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Cheer on the women's volleyball team 🏐

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on March 8, 2023 - 5:36pm

The VIU Mariners women’s volleyball team is trying for a fifth national gold medal at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s 2023 national championships, which VIU is hosting. VIU’s first game is today at 6 pm in the gym. Come dressed in blue and cheer on our team! And Happy International Women’s Day and Happy Holi! Watch for the VIUFA Women’s & Gender Equity Committee and VIU Students' Union handing out flowers to women attending the game tonight, and the Holi celebration starts at 4:30 pm. See below for more details. 

From sociology student to supporting children and families

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on February 27, 2023 - 2:49pm

Alexis Gardner graduated from Vancouver Island University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts, major in Sociology, and minor in Gender Studies. Alexis originally thought she would become a counsellor or professor but then found a passion for community outreach and social innovation. She is currently employed in the social service industry with Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Victoria, as their Senior Mentoring and Outreach Coordinator.

5 student services you need to check out at VIU

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on February 17, 2023 - 5:16pm

One of the things that makes Vancouver Island University unique is its success-focused approach to education throughout every part of the student experience, from academics to campus life to interactions with faculty and staff outside of the classroom. This approach recognizes that every single person’s learning journey is unique and requires individualized attention. With that in mind, VIU has created some unique supports to help you navigate key points in your educational journey. Here are five services you may find yourself using at one point or another.

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.