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.

Fall 2018 Community Partner Series:

Held on Thursdays from 12 to 1pm, in B305 Rm 440

Thursday Sept. 27th, Get Engaged with Local Community Stewardship Groups!
Are you interested in getting involved with some of Vancouver Island's local environmental stewardship groups? Join us to hear from a panel of local stewards as they discuss their past, current and upcoming work, and learn how you can join them to contribute to a brighter future for our region! Panel presenters include: 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. This session is co-sponsored by the Mt. Arrowsmith Biopshere Region Research Institute.
Thursday Oct. 25th, Digital Technology Supercluster Update: Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration
With Paris Gaudet, Capacity Building Programs Lead, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster. In this session, learn about the status of the new Digital Technology Supercluster organization and its key activity stream – Capacity Building. The focus of this discussion is to start a conversation about what’s possible and explore opportunities for collaboration. The Supercluster Capacity Building initiatives encompass four themes: 1) Diverse Digital Workforce 2) Building the Digital Economy in the Regions 3) Indigenous Digital Skills Training 4) Women in Technology Leadership. The Supercluster anticipates having resources to support new programs in the Capacity Building genre and they view Vancouver Island University among its potential collaborators and delivery channels.
Thursday November 22nd, A Vital and  Sustainable Island Economy
With George Hanson, President of the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA). George will share insights regarding the state of the island economy, where it is headed, and what is being done strengthen, diversify, and sustain economic vitality and opportunity. VIEA is the only regional, non-government, non-profit, economic development organization in Western Canada. Its mandate embraces the entire island, including the gulf islands, and every sector, public and private.’
Thursday Dec. 6th, Women and Literacy: What Happens When We Put Women at the Centre of Curriculum?
With Samantha Letourneau, Executive Director of Literacy Central Vancouver Island.  On the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Samantha will reflect on this question from her experience, which is rooted in participatory literacy work. Participatory literacy work has everything to do with the primacy of learners’ knowledge, feelings and experience. How do we meet the needs of women learners, while respecting their privacy and cultural expectations, in a way that might enable them to expand the choices they have and increase their ability to make decisions, without imposing an agenda of our own? When women learners are at the centre of the curriculum, when they build the curriculum, when they participate in discussions, when these things occur, women are strengthened in ways that are hard to measure but that nonetheless serve them well.

 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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