In order to achieve our commitment to serve the Island and Coastal region of BC, we need to provide opportunities for our employees and students to meet with community partners to learn about their initiatives, realities and needs.

The Community Partner Series is a new initiative that aims to bring leaders from local organizations onto VIU campuses to share information about their initiatives and to explore opportunities for increased collaboration. This series is a collaborative effort of the Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Office, University Relations and Student Affairs.

If you would like to bring a community partner to one of VIU’s campuses, please contact Tanis Dagert, Community Liaison and Knowledge Mobilization Officer at  to help coordinate and promote their visit.

 Past organizations / topics:

  • "The Importance of Creating a More Welcoming City for Newcomers" with Jennifer Fowler, Executive Director, Central VI Multicultural Society
  • "Medical and Recreational Cannabis in Canada: Potential Impacts of Legalization on Public Health" with Philipe Lucas, Vice-President Patient Services & Research, Tilray
  • "Sayshutsun a.k.a. NewCastle Island”  with Erralyn Thomas, Councillor, Snuneymuxw First Nations
  • "Hot topics in Health & How to Jump into the Coals”  withDr. Paul Hassleback, Medical Health Officer, Island Health

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