NISU organizer, college relations, Carissa Wilson accepts delivery of Aunt Flow menstrual products, which are being made available for free for NIC students at all four campus locations. SUBMITTED PHOTO

North Island College to offer free menstrual products

NIC and North Island Students’ Union partnering on the initiative

North Island College and the North Island Students’ Union (NISU) are partnering to make menstrual products available for free to NIC students.

The Aunt Flow dispensers will be installed in one female-identified washroom, one male-identified washroom and one gender neutral washroom at each campus location. Each dispenser will be filled with pads and tampons, which will be available for free.

“We’re excited to be able to partner with NIC to make these products available at all four NIC campuses,” said Carissa Wilson, NISU Organiser, College Relations, in a press release. “Menstrual products are a necessity, and they are also expensive. If your period arrives unexpectedly – as it does for 86 per cent of those who experience menstruation – knowing you can easily access the products you need provides peace of mind for our members, all NIC students.”

“This project helps to reduce barriers for our students,” added NIC President John Bowman. “No student should have to miss class or have their studies impacted by not being able to access menstrual products.”

The project was piloted at the Comox Valley campus last year and is now being expanded to Campbell River, Port Alberni and Mixalakwila (Port Hardy) campuses.

NISU is also working with the United Way, signing on to the Period Promise campaign to provide free menstrual products for the union staff members.

“We’re seeing a growing conversation about how important it is to have accessible and affordable menstrual products,” said Wilson. “We’re proud NIC can be an institution other post-secondaries can look to as an example of how to implement this kind of project.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Australian investigators head to C-130 plane crash site

B.C. gov’t makes statement, sends condolences to Coulson Aviation

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs pick up another come-from-behind win

Bulldogs take the Cowichan Valley Capitals to overtime

Veteran Island journalist battles cancer through pioneering treatment

Vancouver Island rallies around JR Rardon and family during stay in Seattle

Coulson Aviation C-130 crashes in Australia, killing three on board

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

VIDEO: Rare ‘ice circle’ spotted on Kamloops river

An ice circle or ice pan, has formed in the chilly waters just east of the Yellowhead Bridge

Uber, Lyft approved for ride-hailing in Lower Mainland

Kater Technologies Inc.’s application was rejected

B.C. man rescued after getting trapped headfirst in well as water level rose

The rescue involved crews from Oak Bay and Saanich

RCMP investigating sexual allegation against Lower Mainland police officer

Delta officer suspended while the alleged off-duty incident involving a co-worker is investigated

Former Mountie, sports coach convicted of sex abuse in B.C. granted day parole

Alan Davidson was sentenced to almost six years for abusing seven boys in the late 1970s and early 1990s

VIDEO: Person in wheelchair narrowly avoids collision with car in Kelowna

There were no injuries in the scary looking near-accident last week in Rutland

Here’s what Canada is doing to stop the coronavirus from getting in

Health officials are monitoring multiple possible cases in Canada

B.C. still struggling to control non-resident medical care fraud

Unpaid bills, out-of-province claimants a costly legacy of MSP

Father to B.C.’s first MLB hall-of-famer is one proud dad

Larry Walker Sr. talks baseball background and son’s base running gaffe

Most Read