Island Savings

Vancouver Island University


Education has the power to support the quality of life of individuals, with the ripple effect being stronger, happier, healthier communities overall. In recognition of this, Island Savings has committed $150,000 over five years to support capital projects at Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus (VIU). The donation will help VIU outfit the new Health and Science Centre with the equipment and technology needed to support students and programs.

With the help of the federal and provincial governments and community partners, VIU broke ground on three major capital projects on the Nanaimo Campus in 2017 – a new Health and Science Centre; an expanded and redeveloped Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex; and a District Geo-Exchange Energy System. The capital projects will enhance VIU’s reputation as a destination for hands-on, real-world, technology-driven teaching and learning, and alleviate overcrowding in critical programs where the demand for trained professionals is forecasted to continue to grow.

“Education is such an important pillar in the community, and with many of our members and employees calling Cowichan and Nanaimo home, it makes supporting local education an even larger priority to help our communities thrive,” says Randy Bertsch, President of Island Savings. “We are proud to support VIU’s mission to make education more accessible and affordable for everyone and through this support, many local students will now have access to world-class facilities and programs enabling them to pursue their studies locally.”

Island Savings partnership with VIU also helps to benefit children and youth in the Nanaimo Harewood community and enhance learning by students in the Child and Youth Care (CYC) program. The CCOC was established in 2014 to provide practical experience for students in VIU’s Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care program, and to offer programming that serves the needs of families, children and youth in Harewood.

Island Savings is also partnered with Vancouver Island University to provide four annual $1,000 bursaries for students enrolled in their Human Services programs at both the Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley campuses. Preference is given to students who are single parents. For more information and/or application forms visit


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