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  • Deb Saucier receiving the Indigenous Women in Leadership Award

    March Blog Post

    Welcome to March! March is a time of change and transition. The vernal equinox is on Saturday, March 20, which is officially the start of spring. The days are not only getting longer, they are also getting milder and warmer. The deer are happily eating my tulips, some of the shrubs on my walk are...

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    Recognizing Black History Month

    Black History Month begins today in Canada. Black History Month was established to “celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.” As we work to...

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  • Dr. Deb Saucier, VIU President and Vice-Chancellor

    January Blog

    January is a strange month. Perhaps it is because it is on the other side of many holidays. Perhaps it is because the days are finally getting longer and things are starting to sprout in the garden. Perhaps it is the start of a new term.  I thought I would start this blog with a snip of a poem by...

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  • A Different Kind of University draft strategic plan

    Engage in the next phase of VIU's strategic planning process

    Dear VIU Community, I'm excited to announce that the next phase of VIU’s strategic planning process has arrived. From November 2 - 27, we would like to have your feedback on the first draft of the plan, which was created from the community input we received last spring and summer. Since then, we...

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  • Deb Saucier gets a haircut at the VIU Salon

    October/November Blog

    I’ve been spending some time on campus since the start of term and noticed, when wandering around, that I’ve been running into more people. Often this is on my way to the Mount Benson Market to grab a morning coffee, or around 2 pm for an afternoon snack. I highly recommend the sandwiches, the...

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  • Thanksgiving message from VIU President Dr. Deb Saucier

    A Message of Thanksgiving

    I wanted to take a moment to wish all of our students and employees a happy, safe and healthy Thanksgiving long weekend. I know this year’s Thanksgiving may look different from the traditions many of us usually observe and some of us are having to find new ways to celebrate. This has given me pause...

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  • Dr. Deb Saucier, VIU President and Vice-Chancellor

    September Blog Post

    My apologies for not blogging over the past few months, but the events since March have made time for reflection and writing scarce. Further, “Zoom Fatigue” sapped most of my creative juices. The best I could do over the summer was go back to first principles, which for me is collaboration and...

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    April Blog Post

    I am writing this from my home office, which is above my garage. It is a bright and sunny day and I am happily perched among the Douglas fir and cedar trees that line my driveway. The birds are zipping around, and I am on my third piece of toast. I feel remarkably blessed to work in such a...

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    March Blog Post

    “Beware the ides of March” (Julius Caesar, Act 1, Sc.2) Although I remember the phrase, I had no idea what date this referred to. After a quick search, I found out that it is March 15. Ides, it turns out, is a term the Romans used to refer to the middle of any month. Turns out the Romans didn’t...

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  • Dr. Deb Saucier, VIU President and Vice-Chancellor, at Convocation

    February Blog Post

    We are about halfway through winter, and so far this month we have experienced snow, fog, rain and blinding sun. And yet signs of spring are everywhere. I see crocuses popping up, Canada geese flying overhead and there are buds on the trees. The air is softer, the sun is coming up a bit earlier...

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