In the Community

VIU's GivingTuesday Campaign Raises Money to Support Students in Need

November 22, 2016

Donors invited to make a difference in the lives of students with a gift to a program or faculty of their choice on November 29 The puck is set to drop on Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) 2016 GivingTuesday Campaign, which raises money in support of students. After a record-breaking campaign that raised more than $175,000 in 2015, the 2016 GivingTuesday Campaign will take place on November... Read more

Vancouver Island University Launches Regional Partnership Aimed at Reducing Child Poverty on the Island

November 21, 2016

Local governments and community groups to help spread the word about the Canada Learning Bond and the BC Training and Education Savings Grant Ashley Tom’s two daughters are still in elementary school, but they each already have money earning interest in the bank to put towards their post-secondary educations. Tom, 27, is taking upgrading courses at Vancouver Island University (VIU) and Tillicum... Read more

VIU Celebrates the Raising of a Third Totem Pole at Shq'apthut, the University's Aboriginal Gathering Place

November 15, 2016

Hundreds came out to a special ceremony honouring the third pole, which represents the Kwakwaka’wakw Territories  NANAIMO, BC: Three majestic totem poles representing the three major language groups on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast now stand tall at Shq’apthut, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Aboriginal Gathering Place. The third pole, representing the Kwakwaka’wakw... Read more

Students from The High School at VIU Pay Tribute to First Nations Soldiers

November 8, 2016

Grade 11 Social Studies pupils present VIU Remembrance Day ceremony As Remembrance Day nears, a group of students from The High School at Vancouver Island University (VIU) are honouring those fallen in warfare and highlighting the contributions of First Nations soldiers. On Monday, Nov.7, Violet Elliott of the Snuneymuxw First Nation was at The High School (THS), teaching Grade 11 Social Studies... Read more

VIU Hosts Reconciliation Workshops This Fall and Spring

November 1, 2016

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise explores the history of Canada from an Indigenous perspective Imagine you are living on the land, as your ancestors did for many thousands of years before you, hunting, fishing and farming. Your community has its own language, culture, traditions and laws governing your existence. Then an outside group arrives. At first, there is lots of cooperation and support between... Read more

Canadian Celebrities Read War Letters for VIU's National Online Archive Project

October 28, 2016

Audio recordings a new addition to the University’s Canadian Letters and Images Project "My Dearest Flo, Just a line to tell you Poor old Bert is killed.” So begins one of the letters that Sheila McCarthy, an acclaimed Canadian stage, film and television actress, reads out for Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Canadian Letters and Images Project – an online archive of letters and images... Read more

New Student Refugee Award Kicks Off WorldVIU Days

October 27, 2016

The VIU International Refugee Newcomer Award launches at the annual event, which celebrates the University’s cultural diversity This year’s WorldVIU Days will kick off with the launch of a new Vancouver Island University (VIU) award to help refugees pursue higher education. The VIU International Refugee Newcomer Award will support newcomers to the mid-Vancouver Island region who have arrived as... Read more

VIU's Malaspina Theatre Looking for Participants for 24-Hour Playwriting Competition

October 20, 2016

Competition, which takes place November 18-20, requires teams to come up with a short play over the course of a weekend Calling all budding playwrights! The Malaspina Theatre at Vancouver Island University (VIU) is looking for people to enter the theatre’s inaugural 24-Hour Playwriting Competition, happening November 18 - 20. “We’re looking for absolutely anyone with a desire to try something... Read more

VIU Hosts Women in Trades Event to Encourage More Women to Consider Trades Careers

October 13, 2016

October 19 event is a partnership between industry, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools and VIU Carla Smith has worked in the construction industry for the past 20 years and not regretted a minute of it. Smith, who is president of CMF Construction Ltd., a general contractor, loves the complexity of the jobs her company works on – not only are they creating something new and useful, but they’re also... Read more

VIU International Students Hit CHLY's Airwaves to Assist Crime Stoppers

October 13, 2016

Nanaimo Crime Stoppers has partnered with VIU International and CHLY 101.7 to get their messages out to different language groups The microphone is live and Vancouver Island University (VIU) international student Wei (Edwin) Song from Beijing confidently leans in to voice a Crime Stoppers message in his native Mandarin.  He is one of four students who came together to assist Crime Stoppers... Read more