bursary and participating in the Nanaimo Pride Parade Vancouver Island University (VIU)’s Positive Space Alliance (PSA) is celebrating Pride Week by fundraising for an annual bursary for those raising awareness of diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as a presence in the city’s first-ever Pride Parade. After... Read more

Mid Island Co-op Helps Renew VIU's Malaspina Theatre

June 9, 2016

Generous donation from Mid Island Co-op will replace an entire row of seats in the aging theatre A $10,000 donation from Mid Island Co-op will help prepare Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Malaspina Theatre for the next act. The theatre turns 40 this year, and after four decades and thousands of community and student performances, rehearsals and events, the seats have seen better days. Mid... Read more

Courtenay Residents Called on to Contribute to VIU's 'Where is Here?'

June 2, 2016

Public invited to ‘get on the map’ in unique project exploring Courtenay’s downtown Which location in downtown Courtenay, Port Alberni or Nanaimo makes you feel most connected to your community? That’s a question a team of Vancouver Island University (VIU) masters and undergraduate student researchers are asking members of the public as part of a community mapping project called ‘Where is Here?’... Read more

VIU Students and Staff Encouraged to Make a Shift for Bike to Work Week

May 17, 2016

University is helping to plan the annual event, which aims to get more people onto two wheels instead of four Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) sustainability office is gearing up for Bike to Work Week in Nanaimo (May 30 - June 5) with free coffee and snacks for VIU riders, and a Celebration Station cheering on commuters in the University District. VIU students and staff have participated in... Read more