Student Affairs Foundation Plan

VIU's 2022-27 Foundation Plan for Student Affairs

Enter with Curiosity; Leave with Confidence

VIU recently created its new five-year Strategic Plan, People, Place, Potential, which builds on the University's commitment to supporting learners through our values of understanding, connection and commitment. The Division of Student Affairs is now engaging in work to develop VIU's 2022-2027 Foundation Plan for Student Affairs, which will align with the 6 commitments found in VIU's Strategic Plan, People, Place, Potential. We encourage you to take part in this important work, and provide your valuable input in one of the ways outlined below.  

Vancouver Island University has engaged in integrated planning for a number of years and as a part of this planning has engaged specific divisions to develop strategic plans in alignment with the University's Strategic Plan.  

The last strategic plan for Student Affairs, the Student Affairs Strategic Frameworkwas completed in 2018 as an outcome of the early Academic Plans (2011, 2016).  In 2019, VIU welcomed our new President, Dr. Deborah Saucier, and work started on a Strategic Plan. Once VIU's Strategic Plan was approved by VIU's Board of Governors, we began to work on the Foundational Plan for Student Affairs, 2022-2027. Much change has occurred since 2018, and it was important to reflect on our strengths, areas to improve and enhance, and review the Fall 2021 Student Success Survey in order to hear from our students directly. 

Student Affairs at Vancouver Island University plays a critical role in supporting student success by providing wrap-around supports for learners. Student Affairs consists of:

  • Accessibility Services 
    • Information, support and accommodation services for students with documented disabilities
    • Resources for faculty
  • Assessment and Exam Invigilation Services 
    • Accommodated Exams 
    • External Contract Exams 
  • Athletics and Recreation 
    • Varsity Mariners Athletics
      • Womens and Men's Basketball, Volleyball and Soccer
      • Mariners Club Sports  
      • Indoor and Outdoor Recreation (e.g., intramurals, classes, outdoor excursions) 
      • CampVIU 
  • Centre for Experiential Learning 
    • Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning 
      • RockVIU, Student Leadership Circle, Co-Curricular Record, Vancouver Island Leadership Conference, Fun@VIU, Co-curricular Involvement App, CCR Talks, Student Hub Space
      • Internships and Co-operative education  
      • Student Wellbeing
        • Mental Health Strategist 
        • Peer Wellness Leaders  
        • Thrive  
  • Conduct and Care 
    • Early Alert 
    • Risk and Threat Assessment Team 
    • CARE Team  
    • Conduct and Academic Appeals 
  • Financial Aid and Awards 
    • Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG)
    • Accessibility Grants
    • Canada Learning Bond Program (CLB)
    • On Campus Student Employment
    • Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries 
    • Student Loans and Grants  
    • Tuition Waiver Program  
  • Health and Wellness Centre  
    • Counselling
    • Nurse Practitioner led Primary Care Clinic
  • Off-Campus Housing(pilot)
    • Domestic and International student support
    • Housing Education and Resources
  • Student Wellbeing
    • Mental Health Strategist 
    • Peer Wellness Leaders  
    • THRIVE  
  • Sexual Misconduct Support and Education 
  • Sexual Violence Training, Education and Prevention committee (STEP)
  • Sexual Violence Support Team
    • Peer-Supported Learning
    • Career Studio
    • Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)

The Foundational Plan for Student Affairs is one of six foundational plans under the VIU Strategic Plan: People, Place, Potential, and stands alongside plans for: Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity; Operations; Community Engagement; The People Plan; and the Academic Plan. 

The Foundational Plan for Student Affairs will articulate the goals and objectives that the Division will work towards over the next five years. 

We invite the broad community, including students, employees, and administration, to give feedback on our Foundation Plan. We will share the draft goals, objectives and strategies with you, and encourage you to share your thoughts, feedback and comments with us in one of the following ways:

  • Attend a conversation with the Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs, Irlanda Gonzalez-Price, to share your thoughts and feedback. 
    • August 17, 2022 – Student Affairs Division (12-1 pm) - via Zoom (SA will receive an invite shortly)
    • August 24, 2022 – The VIU Community (12-1 pm) - via Zoom
    • August 29, 2022 – The VIU Community (10-11 am) - via Zoom
    • September 12, 2022 - The VIU Community (12-1 pm) - via Zoom
  • Share your thoughts with a member of the Advisory Council
  • Send suggestions, comments and thoughts to 
  • We were excited to offer the VIU Community the chance to provide input on the online platform Ethelo. The portal has now closed, but you can still give feedback via email at    

The AVP Student Affairs Leadership team is leading the consultation process.  An advisory council of representatives from across the institution will confirm the process to be followed, review the results of the process and provide recommendations for inclusion.

AVP Student Affairs Leadership Team 

Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs - Chair            - Irlanda Gonzalez-Price
Director, Student Services                                                 - Bryan Tinlin
Director, Athletics and Recreation                                    - Danielle Hyde
Director, Centre for Experiential Learning                        - Danielle Johnsrude
Manager, Student Affairs                                                    - Brittany Parker & Jolene Edmunds
Manager, Financial Aid, Access, Awards & Resources    - Jennifer Jensen-Richards
Manager, Conduct and Care                                              - Imre Juurlink
Manager, Sports Facilities and Campus Recreation         - David Forrester
Manager, Health and Wellness Centre                              - Kayla Fowler 
Administrative Assistant                                                      - Chris Yeast & Zoe Anderson

Student Affairs Foundational Plan Advisory Council

Executive Director, VIUSU                                                 - James Bowen
Student/Chairperson, VIUSU                                             - Elissa Miranda 
Manager, VIU Housing                                                      - Harmoni Jones
Housing Admission Coordinator, VIU Residences          - Vanessa Bernard
Librarian, VIU Library                                                          - Luke McLeod 
Dean, Trades and Applied Technology                            - Glynis Steen
Faculty, Centre for Experiential Learning                         - Brook Pearce
Educational Advisor, Powell River                                     - Wanda Erikson
Office Manager/Financial Aid Assistant, Cowichan         - Tracy Giles
Dean, Academic and Career Preparation                         - Jean Maltesen
Chair, ABE Nanaimo                                                           - Stephanie Boychuk
Interim Director, International Student Services               - Catherine Brazier