VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

Community Partner Series

Learn, Discuss & Connect!

The Community Partner Series brings leaders from local organizations onto VIU campuses to share information about their initiatives, realities and needs and to explore opportunities for increased collaboration with students, faculty and staff.

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.


On scheduled Thursdays from 12 to 1pm, B305 Room 440 (Research Commons)

  • Thursday Feb. 6th, with Jake Rudolph, CAO City of Nanaimo. Key Initiatives at the City of Nanaimo
  • Cancelled / Postponed: Thursday March 12th with John McCormick, ED Nanaimo Region John Howard Society. How the Nanaimo John Howard Society Helps More than Men in Jail
Past organizations / topics:
  • Get Engaged with Local Community Stewardship Groups! With Pete Law - Mid-Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society, Ceri Peacey - Friends of the French Creek Conservation Society, Lynn Brookes - North Island Recovery Association and Bill Merilees, Friends of Buttertubs.
  • Digital Technology Supercluster Update: Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration. With Paris Gaudet, Capacity Building Programs Lead, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster.
  • A Vital and  Sustainable Island Economy. With George Hanson, President of the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA).
  • Women and Literacy: What Happens When We Put Women at the Centre of Curriculum? With Samantha Letourneau, Executive Director of Literacy Central Vancouver Island.
  • "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”  with Dr. Paul Hassleback, Medical Health Officer, Island Health
  • Making the World More Resilient to Infectious Diseases with Dr. Christian Lange, Virologist at MetaBiota
  • Building Community Solidarity North-South Through Arts & Culture Programming with April Ingham, Executive Director at Pacific People’s Partnership
  • Dance as Inspiration for Community Health with Holly Bright, Founder / Artistic Director, Crimson Coast Dance Society
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