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Alumni Association


Vancouver Island University Alumni Association

Mission Statement

The Vancouver Island University Alumni Association is dedicated to building lifelong relationships with current and future alumni that celebrate, engage and connect our alumni while advancing the mission and goals of Vancouver Island University.

Vision Statement

The Vancouver Island University Alumni Association (VIUAA) connects alumni and students in order to enhance the ability of the university to offer a world class educational experience.

The VIUAA will be characterized by the following:

  • a broad and global base of alumni participation and support
  • high quality programs and services for alumni
  • a vibrant alumni association led by a strong, diverse group of alumni leaders, working in partnership with a professional and customer-service-oriented alumni relations staff and working to promote the strategic goals of the University

Meet the Board of Directors

Colby Scott

Colby Althouse, BBA '10 - President

Colby Althouse, currently a Student with the Societies of Notary Public of British Columbia, Colby graduated Valedictorian in 2010 with a dual Business Administration Degree in Marketing and Management. She was heavily involved in the Business Students Association and received life changing guidance throughout the 4 year program. Colby hopes to pay it forward by mentoring current students and help them achieve their goals.

Vanessa Stratton

Vanessa Stratton, MBA '19

Vanessa Stratton graduated from the MBA program in 2019 and currently works for Western University. She is an educational leader with over 10 years of experience working in the post-secondary industry providing leadership, management and coordination of programs and services to ensure optimal outcomes and alignment with institutional goals. She prides herself on assuming a hands-on style to operational leadership that emphasizes teamwork and collaboration with a strong emphasis on developing and promoting the talents and ambitions of staff and students. Vanessa is a strong believer in building interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders including students, staff, employers, mentors and partner organizations. 

Alexis Gardner

Alexis Gardner, BA in Sociology  ‘19

Alexis Gardner is a recent graduate of the BA '19 program where she majored in Sociology and minored in Gender Studies. She was elected Student Representative for the Faculty of Social Sciences and was involved in several organizations on campus. Since graduating from VIU she has continued to grow, develop and seek experiences that reflect her commitment to social innovation and community member resilience. Alexis has completed an intensive Research Fellowship with the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness working with multiple stakeholders and youth-serving organizations across the country. She has also worked for the Vancouver Board of Education creating after school programs, supporting high school students with their leadership development and working with schools and local organizations to identify community needs. Alexis is extremely passionate about youth empowerment and eliminating barriers towards participation. Currently, Alexis is working for Big Brothers Big Sisters Victoria as a Community Mentoring & Outreach Services Coordinator.

John Bratkowski

John Bratkowski, BBA '10

John Bratkowski, partner at JJA Chartered Professional Accountants, completed his Bachelor of Business Administration at VIU in 2010 with an accounting degree. He then bridged into the Certified General Accountant program and obtained his designation in June 2014. John is excited to be on the board for the university where his career began and to give back to the community. In his free time, John likes to spend his free time with his wife, daughter, and dog outdoors.

Michael Ribicic

Michael Ribicic, BA Political Studies '19 & BEd '21 - Vice President

Michael Ribicic is a teacher in School District 68. He holds a BA with majors in Political Studies and History (2019) from Vancouver Island University, along with a BEd (2021). Michael was born and raised in Nanaimo and is passionate about volunteering and giving back to his community. He has contributed to various boards and organizations in the area, having served as the Chair of the Nanaimo Youth Advisory Council, the Administrative Chair of the Lantzville Rotary Club, and now Vice President of Vancouver Island University’s Alumni Board Association. He has also contributed to over six boards at VIU over the years, including the university’s Senate.

Josh Knight

Josh Knight, Carpentry '01

Josh started Shining Knight Construction in 2009.

Britta Peterson

Britta Peterson, MASLM '19

Britta is currently a PhD student in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Britta earned a Recreation and Sport Management Diploma (Malaspina University College), a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation (Douglas College), a Master’s degree in Sustainable Leisure Management (Vancouver Island University), and a Graduate Certificate, Masters focus on Northern Tourism (University of the Arctic and the Thematic Research Network on Northern Tourism). She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) designated by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). Britta has lived and played across Canada, from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Nanaimo, and has a passion for exploring nature by canoe and bike, drinking lattes, and challenging social and systemic inequities.

Chelsea Carne

Chelsea Carne, BA in English '15

Chelsea is not only an alum of VIU, but she also worked in donor relations on campus for several years.

Elise Morgan

Elise Morgan, BA in Marketing '04