VIU Magazine

Larissa Richards

Women of STEM

September 18, 2019

The white lab coat and plastic eye protection glasses may not have changed in the past two or three decades, but who is wearing them has. The number of women entering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers has increased in recent years, but not enough. What needs to be done... Read more

Jennifer Barton, VIU Carpentry student

Women of Trades

September 18, 2019

Some of BC’s most rewarding and well-paying jobs are in the construction trades, yet less than 5% of those jobs are held by women. Why aren’t more women choosing these high-demand, fulfilling careers, and what can be done about it, especially in light of the looming skills shortage? VIU faculty,... Read more

Dr. Deb Saucier, VIU President and Vice-Chancellor

Q&A with Dr. Deb Saucier, VIU's new President and Vice-Chancellor

September 18, 2019

For Dr. Deb Saucier, returning to Vancouver Island is a homecoming. VIU’s new President and Vice-Chancellor as of July 4, 2019, Saucier spent many of her formative years here completing first an International Baccalaureate diploma at Metchosin-based Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, and... Read more

Dr. Ralph Nilson, VIU President Emeritus

Parting Words from Dr. Ralph Nilson

September 18, 2019

As President and Vice-Chancellor of Vancouver Island University for the last 12 and a half years, Dr. Ralph Nilson has led the institution through some of its largest transitions. Under his tenure, VIU’s largest capital projects to date were completed, the institution was granted full university... Read more

Elissa Doerksen in Florence

Transform Your Education into a Global Adventure

September 18, 2019

Do you have the travel bug? A field school, exchange or internship abroad experience is your passport to becoming a global citizen. by Rae-Anne Guenther The best things in life are not things — they are the lasting memories created by interacting with people and the world around us. “The... Read more

Mental Health

If You’re Going through Hell, Keep Talking About It

September 18, 2019

In any given year in Canada, one in five people will personally experience a mental health issue or illness, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Yet, despite how common this experience is, almost one-half of those people who feel they have suffered from depression or anxiety never... Read more

EleV Learning Partnership for Indigenous Youth

EleV Learning Partnership Continues to Grow

September 18, 2019

An innovative learning partnership headquartered at VIU is starting to take root. It’s been two years since EleV, a collaboration between VIU and Indigenous communities that is supported by the Mastercard Foundation, launched. The program, which aims to boost the number of Indigenous youth... Read more

Gender & History research journal at VIU

Research @ VIU

September 18, 2019

Every year, faculty and students at VIU go out into communities to participate in research that is having a significant impact on the region as well as giving students important experiential learning opportunities. Here are a few projects they engaged in this year.  For more stories, visit research... Read more

Ay Lelum - The Good House of Design

Design Duo Preserves Culture Through Fashion

September 17, 2019

As owners of the second-generation Coast Salish fashion design house Ay Lelum – the Good House of Design, sisters Aunalee Boyd-Good (Bachelor of Arts, Major in English ’15) and Sophia Seward-Good, who studied at VIU between 2008 and 2013, are playing an important role in the preservation of their... Read more

Lainy Nowak, Master of Community Planning

The Class of 2019

September 17, 2019

The future is full of infinite possibilities for the more than 1,200 Vancouver Island University graduates who crossed the stage this year. Fuelled by their passions and equipped to excel in their fields thanks to hands-on learning opportunities and the support they received during their time at... Read more