Alumni of the Month: Liam Ross Gibson

June 6, 2018

Growing up in Nanaimo, Liam Ross Gibson (Diploma in Jazz Studies ’10) had his passion for music fuelled by a summer jazz program that VIU faculty ran at the time. He has followed his passion all the way to graduate school, completing a master’s degree in composition from the University of Manitoba earlier this year. He recently settled back on Vancouver Island, and a piece of music he composed is... Read more


Alumni of the Month: Dr. Rosendo Da Costa

May 7, 2018

When Dr. Rosendo Da Costa moved to Canada from India at the young age of 16 to study at VIU, culture shock took a heavy toll. At first, his grades suffered as he struggled to adjust to life in a very different country from where he grew up, but Da Costa found a welcoming, supportive environment at Vancouver Island University (VIU). After graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts, Major in... Read more


Alumni of the Month: Denise Tierney and Ruben Galdames

March 22, 2018

Two VIU alumni – mixed-media artist Denise Tierney (Bachelor of Arts ’17, Visual Arts major) and sculptor Ruben Galdames (Visual Arts) have teamed up to put on a show together at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery. Opening on Saturday, March 24 at 7 pm, Immortal Narratives reflects the artists’ common desire to translate stories of the human condition. Tierney and Galdames borrow from personal... Read more


VIU Graduate Reaches Unreachable With Unique Program

January 25, 2018

  Horses help in healing old wounds No amount of talking or medication can heal some wounds. It’s when people discover this that they tend to find Anastasia Hirst and Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW).     Hirst enrolled in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Child and Youth Care program so she could continue her work in EFW. When she graduated, she was already employed... Read more


Alum of the Month: Kim Clark

January 22, 2018

When Kim Clark returned to school at Vancouver Island University (VIU), she had been diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis and was dealing with four kids at home, an (almost) terminally ill husband and a disintegrating marriage. She says her time in VIU’s Creative Writing program helped to energize her and credits her professors with giving her the consideration and confidence to keep... Read more


Alumni Indigenous Artists' Work on Display at View Gallery

September 12, 2017

Show explores identity of three major Indigenous language groups on Vancouver Island Vancouver Island University is pleased to host TimberWest’s First Nation Cultural Art Showcase Program at the View Gallery on the Nanaimo campus in building 330. The program recognizes and supports three First Nation artists representing their major language group on Vancouver Island. The artists were... Read more


From Myanmar with Love: VIU Alum Takes Her Degree on the Road

July 31, 2017

Shantel Beute’s year of travel and training opportunities started with a VIU Global Studies internship Vancouver Island University (VIU) alumnus Shantel Beute has travelled around the world following her passions this year. Beute has sat in Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson’s seat in Parliament, studied rural women’s groups in Belize and she’s now in Myanmar working as a gender advisor for a... Read more


From Struggling Student to Empowered Change Maker

July 26, 2017

How Tasha Brooks found her passion through VIU’s MBA Program and is making a difference in her community Ten years ago, Tasha Brooks found herself begging Santa Claus for a C+ in accounting so she could continue in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Bachelor of Business Administration program. Fast forward to today, and Brooks has just finished her dual Master of Business Administration and... Read more


Shaping a Career Out of Making People Feel Beautiful: VIU Esthetics Grads Speak Out

June 28, 2017

Employment prospects look good for graduates of the eight-month Professional Esthetics program, held at VIU’s Parksville-Qualicum campus After spending her 20s working as a bartender, Lindsay Jacobson was tired of the late nights and ready to find her forever career. The 34-year-old had taken a makeup course when she was 19 and loved the creativity and freedom of the profession, so she decided to... Read more


VIU Power Engineering Grads Nab Top Spots in National Competition

June 28, 2017

Tim Ryper and Fred Hillyer took first and third place in PanGlobal Training Systems’ 2017 Student Achievement Awards Two former Vancouver Island University (VIU) Power Engineering students are not only top of their class – they have surged to the top of the list in Canada as well. Tim Ryper and Fred Hillyer won first and third place respectively in the national Power Engineering Outstanding... Read more


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