September 13, 2019 - 10:00am

Vancouver Island University encourages its people to challenge themselves. To seek new heights in their careers and education, to critically question our world, conduct unique, impactful research. When our people reach these milestones, we want to celebrate with them. If you know of anyone, yourself included, who has recently reached a new milestone in his or her career, please share it with us so we can recognize them. 

Today, we recognize:

  • Dr. Jean Maltesen, Associate Vice-President, MARCOMM for the completion of her PhD through University of British Columbia. Her research is titled What Characteristics Account for Who Participates in Adult Basic Education At Vancouver Island University: A Case of Policy and Practice.
  • Dr. Merv Jefferies, Professor, Hospitality, Faculty of Management, for the completion of his PhD through the University of Victoria. His research is titled The Impact of Surf Tourism on the Community of Tofino.
  • Dr. Linda Derksen, Chair of the Universal Access Committee and Sociology Professor and Mary Stasiuk, Disability Services Access Specialist, recipients of VIU's inaugural Access and Inclusion award for their tireless work in making VIU a more inclusive for all people, regardless of race, colour, creed, gender or ability.
  • Dr. Graham Pike, Honorary Research Associate in the Faculty of Education and former Dean of International Education has been named the 2019 Distinguished Global Scholar by the International Assembly, an affiliate National Council of Social Studies. This award is only given every two to three years. 

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