NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - Sept. 14

Hello NIC students! I am pleased to present your weekly Student Life newsletter with information and updates. I hope you are enjoying the beautiful hot days but please be cognizant of physical distancing measures in place and keep yourself and others safe!

Student Life at Home

NIC Student Life is launching a new initiative this fall called Brave Space Conversations. Our first one-hour virtual panel discussion will be on Oct. 2, 2020 at noon and will be on the subject of Systemic Racism.

  • What is systemic racism?
  • What can we do as individuals and as a College to end systemic racism?
  • How can we continue to raise awareness and keep alive conversations about racial tensions that move us closer to “living” diversity, equity, and inclusion?

If you would like to attend this Brave Space conversation, please email by October 1 for a meeting link

Learn more at:

brave space is a place to come together to have healthy yet challenging dialogue around important issues facing students and global citizens today A brave space is a place for the respectful sharing of thoughts so we can all gain a better understanding of each other’s perspectives, encourage critical thinking, and to learn from each other.


The Student Life Team invites you to join the Introduction to Student Leadership Sessions. These one-hour sessions are facilitated by NIC's Manager of Student Life and will review the various opportunities provided to participants of the Student Leadership Team, along with the requirements of obtaining NIC’s Student Leadership Certificate, which is a not-for-credit confirmation of completion certificate.

Please choose one the one dates and times from the options below and send us an email confirming your attendance at In response, we will share the meeting link with you. Please make sure to send the email from your NIC email and mention your Student ID number.

Wednesday, Sept.16, 2020 from 10:30-11:30 am (PDT)


Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 from 1-2 pm (PDT)

Nominations are being called for the following vacant positions on the Board of Governors and Education Council. The Board of Governors is responsible for determining the broad goals for the College. The Education Council has two main functions: to advise the Board on the development of educational policy and to set policies related to programs and services. These positions meet approximately once per month. Regular attendance and preparation for meetings are required. Remuneration amounts are reported annually and listed on the NIC website. Students elected to Education Council receive a $100 honoraria per meeting for participating in monthly. For more detailed information please refer to the email sent on Aug. 31, 2020 – “Call for Nominations” to your NIC email account. Nomination papers are available on the student myNIC site within the announcements. The DEADLINE for submissions to the Office of the Registrar is no later than Friday, Sept. 18 at 4 pm.


The Welcoming Communities Coalition of the Immigrant Welcome Centre is conducting a Needs Assessment research. The survey results will be used to guide how organizations work together to improve services to best support international immigrants/newcomers as well as the community. The survey will be open until Sept.30, 2020.

If you are new to Canada (for 5 years and less), click here to fill out the questionnaire.

If you were born in Canada or have settled in Canada for more than 5 years, click here to fill the questionnaire.


Self-Care: Healthy Lifestyle Actions to Reduce and Manage Stress.

One of the actions indicated by HealthLinkBC to reduce and manage stress is to:

Take Charge:

  • You may not be able to change a stressful situation; you can control how you retort to that situation.
  • Plan ahead for any stressful situations and tasks you need to do or see coming your way.
  • Set a schedule to manage your time to fit what needs to be done
  • Find a space that inspires you or adjust your workspace to be positive and encouraging.
  • Be more assertive. Take charge of your life and make decisions.
  • Have your children or family help out with chores and jobs to reduce your workload.
  • Putting things off only increases the stress later. Do not procrastinate.
  • Talk to someone, talking through problems and challenges can lessen the stress.
  • Learn to say "no". Limit yourself to only what you are comfortable with doing.
  • Limit and prioritize your "to do" list. Sort out the "must do's" and the "should do's". Deal with important jobs right away and delay or drop unnecessary tasks.

To learn more visit:

Share with us, how you are taking care of yourself at home. Share on social media and tag NIC on Facebook and Instagram OR send us an email at and we will share on your behalf.
#WeAreNICe #Thrive #NICatHome

If you need any support through this time, please reach out to us. You can find information on NIC's counselling services, along with links to community supports, including 24hr crisis lines, on NIC's Counselling page.


We encourage you to join our NIC Student Life Facebook group to connect with us, share your views and stay updated on events and information on student life at NIC. Go to the NIC Facebook page and click on “Groups”.


Healthy Eating - scroll down for another delicious recipe. Send us your own healthy recipes to


Supports and Services

Campus Services and Spaces are operating with reduced hours or different delivery methods during the pandemic. Study spaces, computer labs and services are available at NIC this fall. To learn more about hours and services visit:


The NIC bookstores at all three campuses (Comox Valley, Campbell River and Port Alberni) will be open between 10 am – 2 pm Monday to Friday. (Hours may vary depending on the most current Public Health Officer recommendations. Any changes to this will be posted on the student portal and website when available.)


As a student, you are eligible to receive a student photo ID card. However, with social distancing restrictions currently in place, face-to-face services in Student Services are unavailable. You can still get your photo ID card by mail. To do this, you will need to email, from your North Island College email address, a jpeg headshot between 10-2500KB, and a clear copy of another photo ID (driver’s license, passport, BC ID, etc) to Once student services have received your jpeg headshot, they will produce your ID card and mail it to the current address on your NIC student record. If you have moved, please update your address to ensure your student ID is sent to the correct address.


Textbook information for Fall is being regularly added - please continue to check the NIC Book Search for updates. Text information is still being updated by faculty, so we recommend waiting until closer to the start date of your program to purchase the required materials.


NIC educational, financial aid and Aboriginal education advisors are available for online drop-in sessions on Thursdays from 1-3 pm PDT. For the online meeting link and directions on how to join these sessions, email or for Aboriginal advising. Learn more at


Our Student Technical Service team is hosting drop-in sessions to answer any questions on how to use Blackboard or MyNIC. Use your computer or mobile device to connect! Learn more at


Learn Anywhere: NIC’s Learn Anywhere website is geared to provide a collection of information that will help you be successful in learning digitally by covering areas such as:  What is digital learning? How to be a digital learner while using NIC-supported technologies during your studies? A list of key skills and knowledge all students should have for successful learning in today’s world, knowing your rights and responsibilities and Technology Readiness Checklists. More details at


Have you done any research, work or presentations that would be beneficial for other NIC students and would like us to share? Let us know by sending an email to


If there is information you'd like to see included in upcoming communications, or that you would like to share, please let us know at

Enjoy your week and stay well,

Dean Martin/Disha Salhan
Student Life Team

If you wish to respond or have any questions, please click here.


Healthy Eating

Easy Tuna Casserole

Servings: 8

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 3 cups cooked macaroni
  • 1 (5 ounce) can tuna, drained
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cups French fried onions


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a 9x13-inch baking dish, combine the macaroni, tuna, and soup. Mix well, and then top with cheese.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 25 minutes, or until bubbly. Sprinkle with fried onions and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve hot.

More Recipes at: AllRecipes

Media Contact
Christiana Wiens
Director, Public Affairs & Communications, North Island College
O: 250-334-5280 | C: 250-207-6946