Our Alumni

Mentors are everything to award-winning Nanaimo entrepreneur

February 15, 2016

Trevor Styan (Welding ’04) isn’t the kind of boss who shows up on his company’s remote, northern BC work site wearing awhite hard hat and shiny steel-toed boots fresh out of the box. He’s not there for a quick check-in, with handshakes and a pep-talk for the work crew tasked with completing a complex infrastructure build for the province’s energy sector. It’s just not his style. Instead, the 29-... Read more

VIU Child And Youth Care Alumni Share Experiences At 2nd Annual Meet And Greet

February 2, 2016

It was set up like an evening of speed dating. At first the almost 100 people attending milled around not sure where to go - but Child and Youth Care Alumni Meet and Greet organizer, Sara Marshall, eventually managed to get everyone into groups and on their way. The Jan. 28 event brought current Vancouver Island University (VIU) students, high school students and members of the public together to... Read more

VIU Child and Youth Care Alumni to Share Career Stories Jan. 27

January 21, 2016

As a fourth year student in the Child and Youth Care (CYC) degree program at Vancouver Island University (VIU), Sara Marshall has heard the same question more than a few times. “A lot of people have asked me if I’m going to work in a daycare,” she says. And while that’s certainly one of the options for graduates, Marshall usually continues her answer with a long list of possible careers for child... Read more

VIU Tuition Waiver Grad Launches Career as Child Protection Officer

July 6, 2015

Life has come full circle for Jordanna Southall, who graduated in June from Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program. One of the first students to enroll at VIU under the Youth in Care Tuition Waiver program nearly two years ago, Southall has secured a job as a child protection officer with the Ministry of Children and Family Development in Campbell River, BC... Read more

VIU Grad Leaves Legacy Related to Food Security and Sustainability

April 30, 2015

Celia White is taking her passion for sustainability and food security to the provincial and national level. White’s term as Healthy Communities Coordinator at Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Nanaimo ended in April but she’s beginning a new job with The Meal Exchange, a national youth led non-profit organization based in Toronto. “I’m applying for grant money to create a western branch in... Read more

VIU Alumni Can Save On Insurance With New Partnerships

February 20, 2015

Alumni from Vancouver Island University (VIU) can save on their insurance with two new affinity partnerships announced this month. The VIU Alumni Association has partnered with Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services and Canadian Direct Insurance to provide all alumni with savings on a wide range of insurance products. Life insurance, critical illness insurance, health and dental... Read more

VIU Grad Advises Students to 'Step Out of Comfort Zone' and Study Overseas

February 13, 2015

Be courageous and step out of your comfort zone. That’s Emily Hannah’s advice to high school and post-secondary students after she completed a three-month Global Studies internship in Belize as part of her Bachelor of Arts degree program at Vancouver Island University (VIU). The overseas internship was a “highlight” of her undergraduate degree, says Hannah, who graduated with double majors in... Read more

VIU Grad Nominated for 'Most Prestigious Innovation Award in Canada'

January 23, 2015

Vancouver Island University graduate Breanne Quist is in the running for a prestigious national honour – the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award. Quist has been nominated for her work creating The Privacy Compass (www.privacycompass.ca ), a website designed to help BC teachers, parents, and schools navigate privacy issues when selecting and using learning management systems and social media tools... Read more

VIU Bachelor of Arts grad receives $17K research award

August 12, 2014

Vancouver Island University (VIU) graduate Elizabeth Bassett plans to take a fresh look at a classic Victorian novel when she begins her Master of Arts degree at the University of Victoria in September. The Nanaimo resident, who graduated in June with a Bachelor of Arts degree with an English major and Psychology minor, will begin the next phase of her studies not only excited to continue a... Read more

VIU Honours 300 Grads in Trades and Applied Technology Programs

June 20, 2014

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is awarding credentials to approximately 300 graduates in the Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology this month, with 175 of the graduates honoured at a convocation ceremony at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre Friday, June 20. “We’re very proud of our graduates, each and every one of whom has shown they have the aptitude, attitude, determination and hands-on skills to... Read more