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We define the VIU Alum as anyone who has received a valid credential from Vancouver Island University, Malaspina University College, Malaspina College, or the Vocational Trade School. As a group, we are all VIU Alumni!

Working in countless industries on Vancouver Island and around the world, our alumni - now more than 100,000 strong - are making a difference in their communities and we couldn't be more proud. The VIU Alumni Association and the Alumni Relations team are here to help you continue to succeed and grow. Stay connected with us!

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Alum of the Month Hayley Healey holds her published book

Hayley Healey

A desire to share the stories of extraordinary historical women led VIU Education grad Haley Healey to become a published author in 2020. Four years later, the high school counsellor by day, author by night has published five non-fiction adult and children’s books highlighting boundary-pushing women as well as a fiction novel featuring a strong female protagonist.

“Women are underrepresented in history books and history in general,” she explains. “I was inspired to discover their accomplishments and resilience and thought other people might be also.”

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Alumni News

VIU Alumni News is a space for alumni to share their stories and celebrate our successes. If you are interested in having your story highlighted please fill out this form.

Alum of the month

Alum of the Month: Melissa Ayling

One assignment changed the trajectory of Anthropology alum Melissa Ayling’s life. The paper she wrote for an upper-level Anthropology class about baklava and...

Alum of the Month: Clair Morgan

Clair Morgan graduated from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design. After graduation, Morgan opened Cosmo Packaging in...

Alum of the Month: Mary Anne Molcan

For Mary Anne Molcan, having her lino-block print selected as part of the Boston Printmakers 75th Anniversary North American Print Biennial was an exciting...

Alumni blog posts

Finding her path with a career in recreation

For Victoria Koutstaal, recreation is more than just fun and games.“Recreation is community-based and community-building,” she says. “Socialization and our...

Cooking up success

Growing up in a family of self-taught women cooks, Shannah Pogline was inspired to explore cooking further and enrolled in VIU’s Culinary Arts program. Since...

Life is more fun with purpose

Brian Yin discovered his passion for education while coaching and mentoring others when he worked as an auditor in New York. He contacted his old high school...
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A growing gift for the graduating class of 2023

tree sapling with gift tag that reads 'Congratulations 2023 Graduates"

Last June, the VIU Alumni Association, together with TD Insurance, partnered with Tree Canada’s National Greening Program to plant and maintain 4,000 tree seedlings in honour of our 2023 grads.

The trees were planted in the Williams Lake region. In 2017, a major forest fire ravaged Williams Lake First Nation. In the aftermath of the fire, the land experienced very little natural growth of vegetation, leaving the land vulnerable to erosion. As the native tree species that Tree Canada planted on-site grow, they will help stabilize the slopes, minimize erosion, sequester carbon and provide a new habitat for wildlife that has been displaced from the area.

Together, we are helping to remove carbon from the atmosphere and contributing to a cleaner future in our province. We are proud to be the only BC post-secondary institution to partner with Tree Canada to help build a cleaner tomorrow.

To read more about 4,000 trees that were planted in the Williams Lake First Nation community and the important work that Tree Canada does across the country, please visit and watch the video below.

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