In the Community

Syrian Refugees Find Welcoming Community at VIU Cowichan

January 19, 2018

Baraa Mohammed and Fanar Sheikh Zein are taking adult upgrading courses at the campus A Syrian couple who spent four years living at a residential complex for refugees in northern Iraq are finding a welcoming new community at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cowichan Campus. Baraa Mohammed and Fanar Sheikh Zein, Kurdish Syrians from Qamishli, in the northern part of the country, came to... Read more

VIU Community Members Gather To Make Placards for Women's March

January 19, 2018

VIU is honoured to be a sponsor of Nanaimo Women March On  Members of the Vancouver Island University (VIU) community gathered Thursday, January 18 to make placards for the approaching Nanaimo Women March On event. The March is Saturday, January 20 from 10 am to noon. Participants are asked to meet at Diana Krall Plaza at 10 am and then march to Maffeo Sutton Park. People are also welcome... Read more

Mental Health Awareness Initiative Launched at VIU Cowichan

January 17, 2018

The Friendship Bench aims to stimulate conversations and encourage student-to-student connections An educational experience at Vancouver Island University (VIU) changed Adaline Russell’s outlook on life. In 2008, Russell was severely depressed when she joined a handful of other students at the first Clemente Course offered at VIU – a rigorous, university-level course that offers a doorway into... Read more

Elder Bonnie Jones and Graham Sakaki, MABRRI Research and Community Engagement Coordinator, plant seedlings in the Garden of Spiritual Healing at the Snaw-Naw-As Health Centre.

Project Between VIU and Snaw-Naw-As Preserves Traditional Plant Knowledge

January 16, 2018

Garden of Spiritual Healing connects Snaw-Naw-As Community Members A Garden of Spiritual Healing is taking root at the Snaw-Naw-As Community Health Centre thanks to a partnership between the First Nation and Vancouver Island University (VIU). VIU’s Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) representatives met with the Snaw-Naw-As Community Garden Committee to develop a... Read more

VIU Community Honours 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

December 19, 2017

Vancouver Island University Faculty Association, VIUSU and ResTide spearheaded events on Nanaimo campus Hanging a shirt with an anti-violence message, donating a warm coat or lighting a candle to remember a victim of gender-based violence may be small gestures, but these actions can cause powerful ripple effects in communities. These gestures can lead someone to step up and become involved in a... Read more

World VIU Days Celebrates What Connects Us

October 31, 2017

Week of activities showcases global citizenship through discussion, film, music and food NANAIMO, BC: Each year, Vancouver Island University (VIU) benefits from a strong and growing international student body, and this year is no exception – 2,300 students are currently enrolled from more than 90 countries. International students enrich campus life by sharing their culture and values with each... Read more

Open Hearts and a New Home: From Syria and Somalia to Nanaimo

October 17, 2017

VIU students help two refugees achieve education dreams VIU NEWS RELEASE: 2017/316 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 NANAIMO, BC: The first time Rahma Hussein and Hassan Al Nabilsi heard of Nanaimo, British Columbia, was when they were informed that they would be going to Vancouver Island University (VIU). Both students are refugees, who were living a world away when they... Read more

Prison Inmates Perform Play Directed by VIU Theatre Prof

October 11, 2017

Eliza Gardiner, along with theatre and criminology student volunteers, are working with the inmate-run William Head on Stage Theatre Society to produce a play for the public Male offenders incarcerated at William Head Institution are breaking down stereotypes and connecting with community through the act of producing an annual play – this year with the help of Vancouver Island University (VIU)... Read more

VIU Appoints United Way Employee Giving Campaign Associate for 2017

September 19, 2017

Vancouver Island University is proud to enter a second decade of partnership with United Way by appointing our 11th Campaign Associate to coordinate VIU’s annual Employee Giving Campaign and to assist United Way during their busiest campaign season. In 2016, VIU staff contributed more than $40,000 across our three campuses and the Parksville-Qualicum Centre. This total was a record-breaking 12%... Read more

VIU Forges Relationships With Sanala Residents and Neighbours

July 27, 2017

University staff host outreach event at Sanala, formerly King Arthur Court, to raise awareness about the Canada Learning Bond and VIU’s Tuition Waiver Program Vancouver Island University (VIU) staff is raising awareness about two programs that make post-secondary education more accessible and affordable. Ruby Barclay, VIU’s Peer Support Navigator for the Tuition Waiver Program, and Rolanda Murray... Read more