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Pushing the boundaries of what is possible

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on August 4, 2023 - 1:39pm

Members of the Vancouver Island University community may remember Kayla Passmore for her role as team captain of the Mariner’s women’s volleyball team, helping to lead her team to four national championship victories. But she was an active member of the VIU community in many other ways, organizing major events, leading tours and helping new students in residences.

Examining mental health supports in the K-12 school system

Submitted by Rachel Stern on August 3, 2023 - 2:45pm

Nova Heartland is investigating mental health supports in educational environments. The Master of Education in Educational Leadership grad’s research focused on K-12 school systems and found there is “unfulfilled potential” when it comes to implementing and scaling up these resources with educational systems.

She conducted the research with the help of a British Columbia Graduate Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship meant to break down barriers to affordable and accessible post-secondary education.

Single parent and psychology student receives significant scholarship

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on July 21, 2023 - 11:42am

While she’s always been drawn to the field of psychology, Mauricea Panchenko wasn’t sure if her interest would develop into anything further, particularly when it came to post-secondary education.

“I waited so long to go back to school because I did not believe it was an option for me,” she says.

Ready to share her research

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on July 21, 2023 - 10:45am

When Heather Finlay decided to pursue her Master of Education in Special Education, she knew VIU was the place to do it.

“I had done my teaching program with VIU and they were so supportive throughout,” she says. “When I decided to go back to school to complete my masters, I knew that VIU would be a good fit for me.”

Now, having graduated this past June, Heather says she is excited to share her research with others.

Connecting with community and nature

Submitted by Rachel Stern on July 17, 2023 - 2:50pm

Kelsey Moore was working as a forensic drug analyst when she decided she wanted a career that gave her a greater connection to community and nature. She enrolled in VIU’s Resource Management Officer Technology (RMOT) diploma. The program prepares students for careers related to the protection and management of Canada’s fisheries, wildlife and park resources.

Dual Credit student receives coveted $100,000 scholarship

Submitted by Rachel Stern on July 7, 2023 - 11:37am

Paul Wu received one of Canada’s most coveted scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing STEM studies ­– the Schulich Leader Scholarship.

He received $100,000 to study at Queen’s University, one of the 20 partner universities involved in the program. Every high school in Canada can nominate a graduating student to apply for the scholarship and each year 1,500 students compete for the scholarship and only 100 are awarded.