Student Life Newsletter - September 26

Hello students! Fall is in full swing! There are lots of events and initiatives going on this week so please read on for more information about things happening in your NIC community.


Friday, September 30 – NIC closed for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Friday, September 30 – Last day to opt-out of NISU Health & Dental Benefits
Monday, October 3 – Election Day for BOG and EdCo Student Representatives
Monday, October 3 – Sunday, October 16 – Go By Bike (or school) Weeks
Tuesday, October 4 – All Candidates Forum on Climate Change, K’omox Hall
Friday, October 21 – Fall 2022 Student Orientation event at the Mixalakwila campus


Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

At NIC, we recognize that as an educational institution we have a responsibility to honour, respect and support Indigenous cultures and identities as we move towards a future of reconciliation and hope.  Annually, September 30 has been recognized as Orange Shirt Day, and last year, it was designated as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  Please join us from Sept. 26-30 to honour survivors and understand the impact of residential schools and colonialization. 

Find out more:


Election day is Oct. 3

We are excited to announce that elections will be held for the two student positions on Board of Governors and four student positions on Education Council. 

Meet your candidates here.

Students who are eligible to vote will be sent an electronic ballot on Oct. 3 and will have until midnight to cast their votes.

Bike to Work Week

GoByBike weeks are coming up Oct. 3-16. NIC has teams at each campus and participation is free. This year’s theme is #AnyRideCounts and there are many ways to take part, including walking, cycling, taking the bus or carpooling. Join the NIC team and see how many how many kilograms of greenhouse gas emission you save.


NISU & 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, 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.
Organizer – Advocacy, North Island Students’ Union, Text/call 250-735-4598
Local 15 BC Federation of Students, access our bookable calendar:

Fall 2022 Student Orientation

We have our last but not least student orientation event coming up on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Mixalakwila campus from 10 am to 12 pm. Stop by to connect with NIC supports and check out welcome booths with snacks, swag and information.

We are happy to have been able to interact with so many students at the Port Alberni, Comox Valley and Campbell River campuses during student orientation events. Please click here to take a quick survey and give us your feedback on the events so far. 

Career Services Drop-ins

Did you Know? NIC offers career coaching services to help you find work related to your studies! We can help with anything work-related such as writing targeted resume and cover letters, interview practice, how to succeed at a virtual career fair and other networking skills, as well as help with any support you might need to find an employer for your internship, co-op, practicum, apprenticeship or industry-related project.

There is a drop-in session happening this term every Wednesday from 2-4 pm in Discovery Hall, Room 115 at the Comox Valley campus. And don’t forget to stop by CareerCentral, our online hub with a TON of resources, events, a student job board and to access our online booking system where you can book one-on-one appointments anytime. Questions? Email

October is Thrive Month!

The Student Life team is making plans for Thrive month in October 2022. Thrive is an initiative started by UBC and adopted by many post-secondary institutions to celebrate community, encourage self-care and promote mental health literacy.  Keep an eye out for the Thrive calendar of events throughout October, including information and resources to help support and maintain our mental health. 

2022 Student Learning and Support Survey Results

Thank you to all students who participated in our Winter 2022 Student Learning and Support Survey. Your feedback provides us with an invaluable source of information which helps us improve our services and enhance the student experience. If you would like to view a summary of your feedback on an infographic, please email us at and we’ll send it to you. The information gathered will be included in our planning as we work toward areas of improvement for current and future NIC students.


Campus Life Assistants

 Would you like to work with Student Life to develop projects, plan events or create posts for social media? Do you want to gain valuable experience that you can add to your resume? NIC Student Life is looking to hire Campus Life Assistants. Email us at to find out more.

MEAL IDEAS – What’s your fave?

We want to hear from you!  Send us an email at with your favourite go-to snacks or quick meal ideas and we’ll share them anonymously with other students in our next newsletter.


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