VIU Cowichan Campus Group of Students

Campus Life Activities

Watch the digital display opposite the Welcome Centre, check the bulletin boards on the second floor and outside Student Affairs, read the PDF iconStudent Newsletter, and check back for exciting events for VIU students!

SPRING 2019 Semester

Tax Clinics  

Tuesday, April 23  -  Monday, April 29

6:00 - 8:00 pm

ROOMS 112/114

Free, drop-in, first-come-first-served tax clinics to help to complete and file your income tax return.

  • This clinic is for clients with income under $35,000 per year.
  • If you are married and your family income is under $45,000 we can do your taxes but your spouse MUST come with you and we will prepare both tax returns.
  • If you have children we will need names and birth dates of each child.
  • If you have an older child who is working we can prepare that tax return too.
  • If you were an immigrant to Canada in 2018 we need your passport and immigration documents.

Checklist of things to bring with you:

  • government picture ID
  • status card if First Nations
  • tuition receipt from your Student Record
  • T4 slips from employment income
  • T4A slips for scholarships or bursaries
  • T5 slips for any investment income
  • any other T-slips you have received
  • medical receipts
  • USB stick/thumb drive to save your completed taxes to

BA Degree Advisor Sessions with Robert Riggan at Cowichan Campus

Tuesday, April 30

ARE YOU IN YOUR FIRST YEAR AND COMPLETING 24 CREDITS? Students are encouraged to meet with their BA Upper Level Advisor upon completion of 24 credits to complete a Record of Degree Program (RDP) to declare the Major/Minors. Please note VIU GPS helps you look at options but is not an official declaration of your Major/Minors. You need to meet with your degree advisor to accomplish this.

Make an appointment to:

  • Complete a Record of Degree Program (RDP) to declare Major/Minors.
  • Change your Major or Minors.
  • Plan courses to meet graduation requirements.
  • Get access to reserved seats (if applicable).

Book appointments at Student Affairs.





1960, Jean-Luc Godard, 90 minutes

  • Monday, April 15 at 6:30 pm

Modern films begin here with this French New Wave crime drama film about a wandering criminal and his American girlfriend.


Fitness for $1

Your campus life activity program subsidizes your use of the Cowichan Aquatic Centre, 2653 James Street, Duncan.

Fitness for only $1 when you get your vouchers!

  • Vouchers available for students by showing student card at Student Affairs - you pay only $1 for entry to the Aquatic Centre.
  • Must be enrolled in current semester and paying activity fees; non-transferable

The Aquatic Centre includes the 25 metre pool, 3 metre diving board, wave pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room, and the Fitness Centre featuring the Technogym equipment.


  • Every Monday from 5:00-6:30 pm, room 380
  • Drop-ins welcome.  FREE

Changeways Group for Depression

  • Tuesday 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • January 22 -- March 12, 2019
  • Registration deadline: January 15

This 8-session psychoeducational Cognitive Behavioural therapy group teaches students the tools and insights necessary to reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Sign up at Student Affairs for a brief, confidential talk with a counsellor, or a phone call if you prefer.

Facilitators: Albert Seinen, M.Ed., CCC, and Dave Barck, M.Ed., CCC


Hiking - Juan de Fuca Trail

  • Saturday, February 9, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sign up by February 7 at Student Affairs

This program is a guided hike into a section of the Juan de Fuca Trail Provincial Park. This trip explores a section of the trail that has big beaches, waterfalls, a suspension bridge, and massive old growth forests. Depending on the group's interest, we have two possible options for the day. The first option - we spend the day hiking and exploring the area around Sombrio Beach. The second option - we spend the day hiking a 10km section of trail leaving from China Beach. Both options area lot of fun and very scenic. This hike is suitable for fit beginners and intermediate hikers.

Snowshoe Tour 

  • Sunday, March 3 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sign up by February 28 at Student Affairs

This is a day trip to the Mt. Washington Alpine Resort or Forbidden Plateau area to experience backcountry snowshoeing. The trip leaves from the resort's base area or trailhead and explores the local area and trails of Mt. Washington and neighboring Strathcona Provincial Park, or Forbidden Plateau. Introductory snowshoe lessons are provided by Vancouver Island University staff. You will be outside for the majority of the trip, especially if you have signed up for the Forbidden Plateau location, so please be prepared!

Hiking -Botanical Beach

  • Saturday, March 9, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sign up by March 7 at Student Affairs

This program is a guided hike into Botanical Beach Provincial Park. This trip explores a section of the trail that has big beaches, rugged west coast sites, fossils, and massive old growth forests. Botanical Beach is famous for its tide pools so lots of the day will be spent exploring the intertidal zone. This hike is suitable for beginners and intermediate hikers.

Cowichan Rideshare is now available!

Cowichan Rideshare is being sponsored the Cowichan Elder Care Co-op. It is a free, online service that links people who want a ride with people able to offer a ride at the same time and to the same location. A contribution to gas costs is suggested based on the distance and number of riders, but the actual amount – if any – is agreed on by the people involved before the ride takes place.

Learn how to register on Rideshare for a ride - or for riders - to  Kelowna or Calgary,  VIU Nanaimo main campus, Departure Bay, and maybe even Mill Bay Terminal to pick up your travelling friend.   Use your car or ride in theirs.  Let’s save money, wear and tear, traffic congestion and the environment - and make some new, diverse  acquaintances of all ages who could use/offer a lift and a trip contribution.