New map and visitor's guide for Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society
Following the successful application to the Community Engagement Accelerator Grant; geography work-op student Jessica Pyett, and the Geography Technician, Jessica Craig, worked with the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society (SMWS) to create a new map and visitors guide for the conservation area. Recent changes to the trails and boundaries of the Somenos Marsh Conservation Area provided an excellent opportunity for work-op student Jessica Pyett to apply her cartographic skills. This provided a valuable resource that the SMWS can use for engaging and educating the public on the Somenos Marsh.
Jessica Pyett (left) and Jessica Craig (right)
2017 Winners of our Geography Department Awards
Congratulations to all of our 2017 Geography Department award winners!
Geography Research Day Best Presentation: Kayla Harris
3rd-Year Geography Award: Trevor Dickinson and Wren Congdon
Award for Service to the Geography Department: Kayla Harris
Carto Cup 2017: Andrew Wilson
CAG Undergraduate Award: Sarah Holden
Lady Rose Award: Haley Robinson
VIU Faculty Association’s Student Community Engagement Award 2017
On April 20th, It was announced that Michelle (Wren) Congdon, a Geography student, was one of this year’s winners of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association’s Student Community Engagement Award. In addition to the distinction of gaining the recognition, Wren receives $500.00 that goes with the award. The Award was established to recognize students who have made significant contributions to the quality of campus life.
2016 Winners of our Geography Department Awards
Congratulations to all of our 2016 Geography Department award winners!
Geography Research Day Best Presentation: Larissa Thelin
2nd-Year Geography Award: Trevor Dickinson
Award for Service to the Geography Department: Haley Robinson
CartoCup 2016: Larissa Thelin
CAG Undergraduate Award: Mike Anderson
Lady Rose Award: Amanda Jefferies
VIU Faculty Association’s Student Community Engagement Award
On May 6th, It was announced that Linda Bracken, former Geography representative to the Social Sciences Faculty Council, was this year’s winner of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association’s Student Community Engagement Award. In addition to the distinction of gaining the recognition, Linda receives $1000.00 that goes with the award. In past years, the award has been divided between two winners. This year, Linda is the sole winner. The Award was established to recognize students who have made significant contributions to the quality of campus life.
Congratulations also to Haley Robinson on winning a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship, which is funding her semester abroad in Punta Gorda, Belize at the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE). While there, she will be researching coastal resilience and facilitating conservation awareness in local schools and communities.
VIU Geography also had a strong showing at the WDCAG hosted by UNBC. Congratulations are extended to student presenters: Rhys Turner, Sarah Holden, Haley Robinson, Stephanie Pike, Edward Bracken, Larissa Thelin and Linda Bracken. Edward Bracken presented a poster created for his GEOG 101 Environmental Geography class and was awarded best BA poster presentation. Larissa Thelin received an honourable mention for best B.Sc. oral presentation which was entitled “The potential effects of climate change on the habitat range of the Vancouver Island marmot.”
VIU student alumni continue to do well as they move forward onto graduate school. Warrick Baijius (Geog BA 2013) secured four years of NSERC funding to carry out PhD studies at USask. He will be working to bridge indigenous and scientific knowledge systems for a Manitoba First Nation source water protection plan. Sarah Lumley (Geog BA 2015), who has spent the past 7 months working as the Assistant Coordinator of Research and Communications at MABRRI, was recently awarded a SSHRC to begin Master’s-level research at Queens University.