Student Newsletter - October 3

Hello NIC students,

October is Thrive Month and the Student Life team is eager to share all the cool events we have planned for you! We are also happy to share a new recipe submitted by a fellow student. With Thanksgiving coming up, there is incentive to promote healthy habits with bike to work week. Read on to find out more…


Tuesday, October 4 – All Candidates Forum on Climate Change, 6:30 pm, Komoux Hall

Wednesday, October 5 – Thrive walk, 12:15 pm, meet at the main entrance of PA, CV & CR

Wednesday, October 5 – Go By Bike Weeks Celebration Station at CR campus

Thursday, October 6 - NIC Recreational Sports Night, 6-7:30 pm, Comox

Friday, October 7 - NISU By Election Deadline

Monday, October 10 – World Mental Health Day

Monday, October 10 – Thanksgiving, NIC closed


GoByBike Weeks: Oct. 3-16

GoByBike BC’s Fall event takes place Oct. 3-16.

Join an NIC team and log your kilometres using alternative transportation. This year’s theme is #AnyRideCounts – walking, cycling, transit, carpooling. Whether you’re going to and from work, to get groceries, to get some fresh air or meet up for a coffee with friends, trail rides, pump track laps or recreational rides, it all counts.

NIC will also be hosting a community celebration station at the Campbell River campus on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 7-8:45 am.


Join NISU and the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment host all-candidates forum

North Island College nursing students Destiny Mickelson and Courtney Wilson, in partnership with the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment and the North Island Students’ Union, will be hosting an all-candidates forum with a focus on climate change. Aspiring City of Courtenay Mayor and Council candidates will share their knowledge, political opinions, and public policy proposals on issues directly related to climate change. The event will be held from 7-9 pm, on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Comox Valley NIC campus in the Stan Hagen Theatre. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. This event is open to everyone. For more information, please email or call 250-918-8338.

Organiser – Advocacy, North Island Students’ Union, text/call 250-735-4598
Local 15 BC Federation of Students, access our bookable calendar:

NIC Recreational Sports Nights in Comox - All students welcome!

If you are interested in playing indoor soccer and volleyball on a FREE, drop-in basis, come join fellow students on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 6-7:30 pm at ecole Au-coeur-de-l'ile Gym, 566 Linshart Road in Comox.  Brought to you by Student Life, OGE and NISU, this will happen every Thursday for the semester. 


World Mental Health Day – Monday, October 11

The overall objective of World Mental Health Day (according to the WHO) is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

October is Thrive Month and there are events all month long!

The Student Life team has joined forces with other groups to offer a variety of Thrive events during the month of October to promote mental health and encourage self-care. Visit to learn more.



NISU byelection

NISU has called a byelection and is looking for nominations for Union representatives. 

Minimum commitment: November 22, 5 pm Semi-Annual General Meeting, and April General Meeting, date to be determined. Further opportunities: Committee of the Whole meetings, once per month throughout academic year, sees $35 compensation. There are portfolio positions for folks in equity groups, appointed Reps earn $50/month.

Nomination period: September 26 - October 7

On campus students will need a minimum of 10 students to support them and sign their nomination form, those taking digital classes will need a minimum of 5 students to sign their nomination form. A digital version of this form is available.

Nomination forms: Due by October 7 at 4 pm; late forms will not be accepted Questions? Contact


Nice Cream Recipe

This recipe was submitted by an NIC student: “I love ice cream but can't handle all the fat, sugar, and calories. I make "nice cream" instead. It's fast and easy in the food processor, and tastes great! This recipe makes 3 cups.”


5 ripe bananas

3 Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

½ tsp of chili powder (optional)

1 tsp of cinnamon


Take 5 ripe bananas, 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder (the kind used for baking), and for a Mexican Chocolate spin, add 1/2 teaspoon of ancho chili powder and 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon. Process until smooth and creamy. Divide into 1-cup containers with lids (like Anchor brand from Value Village or the Dollar Store). Cover and freeze until hard. 

When you're ready to eat one, let it soften slightly on the counter for 20 minutes or if you can't wait, pop it into the microwave for 45-60 seconds. Enjoy with a spoon! 


Contact NIC’s Early Assist for personal or academic campus and community supports.

For emergencies call 911 or the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888. You can also visit Here2Talk.

Support services include: emergency financial aid, Indigenous supports, counselling, accommodations for disability and much more.

Library & Learning Commons (LLC) is your perfect spot to borrow a laptop, print a document, or just say hi!

Academic Supports at LLC

  • 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 learning from highly trained NIC peer tutors.
  • Student Technical Services. Helping students understand and utilize technologies to support their studies.


Has an NIC instructor or staff member made a difference in your life as a student? If you would like to recognize someone’s expertise, support, or kindness that contributed to your success, please fill out our recognition form.  We will send the nominee an anonymous thank you on your behalf including your comment(s). We have received some wonderful messages which is proof that kindness counts.

Please keep in touch with us over the summer at: or our NIC Student Life Facebook or Instagram page.  We welcome your feedback!


Lela Kulesh, Rachel Birch, Mez Jiwaji - your Student Life team