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Student Leadership Circle

What is the Student Leadership Circle?

The Student Leadership Circle (SLC) aims to build and host professional development workshops for all VIU student leaders. SLC is dedicated to leadership development and the cultivation of collaboration between student leaders on campus. Each workshop is designed to target at least one relevant skill and/or VIU Graduate Attribute. The SLC provides an opportunity to equip students with tools that can be applied to their personal and professional lives.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Student Leadership Circle (SLC) is to develop leadership assets, cultivate collaboration and unity between student leaders on campus through professional development workshops which target VIU’s Graduate Attributes.


VIU's Graduate Attributes fall under three pillars: Literacies, Intellectual and Practical Skills, and Civic Engagement. Click the link below to learn more!

VIU's Graduate Attributes

Connect. Reflect. Empower.

Co-Curricular Engagement Achievement Award

This award is presented to students by which have developed relevant skills through the VIU Graduate Attributes and have met the community engagement requirements outlined by the SLC. The students will obtain the following: a greater depth of knowledge and understanding of themselves, their peers and people; stronger connection with VIU’s leadership groups and the community at VIU; online recognition of co-curricular experience; and an ability to apply VIU Graduate Attributes to their professional life.




  • Attending all SLC Workshops - 6 hours (if meeting missed, to make up hours - contact Chair or Vice-Chair)
  • Reflection component of leadership experience - 1 hour
  • Volunteer on campus or within community 2 hours
  • Vancouver Island Leadership Conference 14 hours
  • Reflection of Leadership experience 1 hour



  • Each awardee will receive an official certificate of recognition and a Co-Curricular Record notation.
  • This is an opportunity for individuals to collaborate with others and build their networks.
  • Better equipped for professional settings, i.e interviews, presentations, etc.

Past Recipients

Past Recipients

Here is a list of some of our past recipients of the award:

Amber Lease, Amber Rose, Dhiya Joseph, Haeli Martens, Hailee McMillan, Joel Hampson, Jonah Ferguson, Madi Rosenau, Nikita DeSouza, Omar Espinoza, Payton Berrigan, Sean Pletz, Shelby McLean, Shoib Mohammed, Taylor LeBrun, Tiger Zhao, Victoria Ross, Dani Dan, Donald Louch, Gaurav Jethani, Sai Huynh.

Student Leaders


Payton Berrigan


Originally from Kelowna, British Columbia, Payton is a 4th year student studying Psychology at VIU. She has been working with the Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning for the past year, and couldn’t wait to accept the position as SLC’s Chair! Payton has always been a motivated worker and is constantly looking for ways to get involved in the community around her.


Scotia Brailsford


Coming from Hamilton Ontario, Scotia is at VIU to complete a post-degree diploma in Fisheries and Aquaculture. She is excited to take the skills she developed during her undergrad - where she volunteered as an Orientation Week Leader and was an executive of her university’s outdoors club - and apply them at VIU. She is excited to see where the SLC takes her this year, and she always welcomes anyone to connect with her!


Ashley Sandhu

Outreach Leader

I am originally from Vancouver, and am a second-year nursing student. I also work as a Student Wellness Promoter with the Talk To Me Program at VIU. I was very excited to join the Student Leadership Circle as Outreach Leader to help students connect virtually in order to gain knowledge and skills to build their portfolios. I love being outdoors and I really appreciate the beauty in nature. I look forward to expanding my social connections within the VIU community and getting to know you all!


Harmeen Kaur

Workshop Planner

I am an MBA student from Germany. This is my first year at VIU, but back in 2016, I did a semester at Trent University, Ontario. I had a great time at Trent, which motivated me to come back to Canada and do my Masters. I am interested in building new connections and working with others to develop new skills. I have volunteered for organizations in Germany and helped other students to build their skills and believe in their dreams. As an SLC workshop planner, I hope to support students with useful workshops filled with new experiences and skills!



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