Student Success

VIU Grad Wins Governor General's Silver Medal

June 2, 2015

New graduate Jayson Sinnott received special kudos during Vancouver Island University’s convocation ceremony Monday, June 1. Sinnott was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Silver Medal for achieving the highest academic standing upon graduation from a bachelor degree program. “I am incredibly honoured and grateful to receive such a prestigious award,” said Sinnott, a graduate of VIU’s... Read more

The High School at VIU Hosts "Sustainable Solutions" Symposium

May 28, 2015

Grade 10-12 students gathered recently at Vancouver Island University (VIU) to discuss important issues confronting Vancouver Island, including waste management, forestry, green energy, population growth, Island lifestyle and transportation. Hosted by the grade 10 Global Studies class at The High School at VIU, the “Sustainable Solutions” symposium attracted students from Aspengrove school and... Read more

Nine Medals for VIU Students at Provincial Trades Skills Competition

April 29, 2015

Five students from Vancouver Island University (VIU) and regional high schools will advance to the Skills Canada National Competition in Saskatoon May 28 to 30 after winning gold medals at the Provincial Skills Canada BC competition. Culinary student Kaya Peters won a gold medal in the Culinary post-secondary competition. The Salmon Arm, BC resident had just started the program in late January... Read more

VIU Baking Student Wins for BC in USA Pear Bureau Competition

April 9, 2015

A winning recipe for a pear crumble dessert has earned a Vancouver Island University (VIU) Baking program student the chance to represent BC in the USA Pear Bureau’s Culinary Student Competition. Winning for BC with her Pear Custard Cheese Crumble recipe, Esther LePage will compete in the national competition on April 14 in Montreal. A student in VIU’s Professional Baking and Pastry Arts... Read more

VIU Invites Public to Celebrate Student Achievements

March 19, 2015

Domestic violence, digital stories, human trafficking, music and memory, mammals in Buttertubs Marsh and indigenous edible foods – these are just a few topics that will be covered during a three-day conference to showcase research, scholarly activity and community engagement projects by Vancouver Island University (VIU) students. Graduate and undergraduate students will present the results of... Read more

VIU Anthropology Class Ignites Family's Passion to Support the Homeless

March 5, 2015

Resilience and determination. These are two key characteristics of a mother, daughter and son team from Ladysmith studying together at Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Nanaimo. Siblings Jaden Bourque and Sharae Antley are Anthropology majors at VIU and their mother Alana Bourque, in remission from a serious illness, has audited classes  with them for two years. Recently, the mother, son... Read more

Powell River Dual Credit Students Shine in Skills Canada Regional Competition

February 26, 2015

Powell River students studying trades at Vancouver Island University (VIU) Powell River in the Dual Credit Trades program offered through VIU and Brooks Secondary were among the top competitors at the Skills Canada Regional Skills BC competition in Nanaimo on Feb. 20. Seven of the 13 Powell River students in the Dual Credit program returned home with medals following the day-long competition,... Read more

Heavy Equipment Operator Students Receive Scholarships from TLA and Chevron

January 26, 2015

Two new $5,000 scholarships funded by the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) and Chevron have been awarded to students in the Heavy Equipment Operator program at Vancouver Island University (VIU). BC’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson presented the awards to VIU students Jesse Creighton and Breanna Thompson at the TLA Convention & Trade Show in Victoria... Read more

VIU Education Program Gives Student Hope

December 10, 2014

Several years ago, MaryDawn MacWatt’s life took a 180 degree turn. From being a financially dependent wife, MacWatt became the sole provider for herself and her three children. While in transition, MacWatt knew that independence was the only way out. In a chance meeting with Vancouver Island University (VIU) professor Dr. Ian Whitehouse at her father’s nursery in the Cowichan Valley, MacWatt... Read more

VIU Fisheries and Aquaculture Students Receive $22,750 in Scholarships

December 9, 2014

Christmas arrived early for 12 top students in Vancouver Island University’s Fisheries and Aquaculture degree and diploma programs. The students received a total of $22,750 in awards and scholarships at a celebration and awards banquet last week. “It’s the largest amount of money for internal awards ever dispersed to VIU’s Fisheries & Aquaculture students,” said faculty member Dr. Chris... Read more