AlumniED Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2010 Convocation Issue

photo of Dr. Harry JanzenDean's Message from Dr. Harry Janzen

Greetings and welcome to the Spring/Summer 2010 Convocation issue of our Alumni ED Newsletter.

Convocation offers an opportunity to reflect on our successes over another academic year and to congratulate our deserved graduates. This semester I am especially pleased to congratulate the first cohort of 25 students graduating from our Masters in Educational Leadership program. These working professionals will now share their expertise with students and school districts here on Vancouver Island and beyond.

Also deserving special congratulations is Master's student, Barbara McLaughlin, who was recently awarded the prestigious Governor General Gold Medal award for academic excellence in an graduate program.

Our program offerings continue to grow. We are please to announce the addition of a second Master's program which joins our current Masters in Educational Leadership which has now enrolled its' second cohort of teaching professionals. Our new program is a Masters in Special Education and will begin in September of this year.

As well, a new cohort of students has recently enrolled in our Part-Time Post Baccalaureate program which is a new offering in the Courtney-Comox area. Students are working professionals with a prior degree who wish to obtain an Education degree. The program is modeled on the successful Saanich program which recently completed.

VIU's Faculty of Education continues to fill the need for qualified, certified and enthusiastic educators, both here and abroad. Congratulations to all our graduates-- past and present.

Dr. Harry Janzen, Dean, Faculty of Education

Spring/Summer Convocation 2010

The Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, receives a gift of a ceremonial First Nations paddle from VIU

The Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, receives a gift of a ceremonial First Nations paddle from the University.
(Photo courtesy Communications and Public Relations)

Convocation is always an exciting event here at VIU and our recent graduation celebration was no exception. On Tuesday, June 1st, 15 students graduated with their Bachelor of Education degrees from our Concurrent and Post-Baccalaureate and Masters programs.

We wish these new graduates much success as they enter the teaching profession:


  • Gillian Bouska
  • Patricia Carter
  • Sonya Effors
  • Jesse Fuchs
  • Mary-Jo Fulmer
  • Josh Gellman
  • David Janz
  • Jennifer Johnson
  • Lillian Jones
  • Matt Koebernick
  • Lorna Luxemburger
  • Tresa Marshall
  • Shelia McKee
  • Kim Petersen
  • Courtney Thiessen
  • Pamela Walker


As well, we were pleased to congratulate our first cohort of students who have successfully completed their Masters in Educational Leadership degree. All 25 students attended Convocation!


  • Kyla Anderson
  • Maria Austin
  • Marcy Boudreau
  • Carrie Boyden
  • Robert Brooks
  • Esther Brown
  • Natalie Chelsom
  • Keith Chicquen
  • Daniel Companion
  • Krista Dillon
  • Denise Ell- Mansueti
  • Danielle Garner
  • Lori-Ann Hryniuk
  • Francine Johnny
  • Twila Konynerbelt
  • Vanessa MacDowell
  • Barbara mcLaughlin
  • Janelle Mould
  • Kimberley Murcheson
  • Rachel Nelson
  • Louise Andree Soucy
  • Kathryn Standing
  • Stephanie Stephens
  • Laura Tait
  • Theresa Watson


Congratulations and best wishes to each of you.

Our Youngest Graduate?

Education grad Chelsey Dollman shares the stage with her daughter, Ava, who also sported cap and gown. VIU President Dr. Ralph Neilsen (right) offers congratulations to the whole family.

Chelsey Dollman graduated from our Post-Baccalaureate program last January. She was happy to share the stage with her daughter, Ava, who also sported cap and gown. VIU President Dr. Ralph Neilsen (right) offers congratulations to the whole family.

Barb McLeod Retires

Barb McLeod


We are pleased to celebrate Barbara Mcleod's upcoming retirement but very sad to sorry to see her go. Thanks to Barb for sharing her wisdom, enthusiasm and unique talents with our many students and grads over her 13 years here at VIU and Malaspina.

 As a special honour, our Year 5 Post-Bacc students choreographed a flash mob dance at VIU to celebrate Barb and her retirement.

 Her passion for teaching and learning will carry on in the daily practice of each of the students she has shared with.

Thank you Barb!


Recent Hirings

Well over 1500 students have graduated from the Faculty of Education since our inception in 1989. If you are one of them please contact us to update your employment status and be added to our growing list of graduates teaching in schools locally, nationally and internationally.

Please visit our Recent Hirings page and update your contact Information via VIU's Alumni Relations department.

Quotes from Our Graduates...

"...If I could say anything to all of the recent and future graduates in this budget restrained environment- it would be to leave yourself open to all the possibilities that a degree in Education can offer you- don't put yourself into a "high school Social Studies teacher" box- or any box for that matter! There are lots of rich and wonderful opportunities waiting for you to step into."
Karla Ryan, Post Bacc program grad, January 2010

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