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 

Welcome to VIU!

December 18, 2019

In each issue of VIU Voices, we welcome all employees who have received their first regular appointment since the last issue of VIU Voices was published. These new employees were hired between October 21 and December 13, 2019.Jenna Auringer, Learning Technologies Support Specialist... Read more

HR Corner: Supporting Those in Recovery During the Holidays

December 18, 2019

HR CornerWith the holiday season just around the corner, and invitations to gathering with family, friends and co-workers are already starting to come in, it is important to remember that these events can often be a source of stress for many people.For someone in recovery, the... Read more

Fifth Annual VIU Indigenous Speaker Series with CBC's Ideas is a Search For Freedom, Prosperity and #Landback for Indigenous Peoples

November 7, 2019

VIU’s Indigenous Speakers Series launched in 2015 to mark the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which includes strong calls to action for educational institutions. With a deep commitment to engagement with and respect for all Indigenous... Read more

Welcome to VIU!

November 7, 2019

In each issue of VIU Voices, we publish a list of all new, regular employees at VIU. This list recognizes anyone who has received their first regular appointment. Welcome and congratulations to you all - we hope you find your experience enriching and positive. This list is for... Read more


November 6, 2019

In each issue of VIU Voices, we recognize colleagues who have achieved a significant milestone in their careers. If you or someone you know deserves some recognition, please contact us and we will share their good news!The 2019 recipients of the President's Awards for Community... Read more

It's Worth It

‘It’s Worth It’ Recruitment Campaign Connects Future Students To VIU

November 6, 2019

The Strategic Marketing department is very excited to launch ‘It’s Worth It’, VIU’s Fall 2020 domestic recruitment campaign. Our goal is to connect with prospective students making plans for university studies, let them know all that VIU has to offer, and encourage them to explore... Read more

People Plan Invitation For Action Bolsters VIU's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Activities

November 6, 2019

In September, VIU announced the institution received a $400,000 grant to address the issues surrounding equity, diversity and inclusion.A driver in applying for the grant was the knowledge that VIU needs to do better in creating a truly inclusive and safe environment in which... Read more

People Plan Get Involved

The VIU People Plan: Getting Involved

November 6, 2019

The VIU People Plan is the plan for VIU’s people. It was created from the concerns, desires and ideas of VIU employees, which means it belongs to us all and its success depends on us.This means there is space for every employee who wants to participate in making it a reality. There... Read more

Library construction

Library Commons Construction and Federated Identity Management

November 6, 2019

Reminder! All students need new ID cards  Students who received their student ID card prior to July 2019 must get a new student ID by the end of the fall semester. All members of the VIU community will need their card to access the library’s Learning Commons and the Centre... Read more

VIU Sustainability Week

Sustainability@VIU Spreads Awareness During Sustainability Week

November 6, 2019

By Don Alexander, Chair, Sustainability@VIU and Margot Croft, Administrative Assistant, Environment and SustainabilityThe last week of September was Sustainability Week at VIU. Organized by Sustainability@VIU and the VIU Sustainability Advisory Committee, the week had a variety of... Read more

safety in the field

VIU Safety Communications and Hazard Assessment for Remote or Difficult Travel

November 5, 2019

By Kim Sharpe, Advisor, Health and Safety ServicesIt can be difficult to know whether or not you have taken all necessary steps to ensure proper safety and communication for any off-campus activities for VIU students or employees. This is particularly important for people entering... Read more

anti-distraction campaign

Walking While Texting Can Break Bones and Phones

November 4, 2019

Did you know that distracted walking causes approximately 2,500 pedestrian injuries annually? It’s a fact! As a result of a mid-2016 WorkSafeBC investigation into an incident at our Nanaimo campus, VIU’s Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) was tasked with creating... Read more

VIU Flu Clinics Scheduled

November 1, 2019

VIU in partnership with the Superstore Pharmacy is pleased to announce three upcoming free Flu Vaccination Clinics being held for interested employees and students. For more information on the Flu (influenza) and on immunizations, please visit the websites below. VIHA... Read more

Severe weather closures

What You Need to Know About Severe Weather Procedures

November 1, 2019

With winter on its way, it is time for a reminder of Vancouver Island University’s Severe Weather Closure policy.Please read the following message carefully to familiarize yourself with this important procedure:A decision will be made by 6:30 am on whether or not the campus(es... Read more

ACTION REQUIRED - Cancellation of the Medical Service Group Plan (MSP)

October 30, 2019

HR Corner This is the republication of an email sent out to employees from Human Resources Director Brenda McKay on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. If you did not receive the original email, it does not apply to you. This message is intended for employees currently covered... Read more

Me Time: Managing Stress and Finding Work-Life Balance

October 25, 2019

HR Corner In our ever changing lives, full of jam-packed schedules and fast approaching deadlines, it is easy to put our Me-Time on the back burner. Homewood Health shares some useful tips on why we need time for ourselves, what’s the cost if we don’t make Me-Time a priority... Read more