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Letters of Thanks from Sponsored VIU Students

Galaxy Motors believes it is important to give back to all communities. Vancouver Island University is especially important to Galaxy Motors because of its impact on the automotive education on the island.

Thank you letter for sponsoring adult learning

Letters like these really mean a lot to us! We deeply appreciate knowing the extra effort is appreciated and worthwhile!

VIU History

As a major island university and one of the best places to learn in BC, VIU deserves some back story.

Vancouver Island University’s roots go back to 1936 when local garage owner and mechanic Jack Macready welcomed eight boys to train as automotive mechanics in a shed-turned-classroom. Two years later the federal and provincial governments began to fund vocational training in BC and Macready’s workshop was moved to more substantial quarters on the property of Thomas Hodgson School at the corner of Machleary and Wentworth Streets in downtown Nanaimo. It was officially named The Dominion-Provincial Youth Training Centre in 1938. While governments invested financially, the school relied on the support of the community for its success. When resources were scarce during the Depression, locals donated wood to heat the school and provided motors and machines used by instructors in the classroom. Later, students invested their own efforts toward the development of the community by clearing land for schools, sports fields, and roads. Reciprocal community support and involvement have been constant since the institution’s beginnings and are what has enabled VIU to grow into the successful, innovative, community-based and internationally-reaching educational institution it is today. VIU offers over 120 different courses today.

Giving Back to our Community

Here at Galaxy Motors, we are especially eager to help adult learners return to school.

In the past year, we have supported 4 students in the Adult Basic Education program at Vancouver Island University, enabling local residents to upgrade their skills and prepare for further education. We are pleased to announce that our first $1000 Galaxy Motors Cowichan Culinary Bursary was given in January to a local student in VIU’s Professional Cook Level 1 program. The Galaxy Motors Automotive Technology Award has already supported two students in VIU’s Automotive Service Technician program this year and has supported 8 students overall since 2016.

If you or anyone you know is interested in giving back, please contact Susie Caswell, Advancement Manager, Gift Planning and Donor Relations at 250.740.6216 or visit the VIU Website – Scholarship, Award & Bursary Program page

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