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Long Service Awards

The VIU Homestay Program began a new tradition in November 2018 with the long-term service awards.  Recognizing and celebrating hosting milestones was long overdue. Nearly 100 homestay hosts were recognized in 2018.

The Long Service Awards Reception is an evening dedicated to celebrating homestay hosts who have reached hosting milestones of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 years’ service to the Homestay Program. 

In 2020, homestay hosts were recognized with hand-delivered care packages since an in-person ceremony was not possible.