Congratulations on choosing a college that has a Students’ Union! Think of North Island Students’ Union (NISU) as a group of friends here to support you though your studies.


Your Students' Union & You

NISU has three main areas of focus and they are:

Providing Resources and

Saving You Money

Campaigns, Safe Space

& Mediation

Student Connections Both In Person and Online



NISU offers services that encourage student success & save money.

All students at North Island College are members of North Island Students' Union (NISU), who are part of a provincial organisation, the British Columbia Federation of Students (BCFS).

Being part of the Federation offers NISU the chance to pool our resources & energy with other student groups from across BC, allowing access to great services like the extended health & dental plan, student dayplanner & handbook, The Deals App and so much more. 

To learn more about the BCFS visit



ALL NISU offices are safe spaces should you need refuge from any kind of abuse or discrimination. 

To achieve the goals of affordable, quality education for all, NISU works with the BCFS to run campaigns aimed at getting student voices heard by provincial and federal leaders. Current campaigns include; Knock Out Interest on Student Loans, Fund it, Fix it, Period Promise, Fairness for International Students, Reconciliation Through Education, Open Textbooks Now!, Trades Training, Unlearn: Equity and more. 


Student advocacy is available to help students should they have conflict within the organisation of North Island College or feel they are being treated unfairly.

Navigating student life can be challenging and with COVID 19 student stress has been higher than ever. NISU staff are on hand to help students understand what is expected of them and can also help students advocate for fairness if those expectations are unreasonable, unfair or discriminatory.

Learn more

Contact the Student Advocates



Enrich classroom learning by engaging with the college and broader communities. 

We love to plan events and activities to help you enjoy student life and connect with your community, wherever you are. 

From yoga and movie nights, we can help you find great ways to relax and have a laugh with other people from the college community.


Board of Directors

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Nicholas McCann-Anderton,
Accessibility & Equity Director
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Alfie Esperanza,
Community Director 
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Mercedes Dysserinck,
Communications Director
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Alex McColm,
Federation & Governance Relations Director
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Vincent Michaud  he/him
Internal Relations Director
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Student Union Design

North Island Students’ Union offers services and supports for students, by students.

North Island College has four campuses & a learning centre on Vancouver Island, and each is unique. Each Winter, general elections call for Union Representatives. Up to 25 students can become Union Reps, by nominating themselves and collecting support from either 5 fellow students for digital learners, or 10 fellow students for on campus learners. 

Any student who is a union member, (all NIC students) can run as a Union Representative, if they feel the call to do so. The term for Union Reps is April 1 - April 30 the following year. 

If more than 25 students come forward, an election process is triggered, with a campaign period and voting days. 

Once elected a Union Representative’s role is to engage with students through in person events (when safe and acceptable to do so) social media and online events with an aim to fostering connection and community among NIC students.

From the up to 25 Union Reps, up to 6 students are further elected to the Board of Directors, at the Annual General Meeting, held in April each year. 

The Board of Directors are the governing body of North Island Student’s Union, responsible for leadership and setting direction for the terms focus. 

The Board of Directors are expected to spend a minimum of 4 hours a month on Students' Union business, with Committee of the Whole & Board of Directors meetings. They are further able to spend up to 20 hours a month supporting the work of the Union. These positions are compensated, in recognition of energy required. 

Committee of the Whole meeting sees $35, Board of Directors meeting sees $65 and the up to 20 hours of service is at $21/hr. The Students' Union endeavours to be a Living Wage employer. 

Students’ unions are an amazing way to learn about governance and gain valuable experience from a variety of areas including leadership, policy, budgets, committees, active communication, management and so much more. It is an honour to be elected and be the voice for your fellow students on the Board of Directors.

North Island Students Union has staff to manage daily operations. Responsibilities of staff are: Coordinate services; extended health & dental plan, support events & activities, support students seeking advocacy, run campaigns as directed by the Board, support elected members & much more.

Student engagement strengthens the Students' Union campaigns and that returns full circle to empower students. Unions are a way for us to actively partake in democracy and support our fellow students as well as working towards a bright future where all people are treated equally and have access to quality, affordable education.