VIU student Eric Evans path to education and journey of healing

Rewriting The Story You Are Born Into

July 10, 2019

We don’t get to choose the life we begin with. Some of us are born into privilege while others are not. One opportunity or disadvantage can vastly change our entire life story. “At the orchard I work at, my boss’s son has dyslexia and his mother fought tirelessly for him to ensure he got the proper supports in school,” says Eric Evans. “I wonder sometimes how my life would be different if I had... Read more


Kerri Gwilt upgrades her courses at VIU in order to pursue her long-term goal of becoming a nurse.

Changing Lives Through Education

July 9, 2019

Vancouver Island University’s Adult Basic Education program is supporting students to pursue their dreams.  “Everyone who is here has struggled at some point and this is our second chance to build a better life,” says Julianne McCullough, Adult Basic Education (ABE) student at Vancouver Island University (VIU).  [[{"fid":"2900","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default... Read more


Kimberley Barrett, VIU Bachelor of Science - Biology graduate

VIU Biology Graduate Sets her Sights on Protecting the Environment

May 27, 2019

Inspired by the environmental research she was able to participate in at VIU Kimberley Barrett is excited to enter into the world of research following graduation. ­­ Biology graduate Kimberley Barrett isn’t going to medical school like she originally planned five years ago when she first started her degree at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Partway into her journey she discovered helping... Read more


VIU MBA student Alvin Meledath will present his ideas on how to solve the national Indigenous doctor shortage to a panel of deputy ministers after becoming a finalist in the National Student Paper Competition.

Indigenous Doctor Shortage Issue Brought to the Forefront by VIU Student

April 11, 2019

Sometimes all it takes to influence positive change is to put an idea in front of the right people.  Vancouver Island University (VIU) Masters of Business Administration student Alvin Meledath wanted to raise awareness about the challenges Indigenous communities face in accessing health care and present real solutions to the issue. His paper – “Reconciling the Indigenous Doctor Shortage Gap... Read more


VIU Undergrad Melynda Bergen Takes Home MURC 2019 Award

VIU Student Makes an Impression at UBC Undergraduate Research Conference

April 8, 2019

VIU undergrad Melynda Bergen took home an award from the University of BC (UBC) Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference on March 16, 2019.  NANAIMO, BC: Vancouver Island University (VIU) biology student Melynda Bergen made history at the University of BC’s Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference last month.  She is the first non-UBC student to win an award at... Read more


Students showcasing their projects at CREATE 2019 and Research Week

VIU CREATE 2019 and Research Week

April 3, 2019

Hundreds of students and faculty will be participating in Vancouver Island University’s largest showcase event, CREATE 2019 and Research Week.  WHEN: April 8 – 13, 2019  WHERE: Various locations across the Nanaimo Campus  NANAIMO, BC: Vancouver Island University (VIU) faculty and students are gearing up to show off their scholastic, research and creative projects during the... Read more


Program that Brings Inmates and University Students Together Expanding

March 21, 2019

Thanks to a generous grant from the Vancouver Foundation, VIU’s Inside-Out program will not only continue, but triple in size. ­­ There’s nothing anybody else could say about Joe Cramer that would be worse than the things he’s said about himself over the years. A former child actor who got caught up in a cycle of addiction, rehab and jail in his 30s, Cramer ended up serving a nearly two-year... Read more


Indigenous Health Care Assistant Program

Indigenous Health Care Assistant Program Changing Lives

February 22, 2019

The Kw’am Kw’um Shhwuli (Strong Health, Well-being) Health Care Assistant program at VIU Cowichan combines technical training with wraparound supports and Hul’qumi’num language lessons to help move students into high-demand careers. ­­ A unique new program at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cowichan Campus that combines Health Care Assistant training and Indigenous language and culture... Read more


VIU students attend PeaceSummit for Emerging Leaders'

VIU Peace Ambassadors Return from Bangkok to Share their Knowledge

January 31, 2019

VIU students travelled to the Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders’ in Bangkok to strengthen peace efforts with 500 Peace Ambassadors.  Before we can achieve world peace, we must understand what this concept means when put into practice. This is what Vancouver Island University (VIU) students, Stephanie Pastro and Justin North sought to find out during the Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders... Read more


First-Generation Students Find Their Fit at Vancouver Island University

December 14, 2018

University gives new students the tools to succeed When Mya Wilson, an English and Psychology student at Vancouver Island University (VIU) first decided to go to university, she was a bit lost. She didn’t know what a credit was, or what a major or minor was. Wilson also had no idea there were so many options to choose from in every program. Her parents had never gone to university – making... Read more


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