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The Vancouver Island School of Art changes people's lives. People come to our school to learn about art and they leave with knowledge about techniques and contemporary art, as well as with a greater sense of who they are as a person. In addition VISA is a wonderful community where people have met life-long friends and continue to take courses and workshops often long after they have completed a Certificate or Diploma.

VISA is a post-secondary independent art school founded in 2004 by artist and instructor, Wendy Welch. During its first ten years of development, the school has achieved accreditation with PTIB (Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education), as well as transfer agreements with two degree-granting institutions: Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Vancouver Island University. Students can transfer credits from our Certificate program to receive university degrees in art.

VISA is a non-profit, charitable organization with Revenue Canada and is run by a Board of Directors consisting of professionals from the Victoria community. Our regular faculty have graduate degrees in art.

Registered Charity #86392 1433 RR0001

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VISA relies almost entirely on tuition and does not recieve operational funding from any government sources.

Our funding comes from people like you!

VISA relies almost entirely on tuition and does not receive operational funding from any government sources. Donations from the community are crucial in terms of VISA's long-term sustainablity.

For those of you who have taken a course or program here you will know how much it changes your life, and for those of you who live with one of our students, you can attest to the fact VISA has changed their life.

We appreciate donations of any amount ($10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 are some popular amounts). You will receive a tax receipt for all donations over $20 and have your name on our website and newsletter (optional).

Your donation will help in making individuals lives better as well as make the City of Victoria a brighter more dynamic place to live.

Thank you for your continued support!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the Vancouver Island School of Art through donations and sponsorships. VISA is grateful for all of their loyal supporters and knows it is because of them that the school has become a distinguished art organization in the City of Victoria.

Our friends

We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the following individuals and organizations who have made cash donations to the Vancouver Island School of Art. The support of these special individuals has helped VISA become a vibrant and successful community-minded arts institution.

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Benefactor (+$1000) Artemis PR Design Christine Beer Maureen Calkins Luke Carson Catherine Lupin Marsha Crawford Charles Douglas Estate of B Louise Woodward Katherine Farris Laura Feeleus Diane Foster Deborah Glover Christine Goldburn Shirley Grosser Ira Hoffecker Catherine Holt John Houghton Kathleen Lane Kim Leslie Tanta Pennington Xane St Phillip Andrea Torokvei Bill Turner Terry Vatrt Gordon Walker Wendy Welch Patron ($250-$1000) Sylvia Bews-Wright Jean Anne Wightman Dorothy Appleton Mary Babineau Colette Baty Charlotte Bell Erica Bird Elizabeth Brodie Lien Chang Tish Clayton Kyler Clement Ann Connelly Jane Coombe Gail Davidson Lorraine Douglas Darryl Farquhar Lynda Gammon Barbara Gilbert Debra Gloeckler Leanne Harrison Susan Henwood Tricia Hodgins Anne Humphries Sally Ireland Robin Kirkpatrick Harry Knufman Donald Kreye Kristin Krimmel Patricia Lawton Allan Leslie Sandra Macintosh-Thompson Helen Marzolf Justin McGrail Paul McNair Marti Mussell Louise Oborne Kit Pearson Phillips Brewing Company Nan Phillips Claudette Poitras Marion Porath Power of Ten Bonny Racca Nicola Rendell Kate Seaborne Pat Seebach Bonnie Stebbings Beatrice Van Winden Scott Vannan Andre Williams Jennifer Wilson Supporter ($100-$249) Audrey Alsterberg Robert Bailey James Baker Lesley Bennett Miko Betanzo Bruce Bowman Marianne Brabanski Bru Shell Management Vivienne M. Bruce Trevor Calkins Ruth Carlson Carolyn Converse Patricia Cook Deborah Kennedy Patricia Crofton Penny Crowe Fran Cudlipp Joy Davis Linda Dickson Jill Ehlert Kevin Farris Melissa Gignac Colin Gloeckler David Good Shellie Gudgeon Marilyn Harris Barbara Haslin Judith Herman June Higgins Diana Jack Marlene Jess Karen Jones Patrick Jones JoAnne Kahan Alison Kermack Barbara Kerwin Alan Kohut Alana Nast Daniel Laskarin Mary Laucks Judy Lightwater Kathy MacCallum Pat Martin Bates Mary Mason Ken McAllister Barbara McCaffrey Karen McDiarmaid Anne Marie McPartlin Susan Mesick Frank Mitchell Georgina Montgomery Donna Nelson Lisa Nicholson Linda Park Jan-Louise Paterson Deborah Poirier Mena Quilici rebar Dorothy Rich Joan Richardson Jenn Robins Paul Romaniuk Kate Scoones Michael Shamata Shift It Coach Jodi Skiba Barbara Snyder Ken Sohm Marion Spillette Susan Stovel Barrie Szekely Germaine Taylor Mary-ellen Threadkell Bonnie Tomlinson Jon Tupper Doug Turner Joan Tuttle Rhonda Usipiuk Janis Van de Geer John Van de Geer Jaqueline van Voorst Jo Vipond Sheilagh Walsh Liz Wells Lynn Wylie Jane Young Elizabeth Zook Friend ($25-$99) Susann Allnutt Gregory Ball Josephine Bohemier Maria Ciarniello Lori Dunn Brenda Estill Melissa Gedney John Harris Joanne Hewko Joseph Hoh Nina Huppmann Milica Ivaz Toby Lawrence Diana Nicholson Clayton Savage Karon Aasen Josi Abata David Adams John Alexander Ruth Annis Rick Arora Stella Barbon Jack Basey Suzanne Benoit Lorna Bergen Celine Berry Susan Bing John Block Neil Bosdet Lauren Boucher Wendy Bowkett Hazel Braithwaite Deborah Brendeland Joseph Briante Eva Campbell Jeanne Cannizzo Jane Carroll Jerri Carson Peter & Dawn Casson Alan Caastle Lorene Cecconi Renae Choo Stephanie Clark Cameron Clement Sheila Cooper Sarah Cowan Amy Cripps Rose Davidson Penny Davies M Davis Wendy De Gros Martine Desbois Nancy Dolan Annelie Dominik Jo & Jim Eaton Barry Edmonson Carol Anne Edwards Kellie Elder Enkon Information Systems Lorraine Fallis Susan Feilders Court Fooks Anna Forbes Kevin Forkheim Marion Fraser Yvonne Fried S Frost Danielle Fullwood Trinity Gatehell Jan Gates Bryan Gilbert Steven Goring Chris Grant Kathy Guthrie Melanie & Michael Hadfield Barbara Hagar Donna J. Hall Suzanne Hamilton Debbie Hargreaves Holly Harper Tara Hearn Rachel Hellner James Henwood Valerie Houghton Dawn House Robert Howell Carol Hubberstey Patricia Humphreys Nancy Issenman Michelle Jacques Michel Janisse Linda Jarman Karen Jensen Michael Jess Rebekah Johnson Lisa Kachan Laurie Keenan Charles Kierulf Ellen Kierulf Mark Krupa Kyle Labinsky Jane Laing Sarah Lang Linde Lange Rosemary Lapenskie Sandy Lee Katherine Lefebvre Bev Lenihan Terry Loeppky Chiarina Loggia Mark Loria Mary Loria Philippe Lucas Joyce Luna Julie Luna Steve MacCarthy Amber MacGregor Lisa Markin James Mattison Jim McBride Lynda McKewan Maureen Milburn Charles Molnar Caroline Moore Maureen Murphy-Dyson William Murphy Dyson Alana Nast Katy Nelson Tara Nicholson Michael Nowlin Helen Marzolf B O'Reilly Wendy Painter Paul Pallan Anita Parris Rob Parris Wendy Patterson Derek Peach Linda Peters Robin Pike Birgit Piskor Chris Porter Maria Porter Helen C Pouliot Jennifer Pritchard Joan Pritchard Wendy Pryde James Quinn Bill Reed Judy Reed Janet Remmer Janet Robson Oliver Rohma Eric Sager Linda Saunders Anne Schultz Dale Schuss Christine Scott Phyllis Serota Verena & Steve Sexsmith Heather Shave Claire Sira Dave Skilling Gerald Smeltzer David Stafford David Stephen Dave Stephen Susan Stewart Audrey & Matthew Takoski Cheryl Taves Pat Tennant Clare Thomas Joanne Thomson Barbara Thomson Gwen Thomson-Robinow John Tolmie Judy Tolmie Vicky Turner Stephanie Vagvolgyi Riesa Venchuk Roy Verbrugge Lynne Viezko Rasa & Dainius Vzdaviniene Andy Wachtel Catherine Wallace Bob Watts Johanna Weeks David Welke Sharon Wiebe Jennifer Wilkinson Barb Wilson Kara Woodward Zebra Design Jessica Ziakin Wendy Zink Niko Zorkin Robin Zorkin Alex Zorkin