External Communications

Do you have a story you want an audience external to the VIU community to hear about?

The Communications and Public Engagement team is happy to help. We tell stories about VIU to boost awareness of the University’s programs, students, instructors, events and much more. Our stories also bolster VIU’s efforts to recruit and retain students.

We get these stories out to external audiences in several ways, including:

  • Media releases
  • Pitching stories to and facilitating interviews with local, regional and national media
  • Social media campaigns
  • News
  • Videos
  • Content for digital/print advertising

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Media Relations

We are happy to assist with any media calls you receive. The Communications team is dedicated to building relationships with local and national media contacts and we are the first contact for information about the university. Our media relations services include:

  • Arranging interviews with students or employees.
  • Media relations training.
  • Assistance with messaging.
  • Media Relations Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How to access our services

  • Send us story ideas for the Job Request system.
  • Talk to a Communications Officer. Not sure who? Each Communications Officer has Areas of Responsibilities (see below).

Communications Team Areas of Responsibility

Jenn McGarrigle

External Communications Manager 
Cell: 250.619.6860 | Jenn.McGarrigle@viu.ca

  • General Media Inquiries
  • Media Requests for President Deborah Saucier and Senior Administrators
  • Indigenous Education and Engagement
  • Advancement and Alumni Relations
  • Facilities and Ancillary Services
  • Future Students (Recruitment)
  • Health and Safety
  • Library Services
  • Registrar
  • Student Affairs

Rachel Stern

Communications Officer
Cell: 250.618.0373 | Rachel.Stern@viu.ca

  • Milner Gardens and Woodland
  • Deep Bay Marine Field Station
  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity
  • Centre for Innovation in Education and Learning

Eric Zimmer

Communications Officer
Cell: 250.618.7296 | Eric.Zimmer@viu.ca

  • Cowichan Campus
  • tiwšɛmawtxʷ Campus (Powell River)
  • Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Health and Human Services
  • Faculty of Management
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology
  • VIU Mariners

Are you looking to reach VIU employees? Please see the Internal Communications page.

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