VIU Alum Shane Strom uses his knowledge from University to apply it to opening his first business

Alum of the Month: Shane Strom

February 5, 2019

Shane Strom’s entrepreneurial journey began when he enrolled in the Bachelor of Hospitality and Management program at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Shortly after graduating in 2015, Strom created his first start-up, GoCampers, with business partner, Scott Mitchell. GoCampers has converted basic cargo vans and transformed them into stylish and functional mobile hotels for... Read more


VIU Honours Lawyer for Helping Shape Canada's Legal History

January 23, 2019

Marvin Storrow believes that even though something is law doesn’t always mean it is just or right. An accomplished lawyer with 55 years’ experience, Storrow has challenged the law numerous times, and due to his determination and courage he has steered the course of legal history in Canada. Storrow’s legal contribution towards getting formal recognition of Indigenous rights and title... Read more


Alum of the Month: Daniel Gardiner

January 21, 2019

Vancouver Island University (VIU) Bachelor of Business Administration graduate Daniel Gardiner’s hard work has added up to a successful career at an international accounting firm and, recently, a rare accolade – earning a spot on the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s 2018 National Honour Roll. Gardiner, who graduated from VIU in 2016 and is now a Senior Accountant with KPMG Canada in... Read more


Alum of the Month: Denise Tierney, Gem Chang-Kue and Nan Goodship

January 3, 2019

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Visual Art program is the catalyst for a new, all-alumni, collaborative exhibit taking place at the University’s on-campus art gallery, The View Gallery. Denise Tierney (graduated in 2017), Gem Chang-Kue (graduated in 2013) and Nan Goodship (graduated in 2012), who are all now working full-time as artists, met through VIU – Gem befriending both Denise and Nan... Read more


Alum of the Month: Erin Catherall

December 13, 2018

Erin Catherall refuses to choose between science and art. After finishing a Fine Arts degree from the University of British Columbia at 25, she wasn’t sure what to do next. In the end, inspiration came to her from a project she participated in during her fourth year at UBC. Working with a medical student named Samantha whose undergraduate degree combined Visual Arts and Science, Catherall helped... Read more


VIU Alumna Leads Women In Social And Economic Innovation

December 12, 2018

Poised but relaxed with a broad, beaming smile, Sarah Gilks sits in front of an expansive ocean view in her Lantzville home. Brown curls cascade over defined shoulders, showing she clearly lives the values she coaches to the 1,400 women she leads in her lifestyle  program called Healthy Role Models, which she created to transform lives and build a healthy, full-of-possibilities community.... Read more


Alum of the Month: Zoey Poulsen

November 28, 2018

YouTuber, freelance digital marketer and published author Zoey Poulsen (Sport, Health and Physical Education ʾ13) is living la dolce vita in her dream city – Rome, Italy. After graduating from VIU, the 26-year-old moved to Toronto, where she pursued a post-graduate certificate in Sport and Event Marketing from George Brown College. Poulsen spent a few years working in the corporate marketing... Read more


Breaking the Poverty Cycle: The Economic Impact of Post-Secondary Education

November 19, 2018

After a year of planning, Ruby Barclay arrived at Vancouver Island University (VIU) Student Residences from her hometown with two Rubber Maid totes and a duffel bag. “That was it – that was my entire life,” she remembers. “The first day was really, really tough.” While most youth transitioning to post-secondary rely on parents and extended family for support with school, living expenses and... Read more


Alumni of the Month: Peter Wizinsky

November 2, 2018

Meet Peter Wizinsky, Vancouver Island University’s first Bachelor of Science in Math graduate since the new major option came into effect this year. Peter, who will walk across the stage on February 1, 2019, wasted no time transitioning to the workforce after completing his last course in April. He is now Tilray’s Packaging Materials Co-ordinator. Born and raised in Nanaimo, Peter appreciated... Read more


VIU Public Art Promises to Bring Smiles and Inspiration on Rainy Days

August 29, 2018

VIU alumni and faculty use Rainworks to welcome new and returning students  Accessible to all, public art has the power to energize community spaces, promote discussion and debate, and transform the places we work, live, learn and play. Inspired by their mutual love of place making and public art, two Vancouver Island University (VIU) alumni, Lindsay Malbon and Laura Timmermans,... Read more


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