Student Life Newsletter - October 12

Hello NIC Students,

We hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving long weekend! This week, we continue with Thrive month at NIC! Thrive is an initiative to celebrate community, encourage self-care and promote mental health literacy. Check out this week’s events below to support your success!


  • Friday, Oct. 15: Fall exam schedule posted and last day to register for flexible distance courses.
  • Friday, Oct. 29: Last day to withdraw without academic penalty.


  • October Thrive Month. Through October, we’ll be holding a series of events and highlighting supports and services available at NIC to support your success. To register, email
    • Treat Tuesday – Tuesday, Oct. 12 / All Day: Treats & bookmarks given away with all items borrowed from the Library
    • Pet Show & Tell – Wednesday, Oct. 13/ 12-1 pm: Show off your pets and win prizes!
    • Supporting Wellness – Wed, Oct. 13 / 1-2:30 pm: A discussion on whole well-being with Elder in Residence Evelyn Voyageur
    • How to Build Better Habits – Thursday, Oct. 14 / 10 am-1 pm: Learn how to support yourself with positive change
    • And many more. A full list of events and activities can be found on the Thrive webpage.


  • How Was Orientation? Student Life is looking for students who would be willing to participate in a 15-minute virtual chat to provide feedback on Fall 2021 Orientation. Participants will receive a $10 Tim Hortons Gift Card. To sign up, please email
  • Become a Peer Tutor. Are you a returning NIC Student? Would you like to support other students and learn new tutoring skills as a paid tutor? Check out the job posting and details on how to apply here. Questions can be emailed to Caitlin Hartnett at
  • Ch’nook 2021/2022 Scholars Program. The Ch’nook Scholars Program gives Indigenous post-secondary business students the tools and connections they need to succeed in their studies and careers, as well as a range of other benefits. It is open to status and non-status First Nation, Inuit, and Metis students studying full-time in a business program. Learn more here. The deadline is noon on Wednesday, Oct 13.
  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters. The In-School Mentoring Program through Big Brothers & Sisters is seeking mentors for children & youth in elementary school. Mentors serve as role models, teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school, and of having respect for family, peers, and community. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, please email


  • COVID-19 Vaccination. The BC Government is encouraging all who are eligible to register for their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, including 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.
  • Comox Sports Nights. NIC Students have access to FREE Sport Drop-In nights at Ecole au Coeur-de-l'Ile at 566 Linshart Road in Comox. See below for more details:
    Dates: Fall session is 8 nights, including: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24; and Dec. 1. (No events will be held on Nov. 11 — Remembrance Day). The winter session starts in January 2022.
    Times: 6-7:15 p.m. (Vaccine check-in set up is at 5:45 pm).
    Location: Ecole au Coeur-de-l'Ile at 566 Linshart Rd. in Comox.
    Sports: We'll rotate between indoor soccer on odd-numbered weeks (weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7) and a mix of basketball and volleyball on even-numbered weeks (2, 4, 6 and 8).
    Proof of Vaccination and Access to Gyms: 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. No masks are needed in the gym during gameplay. All players are asked to self-screen for COVID symptoms and stay home if there are any. Here is a sample checklist:


  • Available Study Spaces. Some students may be scheduled for an in-person class followed directly by a digital class or vice versa. To support these students, NIC will provide drop-in spaces on each campus where they can access a computer or plug in their laptop to attend their digital class (please note that we encourage students to bring their own headsets, but we have some available to borrow through the Library & Learning Commons along with laptops if needed). Details on how to book can be found here.
  • Student Technical Services Drop-In. Drop-in sessions are available to get help with Blackboard Learn or any technology-based questions from Monday to Friday from 10-11 am and again from 3-4 pm. To learn more and to join drop-in sessions, visit the Student Technical Services calendar here.


  • NIC Counselling. Sometimes we all need a little help. While attending North Island College, all registered students may seek free, professional and confidential counselling support. As a student, challenges may arise that relate to college life or are from outside the college environment. To support you in your life and educational goals, our counsellors offer short-term counselling and coaching for personal challenges and unexpected circumstances, learning strategies and study skills, stress management and conflict resolution. You can book an appointment online here.
  • Additional Supports:

 “No one belongs here more than you.”

 – Brené Brown

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Enjoy your week and stay well!

Student Life Team

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