VIU Voices

Welcome to Vancouver Island University's enewsletter, published during the academic year. It is created by VIU's Communications and Public Engagement Office with support from Human Resources and all our contributors. Here you will find helpful information about new initiatives at VIU, process and policies changes that affect how we work, stories about the people who make up this fantastic community and examples of the life-changing work our employees undertake on a regular basis. If you have any questions or want to contribute, please contact 

People Plan diagram

VIU People Plan Officially Adopted and Ready for Action

September 17, 2019

By Dan VanderSluis, Associate-Vice President, Human ResourcesI am so pleased to announce that the VIU People Plan: You Matter Here has been approved by the Vancouver Island University Board of Governors. This is the final step in the VIU Integrated Planning process for the plan to... Read more

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Grant Provides Boost so VIU can Enhance Efforts

September 16, 2019

In the spring, Vancouver Island University was awarded the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Capacity Building Grant, a joint initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian... Read more

Welcoming New Employees

September 14, 2019

Vancouver Island University would like to extend a hearty welcome to all the new employees who have joined us between May, 2019 and August 30, 2019. We hope you enjoy your experience at VIU and encourage you to reach out for help and advice. (If your start-date was after August 30,... Read more


September 13, 2019

Vancouver Island University encourages its people to challenge themselves. To seek new heights in their careers and education, to critically question our world, conduct unique, impactful research. When our people reach these milestones, we want to celebrate with them. If you know of... Read more

Q & A with VIU Creative Writing Professor Dr. Sonnet L'Abbe

September 12, 2019

Vancouver Island University is a hive of incredible, creative activity. We like to share as much of it as we can. Check out our Q and A with Creative Writing Professor Dr. Sonnet L'Abbe about her latest book of poetry, Sonnet's Shakespeare. 1.     ... Read more

Introducing ROMEO: The New Research Application Portal

September 12, 2019

Are you tired of running hard copies around campus for signatures for your research applications or wondering at what stage of approval your application is? Ever feel like there must be an easier way to do things?The Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Office has some... Read more

VIU brand standards will be available soon

VIU Brand Standards Ease the Guesswork on Logos, Email Signatures, Fonts and More

September 12, 2019

In the spring, the Strategic Marketing team released new brand standards. This helpful guide will teach you how to use VIU’s logo, correct fonts, create an email signature and more. VIU’s brand is a significant piece of VIU’s reputation. Its creation is informed by VIU’s values... Read more

HR Corner: Take Control of Stress This Year

September 11, 2019

Brought to you by your Human Resources teamAll areas of VIU become busier at this time of year—with an influx of new students, new class schedules, workloads, coffee lineups—and when things get busy, they can become stressful! We’d like to remind everyone of some ways you can “... Read more

HR Corner: 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge Starts in October

September 11, 2019

After a successful introduction last fall, the 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge by Mindwell U is set to start again at the beginning of October. Those who have completed the training report a better ability to concentrate, deal with challenges, stay calm and are able to stay more... Read more

Learn How to Manage Your VIU Mobile Phone Outside Canada

September 10, 2019

Mobile phone roaming overage charges are one of the largest waste expenses Vancouver Island University incurs. In 2018, VIU paid $54,940.83 to Rogers Wireless in roaming overages.Roaming overage charges occur when people take their VIU phones outside of Canada having not purchased... Read more

Printing: Solving Three Problems with One Solution

September 10, 2019

Interesting fact: the way we print, scan documents and make photo copies affects three different areas of focus for improvement in VIU’s operations.Those areas are security, sustainability and operational effectiveness. Let’s look at the issue and how it is being solved.SecurityAn... Read more

Graduate Business Studies Office Renamed Graduate Programs Office, Faculty of Management

September 4, 2019

The Graduate Business Studies Office has been renamed. It is now the Graduate Programs Office, Faculty of Management in Building 250 Room 302. The reason for the change was to more accurately reflect what the Office does. Soon, signage and other important communications will begin... Read more

Trades Discovery Centre Named in Honour of Leadership Gift

September 4, 2019

Vancouver Island University Foundation extends heartfelt gratitude to the Windsor Plywood Foundation for their leadership gift in support of the Imagine VIU campaign and our students. In honour of this gift and their long history of support, the new Trades Discovery Centre will now... Read more

Thrive Week

HR Corner: Participate in Thrive Week October 21-25

September 2, 2019

VIU Student Affairs is proud to present the… 2nd AnnualTHRIVE WeekOctober 21-25, 2019What is THRIVE Week?THRIVE is a week-long series of events for the entire VIU community focused on building positive mental health.THRIVE is a way of thinking and acting that promotes positive... Read more