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A Message from the Associate Vice-President, Human Resources

Dan VanderSluis who is the Associate Vice President of Human Resources at Vancouver Island University

Welcome to Vancouver Island University. We acknowledge and thank the Snuneymuxw First Nation, Tla’amin First Nation, Snaw-naw-as First Nation and the Cowichan Tribes for allowing students, staff, faculty and administration to teach, learn, live and share educational experiences on their traditional territories.

When you join the VIU employment community, you become part of a diverse and welcoming community of more than 2300 full-time and part-time faculty and staff. Our setting offers you and your family the opportunity to live, work and learn in one of the most beautiful university settings in Canada. Here, not only do you matter, but you are the power and the potential behind everything taking place at VIU. The high quality of the education we provide is possible because of your creativity, skills and expertise in all the ways you support our students and community.

None of us performs our roles in isolation. Our ability to work together, within and among our teams contributes to a successful university. Every single employee at VIU contributes to our Visionary Goal: As a trusted educational partner in the promotion of sustainable cultural, economic, environmental and social well-being, we inspire our students, faculty and staff, our communities and the people of Vancouver Island and coastal British Columbia through our commitment to excellence in learning, student success, respectful discourse, Indigenous ways of knowing and personal well-being.

The success of VIU and its students depends upon attracting and retaining outstanding people like you. For this to happen, VIU must have a culture that is psychologically, physically, socially and emotionally positive—one in which you can thrive personally and professionally.

VIU is guided by our People Plan: Mattering Here. This Strategic Human Resources Plan for VIU is built by the input and expertise of our people. Employees shared what matters to them, what they think is going well and where they want to see change. We hope you see yourself in this plan and the positive results from its implementation. Each of us across the University achieves our best results for our students and ourselves when we are at our best. This is possible when we work at a place that inspires us, surrounded by colleagues we trust, who are engaged in their own work and who support the work of others.

Our Department is here to provide the VIU community with leadership, strategic guidance and ongoing support for human relations across the University. Please explore our webpages for more information on the areas of expertise and support we can offer you, as well as a host of resources we have created to help you thrive in your role. Drop by anytime, phone or email if you would like to connect with any one member of our HR Team.

Kind Regards,

Dan VanderSluis

Associate Vice-President, Human Resources