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


Alumni of the Month: Slava Govorov

August 23, 2018

Slava Govorov (Business Administration Diploma ’14) has made good use of his VIU education. As owner of the Fourth Street Panago location (he’s opening a second location in Ladysmith soon) and a local development company, Slava is grateful for the community he lives and does business in. He gives back every chance he gets – for example, he’s a generous supporter of both the VIU Mariners and... Read more


VIU Global Studies Graduates Make A Difference

August 16, 2018

Five VIU Global Studies graduates and former VIU Professor Dr. Catherine Schittecatte gathered this summer to share about life after university.  After graduating from Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Global Studies (GLST) program, Richard Kulesza wentonto complete his law degree at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie and is nowa Policy Analyst for the... Read more


Alumni of the Month: Ebrahim Lababidi

July 12, 2018

After graduating from VIU in 2016 with a double major in History and Political Studies, Ebrahim Lababidi rushed home to Beirut, Lebanon, for a quick visit with family before starting his master’s degree at the University of Toronto’s (U of T’s) Munk School of Global Affairs. While in that program he had some incredible experiences, including an internship with UNICEF Canada. Ebrahim was happy to... Read more


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