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Black History Month at VIU

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on February 7, 2023 - 8:53pm

Each year, Canadians mark Black History Month in February to recognize the contributions, accomplishments and ongoing inequities of Black and African descent Canadians and people living in Canada.  

There are a variety of events and activities being organized to celebrate this important month at VIU. We hope to see you there!

VIU Nursing student gives back to community through successful grant application

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on February 6, 2023 - 1:14pm

Fourth-year VIU Nursing student Carliegh Gainer chose her field of study because she’s looking forward to a career that will bring her “to many different areas and places.”

Although she has not yet graduated, this reasoning behind her decision is already starting to play out in the form of a grant application that was approved recently to fund a mural project at a local elementary school.

Encouraging the next generation of Indigenous leaders

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on January 27, 2023 - 7:20am

Growing up, Hayden Kenneth Taylor remembers hiding his identity as a member of the Haisla Nation because of how other people viewed Indigenous peoples. Fast forward to today and Hayden, who is in VIU’s Master of Education program, is researching ways to incorporate more Indigenous culture and knowledge into BC’s public-school curriculum. He has also taken a leading role in encouraging Indigenous youth to connect with culture.

How are you doing, really?

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on January 25, 2023 - 4:57pm

How are you doing, really? We know this time of year can be tough. The weather is gloomy, it’s still dark in the mornings and school is getting busy. Below you’ll find some events happening this week to help you connect with others on the important topic of mental health and you can even do a screening for yourself. You don't have to do this alone, there are many VIU supports and services here to help. 

Going viral with TikTok “body hacks”

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on January 11, 2023 - 4:37pm

A quest to defeat boredom turned into a viral series of TikTok videos for Vancouver Island University Electrical student Mike de Vries, who started sharing tips and advice he learned during his extensive world travels on the social media platform in 2020. These tips vary from how to sweat less and get rid of bad breath, to the best time to study and how to stay focused. Since then, his #bodyhacks videos have earned him more than 430,000 follows and almost 16 million likes.

An award-winning work co-op with the BC Wildfire Service

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on January 4, 2023 - 10:25am

While Nadia Linning has always had an interest in the field of travel, tourism and recreation, a co-op opportunity this past summer resulted in a whole new experience and role for her, one that she ultimately ended up excelling in.

Nadia, a fourth-year student in VIU’s Bachelor of Tourism Management program, worked as a Fire Information Assistant with the BC Wildfire Service during the 2022 wildfire season.

What you need to know about VIU’s Accessibility Services

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 31, 2022 - 10:41am

Many students don’t realize soon enough how accessibility services can impact their learning. Have you ever felt like you’re struggling with your learning more than your peers due to a disability? Or have you experienced a sudden injury or condition that is impacting your ability to access a course? Then VIU’s Accessibility Services department may be of help for you.