AlumniED Newsletter - Summer 2015 Convocation Issue

Dean's Message from Dr. Harry Janzen


Greetings and welcome to the latest Convocation issue of our AlumniED newsletter. The newsletter serves to keep our Alumni and teaching colleagues up to date with news from our Education programs and our program graduates. Convocation offers an opportunity to reflect on our students' successes and to congratulate our deserved graduates.

Our June 3rd Convocation celebrated the success of our Bachelor of Education program graduates. 50 enthusiastic grads are eager to begin their teaching careers after 3.5 years in our Bachelor of Education program.

This Spring , 98 schools in 17 districts supported our student teachers on practica, program-wide. Thanks to our sponsor teachers, along with our faculty supervisors and district colleagues who collectively help our student teachers achieve their career and personal goals.

Our students were also supported by 1 First Nations school and 15 international placements were hosted in Belize, China, Thailand, Korea and Columbia.

Along with our undergraduate programs, 32 graduates from our Masters of Education in Educational Leadership (MEDL) degree program were formally recognized for their accomplishments along with 17 students from our Online Learning and Teaching graduate Diploma program (OLTD.) Our Post-Degree Diploma in Special Education Teacher Specialty also welcomes new graduate, Sara York.

Our graduate diploma and degree programs offer AlumniED partners the opportunity to continue their pursuit of life-long learning opportunities.

VIU Education Program grads continue to support student success in our schools locally, nationally and internationally. Congratulations to all our graduates-- past and present.

Dr. Harry Janzen, Dean, Faculty of Education

June 3, 2015 -- Convocation Celebrations

June 3rd was the date for our most recent Convocation ceremony, recognizing our Faculty of Education program graduates. Convocation is held twice yearly at Nanaimo's Port Theatre. This semester's celebration was just that as administration, faculty, family and friends gathered to join in our students' successes.

VIU Chancellor, Louise Mandell , offered words of congratulations and encouragement and Education graduates Tegan Ferguson and Caitlyn Sabtan eloquently shared Co-Valectorian duties.

During the ceremony, Dr. Skye Creba, was awarded the VIU Distinguished Alumni --Early Achievement Award for her accomplishments in the field of medicine. After completing a Science degree at VIU and her degree in medicine in 2010 at the University of Calgary, Skye returned home to embark on a family practice residency in Nanaimo through the University of British Columbia (UBC). The following year, she completed specialty residency training in emergency medicine through UBC on the lower mainland. Skye returned to Nanaimo once again in July 2013 to begin her full-time position in the emergency room at NRGH.

Of special note, MEDL graduate Julia Armstrong received the distinguished Governor General's Gold Award for academic excellence. The Governor General's Academic Medal (Gold) is awarded to the student graduating with the highest grade point average from a Canadian university graduate program. Congratulations Julia!

Vancouver Island First Nations artist Art Vickers received the 2015 Honorary Doctorate of Letters from VIU for his body of work celebrating First Nations culture.

The latest Convocation web cast is available from the archive here.

Photos are available on VIU's Facebook page.

VIU Graduate Programs- The Journey Continues...

Graduate programs at VIU's Faculty of Education are well known for providing personalized learning through a cohort model. The cohort model is an important factor in building community and offering a support network for you as you work through a graduate degree program.VIU's Faculty of Education is also well known for supporting rich connections between our students and the communities in which they work and live. With responsive, knowledgeable instructors and supervisors, our students are able to leverage a variety of rich learning opportunities toward successful completion of their Master of Education.

The Faculty of Education is proud to offer these exciting graduate programs-- both diploma and degree offerings-- to meet the needs of educators wishing to pursue further education at a graduate level.


Featured Graduate:
Sean Broderick

I completed my B.A. in 1999 and my B.Ed. (Post-Baccalaureate -Elementary) in 2001, both at VIU. I was fortunate to be hired on as a high school and ESL teacher at The High School at VIU, where I worked from 2001 to 2009.

In 2009, I took a teaching position with Qikiqtani School Operations (QSO) in the Nunavut community of Igloolik. Igloolik is the name of both the community and the small island it is located on, at the tip of the Melville Peninsula, near the entrance of Hecla Strait. Igloolik is a small Inuit community of about 1800 people located at 69°22′34″N 081°47′58″W and is approximately 300 km above the Arctic Circle.

I spent five years at Ataguttaaluk High School as a teacher, Vice-Principal and Principal. The experience was both challenging and rewarding. The community is very traditional and most students still speak Inuktitut growing up at home. I have had many opportunities to be out on the land with the school and students as well as on my own time.

I am currently on educational leave to work on my Masters in Educational Leadership at VIU. It has been an amazing year! The program has more than exceeded my expectations, and I have spent an entire year at home with my family. I will be heading back to work in mid-August as High School Program Consultant for QSO. The next job involves a lot of traveling between the 13 communities located at the very top of Nunavut. Working in Nunavut has opened my eyes about our country. It is a place more people need to see. That being said, the environment, the isolation, and the challenges are not for everyone.

If you think you might be interested in working in the territory, talk to someone like myself who has spent time there before committing. Do your homework.

I will leave my contact information with Mary O’Neill if anyone wants to talk to me in person.

For more info about Igloolik and Nunavut, check out: Nunavut Tourism: Igloolik.

Sean Broderick, Grad 2001

VIU's Alumni Office Welcomes Education Grads!

We would like to welcome all Education grads to the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Alumni Association.  With the completion of your studies, you join a network of more than 75,000 graduates world-wide!

The VIU Alumni Association wants to stay connected with you. Please take a moment to update your contact information at VIU Alumni so that you can find out more information on your Alumni Association and receive your free alumni benefit card.

Your benefit card allows you to enjoy discounted rates in the community and on campus. Just a few of our current partners include:

The Alumni Relations office would love to hear from you.  Please give us a call at 250-740-6215 or email if you have any questions or need anything. All the best!



David Forrester,

Manager, VIU Annual Campaign and Alumni Relations

Maxwell Cameron Award Winners

The Maxwell Cameron Award for educational excellence was awarded this semester to Britteny Ohs, graduating from our Bachelor of Education program. The B.C. Teachers’ Federation grants this award to students completing the final year of a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary or Elementary teaching who, in the opinion of instructors in the Education faculty, are outstanding students in the graduating class. Congratulations Britteny!

Recent Hirings

Well over two thousand 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 current Recent Hirings page and be sure to share an update on your current teaching status. Teaching overseas? We would love to share your story too!

Be sure to update your contact Information via VIU's Alumni Relations department to stay ConnectED.

 Read the latest issue of VIU's Journey Alumni magazine celebrating over 75 years of excellence in Education.

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