Help us increase opportunities for student learning experiences

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Don Tillapaugh and Brian Kingzett accepted a $75,000 cheque from VIU’s Foundation Chair Bruce Williams, at VIU’s annual Festival of Trees. Williams explained the Foundation will match every dollar donated, up to $75,000, to develop and support student learning opportunities at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station. Read on to learn more about this philanthropic challenge.

PRESS RELEASE:  VIU’S Foundation Releases $150,000 In Matching Funds to Support The University’s Newest Learning Environments

To celebrate VIU’s 75th anniversary, VIU’s Foundation Board made a dramatic announcement at the university’s annual Festival of Trees Gala fundraiser. They have approved the release of $150,000 in matching funds to support two of VIU’s newest facilities: the Deep Bay Marine Field Station and Shq’apthut, the Aboriginal Gathering Place.

“Our Foundation feels it’s important to enhance the generosity of donors with this matching opportunity,” explains Bruce Williams, VIU’s Foundation Board chair. “We encourage others to join us in enabling our VIU students’ ability to study and learn.”

The Foundation Board will match every dollar given in support of either Deep Bay or the Aboriginal Gathering Place, up to $75,000 each. Already the donations are coming in – at the Festival of Trees Gala, Garth Johnstone, of Archie Johnstone Plumbing & Heating gave $7,500 in support of Deep Bay and Fred Jacklin, VIU’s Registrar donated $750 for the Aboriginal Gathering Place.

The VIU Foundation is a not-for-profit society incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia in 1994. It’s a registered charity under the Income Tax Act of Canada and is guided by its bylaws and constitution to raise funds for VIU by fostering community connections. The Foundation is led by a 30-member Board of Directors and manages an endowment fund of $15.2 million (including two endowed chairs on behalf of VIU) as of September 30, 2011.

For more information contact:

William Litchfield, Director Advancement & Alumni Relations, Vancouver Island University 900 Fifth St., Nanaimo, BC, V9R 5S5
Tel: 250.740.6602 |Fax: 250.740.6491


As an undergraduate teaching university, the involvement of our students in all our activities is extremely important to us. Funds raised during this campaign will be used to add infrastructure to the Deep Bay facilities that will increase the ability of the station to provide more teaching and learning experiences at the station. This was considered during the design process but wasn’t fully accounted for in funding to date and will include developing our teaching labs and equipment for student projects and research. The following photo-essay highlights some of the fantastic students that have come through the station as part of our development and their education.

Meagan celebrates a job well done

Meagan Gwilt – RMOT Practicum Student (and Bowser native) transplanting rushes into a new manufactured wetland. This wetland will “polish” water from our Bionest Sewage Treatment plant before it’s released.

Chef Shore and Students

VIU students – Scott, Philip, Jessica – with VIU Culinary instructor, Chef Shore. These guys worked like Trojans to keep up with demand for local shellfish at a Deep Bay Harbour Day

Forestry Students

Emily, Jessica, Brendan, Trevor, Bryan and Kyle – second year VIU Forestry  students at the end of  day of riparian restoration planting in our habitat restoration project.

Marine Biology Lab

RV Chetlo being used as a marine classroom during the CSR’s 2009 FLOW (Future Leaders On the Water) summer program for First Nations youth.

Team raft build excercise

Second year Fisheries and Aquaculture students visit the field station and help build a shellfish raft.

Culinary Students - oyster bar

Culinary Students work an oyster bar, left to right Chauncey McEachern, Derek Hammond, Donna Kreisle

Undergraduate Jazz Trio from VIU Music dept.

Undergraduate Jazz Trio from VIU Music dept at Nature Trust of BC “Shell”ebration at the Field Station.

Chetlo construction team

Owen Popplestone (instructor) and students of the 2008 aluminum boat building program during early construction of the Chetlo
Group with load of debris and garbage

VIU Students from Resource Management Officer Training Program and Fisheries and Aquaculture program pose with full truckload of garbage and debris recovered from the Shores of Deep Bay Barbour after participating in Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up.

Student Tour

Student tour.

RV Chetlo

Summer students working on the RV Chetlo.

2011 2nd yr Fish Aqua class

Second year Fisheries and Aquaculture students visit the field station

2011.09.15 Oyster Culinary Team

Left to right: Dorothy, Brandy and Amber, students from the Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island, work their first ever oyster bar, serving up Fanny Bay oysters at the new Cowichan Campus for Meyers Norris Penny reception.

Emily Rigney and her Beach garbage jellyfish

Emily Rigney and her ‘Beach Garbage Jellyfish’.

2012 RMOT Tour at Station

Resource Management Officer Training Program instructor Marilyn Funk (Centre with clipboard) and fun students pose in front of Field Station after tour January 2012.
Photo by student Leanne Johnson.


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