Student Newsletter - February 7

Hello NIC students,

Thrive Month is here! Check out various events and activities planned for Thrive month. The goal of Thrive is to bring students, faculty, and staff together to do something fun, healthy and encourage positive physical and mental health. If you need to talk to someone, please remember we have a wonderful team of clinical counsellors to support your mental health. You can book appointment for virtual, phone, or in-person sessions with NIC Counsellors.


  • Monday, Feb. 7 - FREE Soup Lunch with NISU – Port Alberni Campus
  • Tuesday, Feb. 8 – FREE Soup Lunch with NISU – Campbell River Campus
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9 - FREE Soup Lunch with NISU – Comox Valley Campus
  • Friday, Feb. 11 – Starting a Conversation About Mental Health Workshop
  • Friday, Feb. 11 - Last day to register in ABE continuous entry/exit
  • Friday, Feb. 11 - Last day to register for flexible distance courses
  • Monday, Feb. 14 – Friday, Feb. 18 – Living Library
  • Wednesday, Feb. 16 - Be Heard by NIC President Dr. Lisa Domae and The Leadership Team


  • Starting a Conversation about Mental Health Workshop. On Feb. 11 from 10 am-12 pm, free training is being offered on foundational knowledge of mental health. The first ten students to register will get a $5 Tim Hortons gift card. All participants will receive a certificate upon completion of this training. Students will learn about the stress response and how to manage everyday stresses. They will also learn how they can support others who are struggling and how they can be a role model for coping with stress and maintaining good mental health. To register, email Registration ends on Feb. 9 at 4 pm.
  • Living Library. Between Feb. 14-18, you can reserve a living book. Have you ever wondered what makes someone thrive or what hurdles they had to overcome to arrive at NIC? As part of Thrive Month, hear the untold stories of NIC students, staff and faculty through 30-minute, one-on-one discussions. Discover how one person set up a school on a river barge in Thailand, uncover the mysteries of pursuing your PhD, travel down the Amalfi coast, and hear directly from the president just how much you can plan for when you are steering the ship. Reserve your book today! Visit the living book catalogue.


  • FREE Comox Valley Weekly Sports Night. Running Feb. 10 until Apr. 14, join in Sports Night every Thursday from 6-7:15 pm (except on Mar. 24 and 31) at École Au coeur de l'île School Gym (566 Linshart Rd., Comox). The events are free for NIC students. The weekly sports are indoor soccer, basketball, and volleyball. Players enter through the school's main doors and proceed with a mask on to the gym at the end of the hallway. The coordinator will check for proof of vaccination at the gym entry doors each week. All players are asked to self-screen for COVID symptoms and stay home if they feel sick. Email for any questions.
  • Student Leadership Team. NIC’s Student Leadership Team supports and develops skills in emerging leaders in a fun, dynamic and engaging way. The student leaders explore many aspects of leadership, acknowledging that everything we do has impacts locally and globally. Student leaders take part in leadership workshops and retreats, network with the community, help with college events and gain volunteer hours. Learn more about the NIC Student Leadership Team by emailing


  • Library & Learning Commons. Come visit the LLC this semester for a quiet place to work, to access academic supports, or to just sit back and take a break. At the LLC you can:
  • LLC Spotlight: Campbell River. Drop by the Campbell River Library &Learning Commons this semester and walk into the newly designed space, open 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday. Group rooms are open into the evening hours, accessible from the student commons. Looking to take a break? We’re now lending magazines, puzzles and meditation kits.

  • Academic Supports at LLC. Reach your goals this semester with help from our outstanding academic supports—available both in-person and online!
    • Research Support. Learn to build effective search strategies, choose and evaluate resources, cite and avoid plagiarism.
    • Writing Support. Work one-on-one with NIC faculty to develop your writing skills and receive feedback on your writing assignments.
    • Math Support. Spend time working on all levels of math problems with support from NIC math faculty.
    • Peer Tutoring. Discover new approaches to studying and writing learning from highly trained NIC peer tutors.
    • Student Technical Services. Helping students understand and utilize technologies to support their studies.

  • Workshops. Register in a variety of workshops to improve your research, writing, math, and tech skills.

  • Emergency Assistance Funds - Sometimes emergencies happen that are outside of a student’s control or the best planning.  NIC may be able to assist with financial support in the form of a bursary to help with emergencies.  This funding does not need to be paid back and may be available to assist with books, transportation, childcare, supplies, groceries, and other essentials.   Contact a financial aid advisor to find out more.  Book online here.


  • Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The Ministry of Children and Family Development formed YAC in September 2015 to hear the insights of current or former youth in care between the ages of 17 and 29. The beginning of our 2022-2023 YAC term is approaching and are looking for new members to join the council. Council members provide consultation and advice on a range of policies, practice shifts, and initiatives for both internal and external partners and stakeholders. With the pandemic, the YAC has shifted to be a completely virtual team, and we conduct all our meetings and consultations online.

    If you are interested in joining the council or know someone who would like to participate, please visit for more information. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 7, 2022. Please e-mail if you have any questions.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination. The BC Government is encouraging all who are eligible to register for their COVID vaccine as soon as possible, this includes both domestic and international students. Visit the government website for information on eligibility and the registration process.
  • COVID-19 Restrictions. You can view the latest public health orders here. Masks in public indoor settings are now mandatory – this includes NIC campus buildings.


  • Watch Dr. Kristin Neff on self-compassion:

  • Thriving in Action Weekly Workbook.  Each week of the academic year comes with its own unique challenges. The Thriving in Action Weekly Workbook was designed to provide you with at least one exercise that has proven to be effective in increasing life satisfaction, happiness, and resilience. Download the Student Weekly Workbook here.

 “Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you’re good enough, self-compassion asks, what’s good for you?”

 – Kristin Neff

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Enjoy your week and stay well!

Student Life Team

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