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Wellness and Benefits Corner

March 18, 2019

Creating a Healthy WorkplaceBy Dana Swarts, Employee Benefits CoordinatorThe April edition of Life Lines from Homewood Health is all about Creating a Healthy Workplace, which includes information and strategies on how we, as employees can contribute to the creation of a healthy work environment. The article explains how reducing and managing stress, staying active, and being part of an inclusive... Read more

VIU Global Citizens Week

Sharing Immigrant Women's Stories Through a Pair of Shoes

January 28, 2019

VIU’s Global Citizens Week aims to start conversation about newcomer experiences On the first day of school, a girl noticed all the students in the courtyard were crying. As her father kissed her goodbye, she realized this would be the last time she would see him – and so, she became another girl crying in the school yard. As she walked into the classroom, a teacher gave her a pair of plastic... Read more

Recognizing the Power of Place Names in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region

January 17, 2019

Long before British Captain George Henry Richards named Mount Arrowsmith in the late 1800s, the largest mountain on southern Vancouver Island had many distinctive titles given to it, depending which side the 1,819 metre peak was viewed from. In 2000, the Arrowsmith moniker was used in the designation of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR), a UNESCO recognized biosphere reserve. ... Read more

VIU info session for employees who have children looking at post-secondary education

January 9, 2019

Are you a Vancouver Island University employee? Have a child who is ready to look at their post-secondary education options? If so, join VIU Recruitment Officer Dylan Ewen for a lunchtime information session to learn how to support your child in becoming a VIU student. Feel free to bring your prospective student along! Take-home materials will be provided. Lunch not included. I work here... Read more

The Results of our What's in a Name? Contest!

December 20, 2018

By Aly Winks The first issue of the enewsletter went out just under a month ago, and I was thrilled with the engagement we saw. It seems we may be finding a way to fill a need. I also announced the naming contest, and in this issue, I have shared the results, but before we get to that, I need to take a moment to give a nod to all the hard work that goes into creating something like this. ... Read more

Welcoming New Employees

December 20, 2018

Welcome to the newest regular VIU employees! Patrick Brouder, Professor, Faculty of Management Tarra Tipton, Campus Services Clerk, Powell River Campus Wilma Zaal Delongchamp, Instructor Faculty of Health & Human Services Brittany Parker, Manager Office of Student Affairs, Student Affairs Luke McLeod, Librarian, Provost & Vice-President Academic Meara Kimball, Learning... Read more


December 20, 2018

Please send us the great career accomplishments of you, your colleagues or your team! Congratulation to Dr. Merv Jefferies for the recent completion of his PhD! His dissertation is titled "The impact of surf toursim on the community of Tofino". He completed it through the Geography Department at the University of Victoria, and his lead supervisor was Dr. Rick Rollins, VIU Professor Emeritus.... Read more

Keeping a Good Thing Going on the Communications and Public Engagement Team

December 20, 2018

We are saying “goodbye for now” to Janina Stajic, VIU's Director of Communications and Public Engagement, who is taking a one-year leave through the University's deferred salary plan. In her place, we are pleased to welcome back Dan Hurley who is leading the Communications and Public Engagement team until Janina returns. Some of you may remember Dan from when he led VIU’s University Relations... Read more

VIU Wins Perry Shawana Award

December 20, 2018

By Aly Winks For the first time in its thirteen-year history, the Perry Shawana Award from the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) was given to an institution. Vancouver Island University shared the award with long-time Aboriginal child advocate Mabel Louie. The Perry Shawana Award goes to an individual or, in this case, institution, “who, through volunteerism, advocacy, policy-making, or... Read more

Leave for Change Grant Helps Tracy Vandermolen Develop Professional Skills and Build Lasting Relationships

December 20, 2018

In March 2018, VIU's Tracy Vandermolen, Administrative Assistant, Intercultural and Group Programs, applied for a Leave for Change grant through the Global Engagement Grants program for VIU employees provided through the Faculty of International Education. Her application was successful and eight months later, she landed in Hanoi, Vietnam to complete a three-week volunteer placement with... Read more