VIU’s Volunteer Tutor Program

I joined the VIU Volunteer Tutor Program last August because I was feeling a bit purposeless. I wanted to do something that helped people in a real and immediate way. After tutoring a bit in high school, I felt ready to do it again. The application process was easy. I reached out to the coordinator, … Continued

A Deep Cut into Hairstyling at VIU

VIU is like a contained, thriving community. You can get your car fixed on campus, dine-in with a gourmet meal at The Discovery Room, or even get your hair cut. There are over 20 trade and technical field programs at VIU, and yet they can still be overlooked by the wider student population. Ocea Corfield … Continued

What is Love?

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching. Chocolates and flowers are flying off the shelves like hot cakes, and stores are lined in red, pink, and white. Couples everywhere are planning romantic dates, buying cute gifts, and walking around with cartoon hearts in their eyes. While that’s all well and good, Valentine’s Day can feel like a … Continued

SoundWave

Music is a powerful thing—it brings people together, motivates us to keep going, and allows us to truly be ourselves. Music isn’t confined to a single genre, or length, and it most certainly doesn’t have an age limit.  SoundWave, a choir like no other, proves that. Holly Wright was born with a burning desire to … Continued

New Year, and You’re Still You

As January nears its end, I can’t help but reflect on the month and how well I have followed my New Year’s resolutions. My resolutions for 2022 were pretty typical for me. I wanted to go to the gym five times a week, eat super healthy, journal more, hike once a week, identify plants, knit … Continued

ICCS

Corrie Corfield, Island Crisis Care Society’s Assistant Executive Director, chats with The Navigator about Nanaimo’s homeless population, programs that are offered through the ICCS and other organization that are housing the homeless, and what you can do to help those who are sleeping rough.

Identifying Plants on Vancouver Island:

My New Year’s resolution, like many people’s, was to start going to the gym more come January. With the restrictions keeping gyms closed for the first few weeks of January, however, I decided to come up with another resolution—plant identification.  Last year for Christmas I was given a book about plants in Canada and how … Continued

Tree-Planting:

The freezing rain pelts your back, creeping into your boots and soaking through your clothes. You curse yourself for begging for rain during the hot and bug-infested 30-plus degree weather the day before.  Surrounding you is a cutblock where a logging company has chopped down all the trees in the area, leaving behind brush and … Continued

Join the Club

It’s 2022. Time to tick off those New Year’s Resolutions. There are the common yet difficult examples of “exercise more” and “travel,” then there are the equally common and difficult “make friends” and “try new things.” Introverts or students from out of town may find the latter particularly challenging. Thankfully, there’s a diverse source already … Continued

Hot Chocolate Cookies

I love Christmas. The indoors feel cozier, the air feels more magic, hot chocolate tastes better. Giving gifts is a major way that I like to show people in my life that I care about them. However, my gift-giver way of life is somewhat halted by my student-sized wallet.  One great way I have found … Continued

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