VIUFA motion and statement on Protest Encampment

May 31, 2024 To all VIUFA members and other members of the VIU community, On May 31, 2024, the VIUFA Executive resolved the following:  “That VIUFA divest from any and all investments, direct and indirect, in companies that are complicit in the violence, occupation, and dispossession occurring in Gaza and the West Bank.” The disastrous events in Israel and Gaza over recent months have horrified the world.  The international community has been activated [...]

2024-06-04T13:44:09-07:00June 4th, 2024|Front Page, FPSE, Member News, Social activism|

VIUFA Assisted Leave Intent to Apply – Deadline May 31, 2024

TO ALL VIUFA BARGAINING UNIT MEMBERS: Please note the following process if you intend to apply for an Assisted Leave (Professional Development Leave of Absence) during the 2025/2026 year in accordance with Article 12.4 of the Collective Agreement, which reads as follows: Article 12.4.9.1, “In order to be eligible for a half-year or full-year P.D. leave, a faculty member must: have a regular appointment and at least three FTE years of VIUFA seniority [...]

2024-05-01T09:57:28-07:00May 1st, 2024|Front Page, Professional & Scholarly Development|

2024 VIUFA AGM & Call for Nominations

Please join us at the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association, to be held on: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 10:00 a.m. Building 200, Room 203 Elections for all VIUFA Executive Positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting, beginning at 1:00pm. Nominations can be submitted in writing to staff@viufa.ca or to any of the three Nomination Committee Members by Wednesday, April 17th at 3:00pm. Nominations will also be [...]

2024-04-23T16:20:30-07:00March 26th, 2024|Uncategorized, Front Page, Member News|

International Women’s Day 2024 at VIU

All are welcome to attend this year’s International Women’s Day at VIU. On Friday, March 8 from 11:30am-2:30pm our campus and Nanaimo community members are invited to join us in the Royal Arbutus Room, upstairs in bldg. 300, the upper cafeteria. Drop by for all or part of our scheduled activities, which feature: info tables and light refreshments from 11:30-12pm, 12-12:30pm guest speakers, 12:30-2pm facilitated workshop on Healthy Relationships, and then more mingling [...]

CAUT, FPSE and CUFA BC called for B.C. Minister’s resignation over political interference

Please note recent releases below from CAUT, FPSE, and CUFA BC. While the matter of concern related to Ministerial overreach has been overtaken by more recent events pertaining to the Minister, these statements have provided context to some media coverage. FPSE Statement on Resignation of Selina Robinson B.C. premier says Selina Robinson stepping down as cabinet minister over comments on Middle East | CBC News CAUT Media Release: https://www.caut.ca/latest/2024/02/caut-calls-bc-ministers-resignation-over-political-interference CAUT Letter to Premier [...]

2024-02-07T10:04:39-08:00February 7th, 2024|Member News, News Releases, Front Page, FPSE|

Ratification Announcement on behalf of VIUFA and Vancouver Island University

To all employees on behalf of VIUFA and Vancouver Island University  We are pleased to announce that the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association (VIUFA) and the VIU Board of Governors and the Post-Secondary Employers Association Board of Directors have ratified a new collective agreement. This agreement aligns with the provincial government’s 2022 Shared Recovery Mandate and VIU’s People Plan commitments to wellness and equity. The ratified agreement covers the period of April 1, 2022 – [...]

2024-02-07T09:57:47-08:00February 7th, 2024|Front Page, Member News, Bargaining Bulletins|

VIUFA Community Engagement Award: Nominations now open

The time has come once again to nominate a student for the annual VIUFA Community Engagement Award. This award will be given to two outstanding students ($1,000 each) who demonstrate exceptional citizenship within the University community.  It is disbursed annually by the VIUFA Executive (through the VIU Foundation office) following deliberations on candidates nominated by faculty. Nominations for students who fit the criteria are now open.  Please see the linked document for more [...]

2024-02-01T10:26:22-08:00February 1st, 2024|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA supports the FPSE Statement on the War in Gaza

VIUFA supports the FPSE Statement on the War in GazaVIUFA and the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE) are deeply saddened by the events of the past few weeks, and we demand a ceasefire. The escalating conflict across the Middle East region in Israel, Palestine, and Gaza is having deep impacts within our community and the world. We unequivocally condemn the attacks against innocent civilians. Our students, faculty, and staff, many with ties to [...]

2023-12-13T14:09:57-08:00December 8th, 2023|Front Page, Member News, Social activism, HRISC Resources|

Vancouver Island University’s deficit woes are not because of tuition revenues, says Faculty Association

October 15, 2023 3:00 pm  Media Release   Vancouver Island University’s deficit woes are not because of tuition revenues, says Faculty Association Vancouver Island University is anticipating a budgetary deficit of $16M for the 2023-24 year, according to the University’s Deficit Mitigation Plan, published on the University’s website, and employees have been told to expect that it will likely be a $20M deficit when the second quarter finances are reported.  This follows three [...]

2023-10-17T10:12:36-07:00October 17th, 2023|Front Page, Member News, News Releases|

VIUFA Assisted Leave Intent to Apply – Deadline May 31, 2023

TO ALL VIUFA BARGAINING UNIT MEMBERS:  Please note the following process if you intend to apply for an Assisted Leave (Professional Development Leave of Absence) during the 2024/2025 year in accordance with Article 12.4 of the Collective Agreement, which reads as follows: Article 12.4.9.1, “In order to be eligible for a half-year or full-year P.D. leave, a faculty member must: have a regular appointment and at least three FTE years of VIUFA seniority [...]

2023-05-02T10:26:00-07:00May 2nd, 2023|Front Page, Member News|

Faculty Self-Directed Formative Evaluation

Dear Colleague, This is a reminder that faculty members are expected to undertake self-directed formative evaluation every five years, or more frequently if desired, and have a responsibility to report to their supervisor that the evaluation is completed.  The results of the evaluation stay with the faculty member, or may be shared at their discretion.  Please review Article 7.5 of the Collective Agreement, Faculty Self-Directed Formative Evaluation.  Note that members who are planning to [...]

2023-05-02T10:15:32-07:00May 2nd, 2023|Front Page, Member News|

2023 VIUFA AGM & Call for Nominations

Please join us at the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association, to be held on: Wednesday, April 26, 2023 10:00 a.m. Via Zoom Elections for all VIUFA Executive Positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting, beginning at 1:00pm. Nominations can be submitted in writing to staff@viufa.ca or to any of the three Nomination Committee Members by Wednesday, April 19th at 3:00pm. Nominations will also be accepted from [...]

2023-04-26T10:43:21-07:00March 30th, 2023|Front Page, Member News|

WAGE Events for International Women’s Day March 8, 2023

The Women and Gender Equity (WAGE) Committee has been working to develop a number of events for International Women's Day (Wednesday, March 8).  Events kick off at 11:30am in the lobby of the Malaspina Theatre.  See poster for details.

2023-03-07T13:21:19-08:00March 7th, 2023|Uncategorized, Front Page, Social activism|

$10,000 Funding Available for VIUFA Members

Deadline Approaching: VIUFA Union Activism Fund ($10,000 available) Attention: VIUFA is now accepting proposals for its Union Activism Fund  To support VIUFA members in leading, facilitating, and building access to projects focused on strengthening our capacity, VIUFA has created a $10,000 fund and is currently soliciting proposals from interested members. This money is available to any member interested in developing increased awareness and bringing about progressive solutions to critical issues facing the post-secondary [...]

2023-04-26T10:50:56-07:00January 23rd, 2023|Uncategorized, Front Page|

VIUFA Time Awards Deadline February 1, 2023

Deadline Approaching: The VIUFA Assisted Leave Committee is pleased to announce a call for Time Awards for Fall 2023 / Spring 2024. These section releases/reassignments are available to VIUFA faculty with scholarly, creative, and research projects that are focused in scope. Interested VIUFA faculty members can apply for up to 2 sections of release/reassignment to pursue these projects. The releases cannot be banked or taken as overload. Please note that this is an [...]

2023-01-25T10:17:57-08:00January 23rd, 2023|Front Page|

Job Action Committee Seeking Members

The VIUFA executive has struck a job action committee in order to prepare for, if and when the time comes, the possibility that our membership will have to consider job action. Our hope is that we will not have to resort to any job action. Nevertheless, Canadian labour law protects our rights to withdraw our labour, or take other forms of job action, precisely because there are times when that is the only [...]

2023-01-06T15:58:57-08:00January 4th, 2023|Uncategorized, Front Page|

Lunch-Hour Vigil Event, Dec 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women: The VIUFA Status of Women Committee is honoured to host a lunch-hour event in recognition of The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, as part of our ongoing work to support 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. The vigil will take place in VIU’s Malaspina Theatre lobby (bldg. 310) on Tuesday, December 6 [...]

2022-11-30T14:32:48-08:00November 30th, 2022|Uncategorized, Front Page|

Notice of General Meeting Wednesday, Nov 9

Dear VIUFA Members, VIUFA will hold a General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, November 9. At the meeting, the bargaining team will present our proposals for the current round of bargaining for ratification by the members. Please find the Notice of Meeting here. The meeting will be from 1:00 to 4:00 and will be held simultaneously in person at the Nanaimo, Cowichan and Powell River campuses, with Zoom links between the three locations. The Nanaimo meeting will [...]

2022-11-02T09:29:45-07:00November 2nd, 2022|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA’s Committee on Human Rights and International Solidarity Unveils Resource Database

A resource is now available to the VIU community, thanks to the work of Dr. Imogene Lim, Chair of the Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee (HRISC). The HRISC database brings attention to local and global events, issues, and resources for educators and students—from racism, climate change, Indigenous rights, inequality and more. The listing has been curated by Dr. Imogene Lim, with numerous suggestions offered by colleagues. Thanks to Kathryn (Katy) Rosnau, GLST [...]

2022-10-18T09:29:44-07:00October 5th, 2022|Uncategorized, Front Page, Member Resources, Member News|

Strategies for Preventing Zoom Bombing

Sadly, a zoom-bombing at an FPSE co-sponsored speaker event (September, 2022) has highlighted the fact that we need to be vigilant, and stand with our siblings in the labour movement, and with our friends, neighbours and coworkers, in the fight against race-based hate and injustice, and in support of civil discourse.  The FPSE Climate Action Standing Committee worked to bring to our collective membership two speakers from Nanaimo, one from the Snuneymuxw First [...]

2022-09-27T09:53:03-07:00September 27th, 2022|FPSE, Member Resources, Uncategorized, Front Page|

VIUFA Executive Members, 2022-2023

Elections for VIUFA Executive positions were held at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 27th. The following members were elected: President: Gara Pruesse Vice-President: Kathleen Bortolin Secretary-Treasurer: Johnny Blakeborough Chief Personnel Steward: Clay Armstrong Chair, Contract Negotiating Committee: Jane Wodlinger Associate Bargainer: Bonita Davidson Chair, Professional and Scholarly Development: Dan Baker Chair, Human Rights and International Solidarity: Imogene Lim Chair, Status of Women: Eliza Gardiner Chair, Decolonization, Reconciliation, and Indigenization Standing Committee: [...]

2022-09-27T09:53:59-07:00May 4th, 2022|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, April 27, 2022

2022 AGM & Call for Nominations Please join us at the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association, to be held on: Wednesday, April 27, 2022 10:00 a.m. Via Zoom Elections for all executive positions will follow at 1:00pm. Elections for all VIUFA Executive Positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting. Nominations can be submitted in writing to staff@viufa.ca or to any of the three Nomination Committee Members [...]

2022-04-27T09:35:55-07:00April 5th, 2022|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA SWC and Positive Space Alliance Host Trans Day of Visibility: March 31, 11 am-1 pm

Dear Colleagues, VIUFA’s Status of Women Committee is collaborating with VIU’s Positive Space Alliance to honour Trans Day of Visibility on March 31. Please join us, if you can, for speakers, info booths, and activities. We are proud to have SWAG students supporting some of the activities, and we are very grateful to VIUFA’s Decolonization, Reconciliation, and Indigenization Committee for generous financial support. What: Trans Day of Visibility When: March 31, 11 am-1 [...]

2022-03-31T11:51:05-07:00March 23rd, 2022|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity, Member News|

Notice of VIUFA Annual General Meeting

NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 10:00 a.m. Via Zoom Meeting ID 812 1740 0142 Password: VIUFA The 2022 VIUFA AGM will be held electronically via Zoom, beginning at 10:00 am on Wednesday, April 27th. You must sign into Zoom using your real name, and using password VIUFA. All [...]

2022-03-15T12:30:45-07:00March 16th, 2022|Front Page, Member News|

Notice of VIUFA Elections – Wednesday, April 27, 2022

TO:                         All Members of VIU Faculty Association FROM:                   VIUFA Elections Committee: Guy LeMasurier, Bradley Martin, Brad Reimer DATE:                    February 17, 2022 RE:                          NOMINATIONS FOR 2022/23 EXECUTIVE MEMBERS                                                                             As per VIUFA’s Constitution and Bylaws, an Elections Committee has been appointed by the Executive to receive nominations for officers for the term May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023. Election of officers will take place at the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) on Wednesday, April [...]

2022-03-15T12:27:56-07:00March 15th, 2022|Front Page, Member News|

Tues. March 8th, 12-1pm, International Women’s Day

The VIUFA Status of Women Committee is pleased to host speakers on Tues. March 8th, from 12 pm-1pm, in honour of International Women’s Day. Please join us in the Malaspina Theatre lobby and share further details below. All are welcome. Susan Garcia is taking classes in Creative Writing, History, and Indigenous Studies at VIU after earning a Social Services Worker Certificate from College of the Cariboo and a BA in English from SFU. [...]

International Women’s Day, Tuesday, March 8

International Women’s Day, Tuesday, March 8, celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and girls. It is also a time to raise awareness and take action for women’s equality and to work towards a world that is free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. The Vancouver Island University Faculty Associations Status of Women Committee is hosting a celebratory event for International Women’s Day, March 8, from noon to 1 pm in [...]

VIUFA Members Meeting, March 10

NOTICE OF VIUFA GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on: Thursday, March 10, 2022 1:00pm Via Zoom   Topics include: ·        Presentation of the Review Engagement and Financial Statements from Robbins and Company ·        Presentation of the Draft Budget for 2022-2023     [Agenda and draft Minutes of previous meetings to follow]

2022-03-15T12:22:39-07:00February 11th, 2022|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA Status of Women: Feb. 14 Women’s Memorial March Event (Nanaimo Campus)

Dear Colleagues, Please join VIUFA’s Status of Women Committee on Monday, February 14, from 12 pm-1:30 pm, to honour Indigenous Women and Girls for a campus-based Women’s Memorial March. We are grateful to Naomi Bailey, Acting Manager of Indigenous Protocol at VIU and a member of VIUFA's Status of Women Committee, for her leadership to guide this event. We also thank Shq’apthut and Community Cousins for welcoming us to gather, and to VIUSU [...]

2022-02-09T09:46:51-08:00February 9th, 2022|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity, Member News|

16 Days of Activism event: “Where is Lisa Marie Young?”

Thurs. Dec. 9, 7pm: “Where is Lisa Marie Young?”: An Interview with Laura Palmer In honour of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, the VIU Faculty Association’s Decolonization, Reconciliation, and Indigenization Committee is honoured to host a Zoom event with Laura Palmer, the producer and host of the True Crime podcast Island Crime. The event will include an interview with Laura Palmer, followed by a moderated Q & A period with Zoom [...]

16 Days of Activism: “Sex Trafficking: A Discussion with Kerri Isham”

All are welcome to register for this event, organized in collaboration with VIUFA's Status of Women Committee in support of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based violence. Fri. Dec. 10, 1 pm: “Sex Trafficking: A Discussion with Kerri Isham”   Zoom event registration link: https://www.viusu.ca/events/sex-trafficking-webinar/   Let's shine some light on a dark topic. This workshop will explore the definition of sex trafficking, who is trafficking who, luring tactics used, recruitment, barriers to [...]

Invitation to discuss VIU EDI Action Plan

TO ALL VIUFA MEMBERS: Please see the below notice sent on behalf of Sherry Mattice, Decolonization, Reconciliation, & Indigenization Standing Committee (DRISC) Chair. ************ Greetings from your VIUFA Decolonization, Reconciliation, & Indigenization Standing Committee (DRISC) Chair, Over the past few months, there has been a lot of media coverage on the Carrie Bourassa incident at the University of Saskatchewan, resulting in her status being redefined as a “pretendian”. The term pretendian refers to [...]

2021-12-02T10:13:33-08:00December 2nd, 2021|Front Page, Committee News|

Call for Time Awards applications

The VIUFA Assisted Leave Committee is pleased to announce a call for Time Awards for Fall 2022 / Spring 2023. time-award-fall-2022-spring-2023 These section releases/reassignments are available to VIUFA faculty with scholarly, creative, and research projects that are focused in scope. Interested VIUFA faculty members can apply for up to 2 sections of release/reassignment to pursue these projects. The releases cannot be banked or taken as overload. There are four (4) releases to be [...]

2021-12-02T09:51:54-08:00December 2nd, 2021|Front Page, Committee News, Member News|

Status of Women Committee: Dec. 6, 10 am Campus Event for The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Dear Colleagues. The VIUFA Status of Women Committee is honoured to host an event in recognition of The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, as part of our ongoing work to support 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. The event will take place at 10 am on December 6 in the Malaspina Theatre lobby. We are honoured to have Elder Geraldine Manson and Elder Stella Johnson offer opening [...]

2021-11-30T15:26:32-08:00November 30th, 2021|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity, Member News|

16 Days of Activism Video Campaign

The VIU Faculty Association’s Status of Women Committee called upon community leaders, service providers, educators, activists, and citizens to participate in our second annual video campaign supporting 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, an international campaign led by the United Nations. View our 2020 campaign here. This campaign runs from November 25, 2021 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10, 2021 (Human Rights Day).  Our video campaign [...]

2021-11-25T09:37:53-08:00November 25th, 2021|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity|

16 Days of Action, Nov 25 at 5pm – Oranging the Bastion

Join VIUFA's Status of Women Committee and other local organizers during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, an international campaign led by the United Nations. This campaign runs from November 25, 2021 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10, 2021 (Human Rights Day). Come advocate for inclusive, diverse, and culturally sensitive work that prioritizes anti-racism, decolonization, and gender diversity at the Nov 25 Oranging the Bastion [...]

2021-11-20T10:23:09-08:00November 20th, 2021|Women’s and Gender Equity, Front Page, Committee News|

16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, Nov 25 event

16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence is aligned with the United Nation’s campaign UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence Against Women. It is a campaign lasting from Nov. 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to Dec. 10 (Human Rights Day). The VIUFA Status of Women Committee is teaming up with Nanaimo Family Life Association’s Indigenous-informed Sexual Assault Response Program, and with the Canadian Federation of University Women (Nanaimo) [...]

2021-11-17T10:19:25-08:00November 17th, 2021|Front Page, Committee News, Women’s and Gender Equity|

Status of Women Committee call for participants: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

November 11, 2021 Dear Educators, Service Providers, Cultural Workers, and Citizens: The VIU Faculty Association’s Status of Women Committee calls upon community leaders, service providers, educators, activists, and citizens to participate in our second annual video campaign supporting 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, an international campaign led by the United Nations. This campaign runs from November 25, 2021 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10, 2021 [...]

2021-11-16T13:28:30-08:00November 16th, 2021|Women’s and Gender Equity, Front Page, Committee News|

HRISC-sponsored WorldVIU Days event

If you missed the November 1st panel discussion following the live screening of Ep3 Migration + Resilience, British Columbia: An Untold History, you can watch at your leisure, https://fb.watch/90yugUCQm8/. As well, watch the final episode of the series today, Ep4 Nature + Co-Existence!

2021-11-04T16:18:29-07:00November 4th, 2021|Front Page|

VIUFA Members Meeting Wednesday, Sep 29

NOTICE OF VIUFA GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 1:00pm Via Zoom   Topics include: ·      Review Engagement from Robbins & Company ·      Confirmation of Associate Bargainer [Agenda and draft Minutes of previous meetings to follow]

2021-09-08T15:15:04-07:00September 8th, 2021|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA Member Update Regarding Covid-19

Dear VIUFA Members, Welcome back to the earliest days of the new academic year.   I hope everyone was able to make the most of a summer break that seemed to be unrelenting in throwing challenges and uncertainties our way. In particular, the Covid-19 Delta variant appears to be quickly upending what seemed to be a well understood return to our typical ways of working.  In our sector, there are growing calls for mask [...]

2021-08-18T10:03:49-07:00August 18th, 2021|Front Page, Member News|

Statement Regarding the Kamloops Residential School

On behalf of our Vancouver Island University Faculty Association members, we express our sorrow and condolences to all of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, and especially the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation; we do so for the tragic deaths of 215 children whose remains were discovered on the Kamloops Indian Residential School site. As educators, we understand the solemn obligation we have when it comes to contributing towards healing this national wound. -- Chris Jaeger President

2021-06-01T09:17:18-07:00June 1st, 2021|Front Page|

VIUFA Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, April 28, 2021

2021 AGM & Call for Nominations Please join us at the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association, to be held on: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 10:00 a.m. Via Zoom Elections for all executive positions will follow at 12:30pm. Elections for all VIUFA Executive Positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting. Nominations can be submitted in writing to staff@viufa.ca or to any of the three Nomination Committee Members [...]

2021-04-28T16:22:25-07:00April 8th, 2021|Front Page, Member News|

Notice of VIUFA Elections

TO:                        All Members of VIU Faculty Association FROM:                 VIUFA Elections Committee: Jeff Egan, Don Alexander, Don Bowden DATE:                   Wednesday, March 10, 2021 RE:                        NOMINATIONS FOR 2021/22 EXECUTIVE MEMBERS As per VIUFA’s Constitution and Bylaws, an Elections Committee has been appointed by the Executive to receive nominations for officers for the term May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022.  Election of officers will take place at the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) on Wednesday, April [...]

2021-03-30T11:28:02-07:00March 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized, Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, April 28, 2021

NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 10:00 a.m. Via Zoom The 2021 VIUFA AGM will be held electronically via Zoom, beginning at 10:00 am on Wednesday, April 28th. You must sign into Zoom using your real name. Zoom details will be sent to the VIUFA members email list. All [...]

2021-03-30T11:27:36-07:00March 16th, 2021|Uncategorized, Front Page, Member News|

𝐇𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐇𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬: 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧’𝐬 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐠𝐠𝐥𝐞𝐬, 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧

Hosted by VIUFA Status of Women Committee in honour of International Women’s Day Sunday, March 7, 2021, 2 pm-3:30 pm Registration:  https://viu.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5IpdemhrTwsHdx2m9SZrGulBiu9T9_bFnb6 Gratitude: The VIUFA Status of Women Committee is grateful to live, work, and learn on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, the traditional territories of the Snuneymuxw, Snaw-naw- as, Quw’utsun (Cowichan), K’ómoks and Tla’amin First Nations. Photo credit: Dr. Imogene Lim. Image of protest of 2010 Winter [...]

2021-03-03T10:46:19-08:00March 3rd, 2021|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity, Uncategorized|

Zoom In: Women Making Impacts

Zoom In: Women Making Impacts is a new, video interview series featuring women from all paths of life on Vancouver Island. The series is intended to amplify women’s voices, ideas, passions, projects, labours, and visions, especially as they serve the interest of building a more just and equitable society. Founder: This series was created by Melissa Stephens in Fall 2020. She is the Chair for the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association's Status of [...]

2021-03-11T13:57:40-08:00December 8th, 2020|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity, Member News|

16 Days of Activism is Now Underway

VIUFA' Status of Women Committee and the Canadian Federation of University Women Nanaimo have teamed up to create a video campaign, orange light displays, and public banners in support of this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Video Campaign Now, more than ever, we need to make our voices heard.  We’ve been calling upon women, all genders who are disproportionately impacted by gender violence, and their allies to voice support for [...]

2021-01-27T14:15:23-08:00November 26th, 2020|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity|

Unite! Participate in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

November 9, 2020   Dear Friends and Colleagues, The UN reports of a “Shadow pandemic,” where all forms of gender-based violence have intensified as a result of Covid-19 lockdown and social distancing measures. Our current reality places women and gender minorities at further risk of violence with the loss or reduction of face-to-face support systems. Teaming Up The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW Nanaimo) and the VIU Faculty Association’s (VIUFA) Status of [...]

2020-11-18T09:58:16-08:00November 18th, 2020|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity, Member News|

VIUFA Fall Membership Meeting

NOTICE OF VIUFA GENERAL MEETING   Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:00pm via Zoom Topics include: ·       Report on Completion of Bargaining ·       Mid-Term Forum: A chance for members to share with VIUFA how they are faring [Agenda and draft Minutes of previous meetings to follow]      

2020-10-02T14:10:27-07:00October 2nd, 2020|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA Non-Regular Faculty Members Meeting

The VIUFA Executive have scheduled a meeting of all Non-Regular Faculty members as follows: Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 Time: 10:00am via Zoom Agenda: Welcome new and returning members to VIUFA – your certified trade union for instructional, non-instructional, and technical faculty at VIU; Discussion of views and needs of Non-Regular Faculty members, including the right of first refusal; Election of Non-Regular Faculty representative on the VIUFA Executive Committee Members of our Executive [...]

2020-09-24T13:03:55-07:00September 24th, 2020|Member News, Front Page, Non Regular Faculty Committee|

HRISC Resources for #BLM, Fighting Hate and Racism

Imogene Lim, VIUFA’s Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee Chair, has been gathering anti-racism resources over the summer.  These can be found in your VIU inbox under the heading, “HRISC Potpourri of Resources”. Here are some of the resources shared in early June: Resistance and Resurgence: Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada Recorded Webinar from June 8, 2020. This conversation will be centering Black voices. We ask non-Black people to witness and decentre themselves, [...]

Update on VIUFA Retroactive Pay

As promised in our email of July 29, 2020, we are providing updates on retro payments and pay scale changes as they become available. Payroll updated the VIUFA payscales on August 1st, 2020. The goal is that your biweekly pay on August 21st should reflect the change. Note that the August 21st pay may include time worked before August 1st so the first biweekly pay period that reflects the full change should be September 4th. If all [...]

2020-08-12T16:11:49-07:00August 12th, 2020|Front Page, Member News, Bargaining Bulletins|

VIUFA Tentative Settlement and Ratification Meeting

Dear VIUFA members, The Bargaining Team is pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with the Employer. We have prepared a document entitled “Tentative Settlement Information Package” that is available on the VIUFA website. It is password protected; VIUFA members should have received an email with the password. We endeavoured to provide information that is thorough but also user-friendly, and with sufficient detail and explanatory notes that members will have [...]

2020-06-04T09:22:02-07:00June 4th, 2020|Front Page, Member News, Bargaining Bulletins|

2020 Community Engagement Award Recipients

Congratulations Evangeline Clifton and Joseph Lyons, winners of the 2020 VIUFA Community Engagement Awards. VIUFA members are proud to have some incredible students in their courses. The Parodontitis Erektile Dysfunktion VIUFA Community Engagement Awards Committee had a very difficult time this year trying to select two award recipients from the seven excellent applications that were received. The Committee was quite happy to see that applications came from all across campus: Management, Education, Nursing, [...]

2021-02-24T09:34:27-08:00May 5th, 2020|Front Page|

Notice of VIUFA General Meeting, Feb 26 2020

Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 10:00am Building 200 / Room 203 Topics include: Review of the 2020-2021 proposed budget Executive appointments and call for volunteers Guest Speaker: Dr. Deborah Saucier (11:30am) Refreshments will be provided.

2020-02-04T10:38:31-08:00February 4th, 2020|Front Page, Member News|

FPSE AGM 2019 Report

Stephen Phillips of Urologe Erektile Dysfunktion the Langara Faculty Association wrote a great summary of what occurred at Federation of Post Secondary Educators Annual General Meeting and Convention, held May 13-16 in Kelowna. https://www.langarafaculty.ca/node/17570

2021-02-24T09:35:15-08:00August 26th, 2019|Front Page, FPSE|

Notice of VIUFA General Meeting (September 19)

Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on: Thursday, September 19, 2019 9:00 - 11:30am Building 300 / Room 401 Topics include: Guest Speaker: Weldon Cowan, Chair of the Board Buy testosterone enanthate in USA of Directors for the College Pension Plan Bargaining and Provincial Climate Update Refreshments will be provided.

2021-02-25T02:03:22-08:00August 22nd, 2019|Front Page, Member News|

2019 Community Engagement Award Recipients

The VIUFA Community Engagement Award honours two students who display leadership in contributing to positive, inclusive, and forward-thinking campus life. VIUFA is pleased to award the 2019 Community Engagement Awards to the following deserving students: Choco Nguyen (Masters of Educational Leadership) is an international student from Vietnam who is an active community builder within the Faculty of Education. She was hired as a language tutor, but volunteers far beyond this scope. Choco advises [...]

2021-02-25T02:02:54-08:00May 7th, 2019|Front Page|

2019 AGM & Call for Nominations

Please join us at the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association, to be held on: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Building 355, Room 203 Buffet lunch will be provided at 11:45am. Elections for all executive positions will follow at 12:30pm. Elections for all VIUFA Executive Positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting. Nominations can be submitted in writing at the VIUFA office (B360/R108) [...]

2021-04-08T14:03:27-07:00March 14th, 2019|Front Page, Member News|

Dr. Alfred Taiaiake @ VIU

VIU recently hosted Dr. Taiaiake Alfred, an Indigenous activist, author and educator, who promoted the handbook Whose Land is it Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization, in which he has an essay. Dr. Alfred spoke to students at the Nanaimo Buy Testosterone propionate in USA - discounts campus about Indigenous resurgence in the era of reconciliation. He’s coming back to VIU to speak to students at the Cowichan campus on Tuesday, March 12 at [...]

Notice of VIUFA General Meeting (March 6)

Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 1:15 – 3:45pm Building 356 / Room 109 Topics include: Review of 2019-2020 Proposed Budget Refreshments will be provided. Please see agenda here.

2019-02-19T15:29:40-08:00February 19th, 2019|Front Page, Member News|

MEMBER MEETING UPDATE: February 14th meeting rescheduled to February 27th

Due to the snow closures this week, there is a scheduling change for the two upcoming General Members’ Meetings. Our February 14th meeting is cancelled, and the ratification of bargaining proposals will take place at the February 27th meeting. We will reschedule the review of the proposed 2019-2020 budget for early March - details to follow.

2019-02-13T13:13:59-08:00February 13th, 2019|Front Page, Member News, Bargaining Bulletins|

Notice of VIUFA General Meeting (February 27)

Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:00 – 3:30pm Building Pornographie-Induzierte Erektile Dysfunktion 180 / Room 134 Topics include: Guest speaker: Dr. Ralph Nilson Ratification of VIUFA’s bargaining proposals Refreshments will be provided. Please see agenda here.

2021-02-24T09:34:06-08:00January 31st, 2019|Front Page, Member News, Bargaining Bulletins|

Bargaining Preparations

VIUFA's current Collective Agreement will expire on March 31, 2019, and preparations for bargaining have begun. Our Contract Negotiating Chair, Laura Suski, along with President Chris Jaeger, has put together the following presentation, "Introduction to Bargaining". Click on the image below to view the presentation. The presentation is password-protected with our usual password. If you don’t have the password, please contact the VIUFA Office Manager. The Contract Negotiating Committee members are: Laura Suski [...]

2018-12-12T15:09:19-08:00December 12th, 2018|Front Page, Member News|

December 6th Vigil

Please join VIU and Nanaimo community members for the December 6th Vigil: A National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. We will meet at 1 pm at the Clothesline Project (located just outside the main cafeteria), and then march to Jardin de Quatorze for a period of reflection. Sheila Malcolmson, Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP and Critic for Women’s Equality, has confirmed that she will be joining us to share news [...]

2021-02-24T09:34:20-08:00December 5th, 2018|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity, Member News|

Notice of VIUFA General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:00 – 12:30pm Building 355 Anaesthesulf Bei Erektile Dysfunktion / Room 203 Topics include: General business Executive reports Update on bargaining preparations Refreshments will be provided. See agenda here.

2021-02-24T09:35:02-08:00November 29th, 2018|Member News, Front Page|

Rise Up! An Evening of Art, Activism, and Education Monday Dec 3rd

Join us for an uprising at The View Gallery on VIU's Nanaimo campus Mon Dec 3rd 7-9pm featuring 12 inspiring literary performers, some well-established in the world of fiction, some performance poets and musicians, some emerging voices exploring other genres from feisty anti-bullying children's books to defiant stories that run the gamut from contemplative to humorous, angry to motivational. This is a community-building event nearing the end of the 16 Days of Activism [...]

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

VIU’s 16 Days of Activism Working Group—the VIU Faculty Association (VIUFA), VIU Student Union (VIUSU), and VIU CUPE staff—would like to share information about upcoming events planned for this campaign. As you know, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence runs Nov 25-Dec 10, 2018. Access our Activity Calendar of events here: http://viusu.ca/latest-news/   THIS WEEK’S EVENTS A film screening, hosted by the Status of Women Committee, including: The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and [...]

2021-02-25T02:02:47-08:00November 20th, 2018|Uncategorized, Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity|

Fair Employment Week October 22-26, 2018

              MAKE IT FAIR FOR ACADEMIC STAFF Opportunity. Security. Respect. An  increasing number of teachers at Canada’s colleges and universities are  trapped in precarious contract and part-time work. Contract and  part-time work has quietly gone from a short-term stepping stone to a  career-long condition. Many earn less than a living wage. Thousands of professors are denied the opportunity each year to participate in (and be paid for) all aspects [...]

2018-10-16T14:57:52-07:00October 16th, 2018|Front Page, Non Regular Faculty Committee, Member News|

Sisters in Spirit Vigil and the Red Dress Project

The annual Sisters in Spirit vigil in honour of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls takes place this Wednesday, October 3, from 1pm-2pm at Shq'apthut (A Gathering Place). Please see the attached poster for further details. In solidarity with the vigil and ongoing movements to educate the public about racialized, colonialist, and gender-based violence experienced by indigenous women and girls, the VIUFA Status of Women committee is collaborating with the VIU Student [...]

2018-10-01T10:42:37-07:00October 1st, 2018|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity|

Intro to Bargaining Breakfast Wednesday October 10

As we look ahead to contract negotiations in 2019, VIUFA is conducting a series of educational events and consultations with our members. Join Chief Bargainer Laura Suski and other members of the VIUFA Executive for an introduction to the local bargaining process over breakfast. Topics covered include an overview of the process to get a new contract, how we work with other BC post-secondary institutions and the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE), an update on the current [...]

2018-09-18T13:38:56-07:00September 18th, 2018|Front Page, Member News|

Non-Regular Faculty Members Meeting on Thurs, Sep. 6

The VIUFA Executive have scheduled a meeting of all Non-Regular Faculty members as follows: Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 Time: 3:30pm Place: Building 180, Room 138 Agenda: - Welcome new and returning members to VIUFA – your certified trade union for instructional, non-instructional, and technical faculty at VIU; - Discussion of views and needs of Non-Regular Faculty members, including the right of first refusal; - Election of Non-Regular Faculty representative on the VIUFA [...]

2018-08-03T14:43:36-07:00August 3rd, 2018|Front Page, Member News|

Congratulations Chantelle Spicer and Brian Azocar Brito, winners of the VIUFA Community Engagement Awards

VIUFA members are proud to have some incredible students in our courses. We recently honoured two students, Chantelle Spicer (Anthropology/First Nations Studies) and Brian Azocar Brito (Education), with the VIUFA Community Enagement Awards ($1000 each) for their commitment to making on- and off-campus communities better. Read about their wonderful work below. Congratulations Chantelle and Brian! *********************************** Chantelle Spicer is a double major in Anthropology and First Nations Studies. She has undertaken key sustainability initiatives [...]

2018-05-01T13:39:21-07:00May 1st, 2018|Front Page|

2018 AGM & Call for Nominations

Please join us at the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association, to be held on: Friday, April 27, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Building 355, Room 203 Buffet lunch will be provided at 11:45am. Elections for all executive positions will follow at 1:30pm. Elections for all VIUFA Executive Positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting. Nominations can be submitted in writing at the VIUFA office (B360/R108) [...]

2018-05-09T14:34:06-07:00April 17th, 2018|Front Page, Member News|

Notice of 2018 Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018 10:00 a.m. Building 355 / Room 203 Lunch will be provided at 11:45 a.m. Elections and remaining Agenda items will follow at 1:00 p.m.  

2018-03-29T10:54:44-07:00March 29th, 2018|Front Page, Member News|

“Why Remember? What Can the Dispossession of Japanese Canadians Teach Us 75 Years Later?”

"Why Remember? What Can the Dispossession of Japanese Canadians Teach Us 75 Years Later?" Join us for a talk by Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross, History Department, University of Victoria and Director of The Landscapes of Injustice Project. "Landscapes of Injustice, A history all Canadians should know.  During the 1940's Canada enacted mass displacement and dispossession of people on racial grounds, a collective moral failure that remains only partially addressed. Japanese Canadians lost their homes, farms, [...]

Our People Will Be Healed, Our People Will Be Heard: A Fundraising Film Event

Our People Will Be Healed, Our People Will Be Heard: A Fundraising Film Event will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 1pm-4pm at VIU Duncan Campus (Building 700, Room 140). It aims to raise awareness and generate discussion on strategies for indigenizing education. Admission is by donation and proceeds will be given to Red Will Womyn's Family Society, a grassroots non-profit agency supporting Aboriginal womyn and their families. This event is [...]

2021-02-24T09:35:22-08:00March 9th, 2018|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity|

Celebrate International Women’s Day March 8th

Please join VIUFA Status of Women Committee and VIUSU for International Women's Day to celebrate the work of women in our communities near and far- and to be inspired for what comes next. We are pleased to be joined by our Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson (who you may have recently seen directly calling on the government for better protections regarding gender-based violence) and a musical performance by Shruti Ramani...with more guest speakers to [...]

2018-02-20T21:53:16-08:00February 20th, 2018|Uncategorized, Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity|

UPDATE re 2018 VIUFA Community Engagement Award

To all VIUFA Members: We have extended the deadline for submitting nominations from March 1st to Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.   An updated application is attached. 2018 Comm. Engage. Award ============================================= The time has come once again to nominate a student for the fifth annual Community Engagement Award. As you may recall, members approved the 2017/18 budget at last year's AGM which included an increase from $1,000 to $2,000 for this [...]

2018-03-01T13:48:29-08:00February 2nd, 2018|Front Page, Member News|

Nanaimo Women March On – Jan. 20th

NANAIMO – On January 20th, Nanaimo’s second annual women’s rights demonstration is scheduled to begin at Diana Krall Plaza at 10:00 AM. The end of the march route is Maffeo Sutton Park where there will be speakers, performances, and activities until 12:00 PM. The goal of Nanaimo Women March On 2018 is to raise awareness of women’s rights issues, amplify the voices of minority women, and encourage local community building and to motivate [...]

2018-01-18T14:01:56-08:00January 18th, 2018|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity|

Job Posting: Office Manager (Permanent, Part-Time)

VIUFA Office Manager Posting (PDF) A permanent part-time position is available as Office Manager for the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association (“VIUFA”).  It comprises 28 hours per week (Tuesday to Friday). VIUFA is the Union representing approximately 600 full and part time members at Vancouver Island University.  The membership of the VIUFA includes professors, instructors, Elders, counselors, technicians, librarians and advisors. Duties: The Office Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the [...]

2018-01-16T10:06:52-08:00January 15th, 2018|Front Page, Job Postings at VIUFA|

Position Statement re: Sexual Harassment on Campus

Several members of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association (VIUFA) experienced sexual harassment by a student for more than a year. Harassment in the workplace, the Vancouver Island University (VIU) community, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.   Upon review of the facts, in consultation with the victims and upon review of portions of the investigator’s report, VIUFA takes the position that actions taken by VIU were neither reasonable nor appropriate. VIU focused [...]

2017-12-19T18:03:21-08:00December 19th, 2017|Member News, Front Page|

#ClotheslineProject Launch

Today is the first day of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. We have pitched the #ClotheslineProject outside the cafeteria in the upper quad. There are clothespins waiting Erektile Dysfunktion Skat for your message: bring a towel, shirt, pillowcase, and post a message to support the elimination of gender-based violence and to raise awareness of what we can do to change our culture for the better! Spread the word. Learn. Listen. Participate and [...]

2021-02-24T09:34:55-08:00November 27th, 2017|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity|

VIUFA Launches New Non-Regular Professional Development Fund

UPDATE: The funding source mentioned below is no longer in use. Instead, all non-regular faculty can apply for funding via the SRCA website. Here is the link: https://research.viu.ca/internal-funding-opportunities.  - Sept. 2020 ~~~~~~~~~~ Following a vote by the membership at the 2017 VIUFA AGM, a $2000/year professional development fund for non-regular members has been established. This fund is meant for non-regulars who are ineligible for the Travel and Conference Proceedings Fund (i.e. less than [...]

2020-09-29T10:57:14-07:00November 23rd, 2017|Front Page, Professional & Scholarly Development|

City of Nanaimo Proclamation: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The City of Nanaimo recently proclaimed November 25-December 10 to be Unite to End Violence Against Women days. Read the full proclamation below. SaveSave SaveSave

2021-11-22T13:13:05-08:00November 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized, Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity|

VIUFA Statement Concerning Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

In Buy testosterone enanthate in USA enanthate solo course :Global Dressage Forum North America response to yesterday's Globe and Mail article, Melissa Stephens, VIUFA's Status of Women Chair posted the following to the VIU Status of Women Facebook page: VIUFA condemns all forms of harassment. We support and advocate for faculty who experience this violence on campus.   At a time when women, in particular, are speaking out against sexual violence and receiving [...]

2021-02-25T02:03:00-08:00November 14th, 2017|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity|

Suggested letter to politicians – template

Hello VIUFA members, If you wish to write to our provincial politicians to voice your opinions regarding resources for post-secondary education, Professor Don Alexander has provided us with a partial template you can access by clicking on the link set out below.  This was the letter he wrote, however, you would have to adapt it for your own purposes as some of the references are departmentally-specific.  If you need proper email addresses, please [...]

2017-11-02T09:40:51-07:00November 1st, 2017|Front Page|

VIUFA University Budgetary Analysis Committee Seeking Members

The VIUFA University Budgetary Analysis Committee needs members. The activities of this committee are: Collect and collate VIU financial data Request data from relevant sources as required Analyze data Present data and analysis to VIFUA Executive and VIUFA membership, as requested or where the committee deems it to be of value to the membership Prepare financial data and reports to support bargaining If indicated, prepare financial data and reports to assist VIUFA in [...]

2017-10-31T13:51:55-07:00October 31st, 2017|Front Page, University Budget Analysis Committee|

Play: Be a Man – Sept 30/Oct 1

An original play by Kismet Theatre Collective. Real stories of what it is like to grow up with society's ideas of what manhood should be. All proceeds go to Haven Society's Men Choose Respect Program. September 30/Oct 1st. Tix 20$/adults 15$/students and seniors. Available at Kismet Theatre Academy, Haven Society, and the Romper Room. Co-sponsored by the VIU Status of Women committee.

2017-09-22T11:51:45-07:00September 22nd, 2017|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity, Member News|

“The Stairs” Screening – Oct. 3

The Stairs documentary follows current and past drug users in Toronto's Regent Park. Free public Buy Testosterone propionate in USA screening Tue Oct 3 7pm VIU Theatre 310. Director Hugh Gibson will address the audience and answer questions. Made over five years, the film is being hailed for its humanistic, real, and non-judgmental treatment of addiction. Its release is timely given discussions about harm reduction policies and programs in our community. Sponsored by [...]

Dr. Stefanie Falz – 6 Months in South Sudan

Join VIUFA's Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee, Reaching Out Assisting Refugees, VIU World University Service of Canada, and the VIU Positive Space Alliance for a presentation by Dr. Stefanie Falz on her experiences in South Sudan and a short presentation on the current situation of LGBT refugees and what can be done about it. Open to all, free (but donations to ROAR gratefully accepted). Friday, September 22nd, 7-9pm VIU Nanaimo Campus, Building [...]

VIUFA PD Show & Tell and Welcome Back BBQ

Date:    Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Time:    3:00 to 6:00 p.m. (BBQ at 4:30) Location:   300/401 - Royal Arbutus Room (and outside deck, weather permitting) Agenda: Professional Development (PD) Show & Tell:  Did you have an interesting PD experience this past year?  Tell your colleagues about it in a maximum 8 minutes.  Bring an object, use a slide deck, or just talk.  A computer and projector will be available, but there’s no [...]

2017-08-21T19:17:49-07:00August 21st, 2017|Front Page, Member News|

2017 AGM & Executive Reports

To all VIUFA members: Please be sure to join us for this year's Annual General Meeting as follows: Date:  Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Time:  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location:  Royal Arbutus Room Please click on the links below for an updated Agenda and Executive reports.  All reports, the 2015/16 Financial Statements, and the 2017/18 Budget are attached. Buffet lunch will be served at 11:45 AM. We look forward to seeing you then. [...]

2017-04-25T18:12:23-07:00April 21st, 2017|Front Page|

2017 VIUFA Community Engagement Award

  The time has come once again, VIUFA members, to nominate a student for the fourth annual Community Engagement Award. As you know, the $1,000 award honours students who have made a positive contribution to Vancouver Island University campus life through activism and community engagement. The award will be given to an outstanding student (or two Ratiopharm Erektile Dysfunktion students depending on the number of applicants) who demonstrate(s) exceptional citizenship within the University [...]

2021-02-24T09:34:48-08:00January 27th, 2017|Front Page, Member News|

C.I.E.L. Posting

You may or may not have seen a current Posting [#17-4006] for the position of "Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist" in the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning. It is posted as a temporary full-time position to run from August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2019. If you are interested after reviewing the posting description and the required qualifications, please note the following statement in the Duties' section: "The Centre is seeking [...]

2021-02-24T09:33:18-08:00January 26th, 2017|Member News, Front Page|

VIUFA Non-Regular (Sessional) Faculty Meeting

TO ALL VIUFA NON-REGULAR (SESSIONAL) FACULTY MEMBERS: We have scheduled a meeting for all Non-Regular (Sessional) faculty members as follows: Date: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Place: Bldg. 355, Room 211 (Lounge) The agenda will be: Welcome new and returning members to VIUFA (your trade union for all academic professors, instructors, counsellors, faculty advisors, librarians and technicians at VIU); Discuss views and needs of Non-Regular Faculty members, including the [...]

2017-08-16T14:29:49-07:00September 28th, 2016|Front Page|

31-Aug-2016 Welcome BBQ and Meeting

TO ALL NEW AND RETURNING VIUFA MEMBERS: REMINDER of our meeting and BBQ as follows: Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Time: 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Location: Bldg. 300 – Royal Arbutus Room and outside deck Agenda: Brief general meeting to ratify appointment of Disability Management & Rehabilitation rep. Professional Development (PD) Slam – Did you have an interesting PD experience this year? Tell your colleagues about it in 3 minutes. Bring an object, [...]

2016-07-29T13:59:10-07:00July 29th, 2016|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA 2016 Annual General Meeting

TO ALL VIUFA MEMBERS: Please be sure to mark your calendars for the 2016 Annual General Meeting set for Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 10 AM to 2 PM in Bldg 355, Lecture Theatre (203). Lunch will be served across the hall in the Lounge (Room 211) from 11:45 to 12:45. Elections will follow the lunch break. The Notice of Meeting is attached and a 3-page memo from the Elections Committee which includes [...]

2016-03-16T09:33:41-07:00March 16th, 2016|Front Page, Member News|

Clarification of Changes to Benefits

VIUFA members, Please see the following notice and attached document from Colleen Price, VIUFA's Chief Steward, that was emailed to regular VIUFA members on Feb. 16, 2016: In response to several inquiries, please review this e-mail and the attached document. Visits to paramedicals (physio, chiropractors, massage therapy, etc.) are counted on a calendar year basis and so each January 1, a new claim period starts. Note the co-pay (deductible) is now $50 for [...]

2016-02-17T09:22:01-08:00February 17th, 2016|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA Community Engagement Award (2016)

The time has come again, VIUFA members, to nominate a student for the third annual Community Engagement Award. As you know, the $1,000 award honours students who have made a positive contribution to Vancouver Island University campus life through activism and community engagement. The award will be given to an outstanding student who demonstrates exceptional citizenship within the University community.  It is disbursed annually by the VIUFA Executive (through the VIU Foundation office) [...]

2021-02-24T09:33:38-08:00January 7th, 2016|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA to Sponsor a Syrian Refugee Student

The Executive is pleased to announce that the following motion was carried unanimously by VIUFA members who attended the October 28, 2015 General Meeting: "That VIUFA support a Syrian student at VIU through the WUSC program for 1 year with the intent of continuing for 3 more years, and with an initial donation of $10,000 by VIUFA." The cost for 1 student for 1 year is $25,000 to cover transportation, tuition, housing, meals, [...]

2015-11-05T14:07:33-08:00November 4th, 2015|Member News, Front Page|

Non-Instructional meeting schedule

Hello fellow VIUFA non-instructional members, I have arranged a schedule of monthly brown bag lunch meetings for VIUFA non-instructional members. The purpose of this meeting is to provide a forum for non-instructional VIUFA members to connect with each other and to have an ‘ear to the ground’ regarding issues of relevance to this sub-grouping of the VIUFA collective membership. As a diverse employee group, it is expected that both common interests and concerns [...]

2015-10-13T18:19:30-07:00October 12th, 2015|Front Page, Non Instructional Faculty Committee|

VIUFA 2015 Community Engagement Award Winners

We are pleased to announce that there were two winners this year of our Community Engagement Award . . . congratulations to Sacia Burton and Rosa He. We received eight very impressive applications this year, and selecting a winner (or in this case winners) from the eight was not an easy task for the Selection Committee. Thank you to the VIUFA Faculty members who nominated these excellent student candidates.

2015-05-20T13:11:36-07:00May 20th, 2015|Front Page|

2015-2016 VIUFA Executive

Please click on the link below for a list of the 2015-2016 VIUFA Executive elected at the Annual General Meeting on April 28, 2015: 2015-2016 VIUFA Executive    

2015-05-14T14:22:44-07:00May 14th, 2015|Front Page|

VIU designates 22 “non-gendered” washrooms at Nanaimo campus

Sent on behalf of the Positive Space Alliance, the Human Rights Advisory Committee, and Katrin Roth von Szepesbela, Director, Human Rights and Respectful Workplace  VIU recently designated 22 single-stall washrooms at the Nanaimo campus as “non-gendered.” These washrooms are no longer marked for use with the symbol designating use by men or women, and are now open for use by anyone who wishes to use them (see attached image of the new door [...]

VIU and VIUFA announce agreement for Elders in Residence

VIU's Office of the President and Vancouver Island University Faculty Association announce agreement for Elders in Residence A Letter of Agreement between Vancouver Island University and the VIU Faculty Association was signed on February 26, 2015 to properly honour the important and distinctive role the Elders-in-Residence hold in the University’s community. The first of its kind in British Columbia post-secondary institutions, this agreement is the result of a commitment outlined in VIU’s Academic [...]

2021-02-25T02:03:15-08:00April 24th, 2015|Front Page, Bargaining Bulletins|

VIUFA 2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

TO ALL VIUFA MEMBERS: Please be sure to mark your calendars for the 2015 Annual General Meeting set for Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 10 AM to 2 PM in Bldg 355, Lecture Theatre (203).  Lunch will be served across the hall in the Lounge (Room 211) from 11:45 to 12:45. Elections will follow the lunch break.  The Notice of Meeting is attached and a 3-page memo from the Elections Committee which includes [...]

2015-04-06T16:38:56-07:00April 6th, 2015|Front Page, Member News|

FPSE launches Open the Doors campaign

We’ve all seen how chronic underfunding of post-secondary education has affected our faculty, our students, and their families. Since 2001, per-student operating grants have dropped 20 percent in BC, and the burden has been passed to students and their families in the form of increased user fees, record levels of debt, and shrinking program opportunities. The provincial government tells us we can’t afford to invest in post-secondary education, and that some programs deserve [...]

2015-03-19T13:42:45-07:00March 19th, 2015|Front Page, FPSE|

VIUFA Community Engagement Award 2015

The time has come again, VIUFA members, to nominate a student for the second annual Community Engagement Award. As you know, the $1,000 award honours students who have made a positive contribution to Vancouver Island University campus life through activism and community engagement. The award will be given to an outstanding student who demonstrates exceptional citizenship within the University community.  It is disbursed annually by the VIUFA Executive following deliberations on candidates nominated [...]

2015-01-16T11:31:49-08:00January 16th, 2015|Front Page|

VIUFA 2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Event: VIUFA 2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: Building 355, Lounge/Meeting Room 211 Given the difficulty in finding an available location at this busy time of year and conflicting meeting schedules, we were able to arrange the date, time and location set out above as a compromise. The meeting will begin with lunch at 11:30 a.m., and elections will begin at 12:15 p.m. (between morning and [...]

2014-04-04T16:50:12-07:00April 4th, 2014|Front Page, Member Resources|

December 6 is a Canadian day of mourning

Dec 6: Gather with us at 5:30 in Diana Krall Plaza, light a candle, and join in remembering the 14 female engineering students shot by Marc Lépine at Ecole Polytechnique on this date in 1989. December 6 is a Canadian day of mourning not only for these 14 female students, but for all girls and women who have been victims of violence – in BC we particularly remember our sisters in spirit, the [...]

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2012-03-29T11:57:26-07:00March 26th, 2011|Front Page|
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