Meet the Volume 55 Masthead…

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Megan Zolorycki

Managing Editor


Megan is a fourth-year Creative Writing and Business student. Between managing The Nav, doing an internship for Vancouver Magazine, and being in Portal, it’s safe to say she has little time for anything else. In her miniscule amount of free time, Megan enjoys trying as many new dumpling flavours as humanly possible and reading cheesy romance novels.
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Tianna Vertigan

Associate Managing Editor


Tianna is a queer student in her final year at VIU. She’s taken so many different electives that everyone forgets Creative writing is her major, and she’s also minoring in SWAG. Between her studies, day (night) job, internship at Caitlin Press, and work with The Nav, Portal, and Sad Girl Review, it’s safe to say she’s pretty deep in her girlboss era.
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Mike Duddy

Associate Managing Media Editor


Mike is a web designer, writer, and videographer who has lived and experienced stories from all over Western Canada. He is on his third journey through VIU pursuing his degree in Digital Media Studies. In his non-VIU life, Mike spends his time hanging out with his wife and kids, exploring Vancouver Island, and learning how to be a better global citizen. This is Mike’s second year at The Nav, and he is looking forward to telling the stories that matter to Nanaimo, and especially the VIU community.
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Carly Davis

Marketing Manager


Carly is a fourth-year business student majoring in HR and minoring in Marketing. With a passion for connecting, Carly is the self-proclaimed queen of LinkedIn. A true busybody; if she’s not commuting up and down the island, you can find her either at the driving range, trying out a new restaurant, or taking in all the beauty Vancouver Island
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Barbara Burgardt

Social Media Manager


Barbara is a Latin American international student majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in English. In her free time, she enjoys playing Sims, watching (bad) movies, pretending to write while spending way too much time on social media, and going into random hyper fixations.
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Sam Criddle

Nav Reporter


Sam is a fourth-year Criminology student minoring in Indigenous Studies. She is also working towards a certificate in Legal Studies and plans to pursue a law degree upon graduation. She loves learning and living the ‘student life’ and is looking forward to writing for The Navigator this year.
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Sophia Wasylinko



Sophia is in her third year at The Navigator and fifth (final!) year of the Creative Writing and Journalism program. Outside of The Nav, she volunteers as a Peer Helper and is doing another year of Portal Magazine. This summer, a solo trip to Japan ignited Sophia’s wanderlust. She hopes to return soon, next time with a stop in Korea.
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Jenaya Shaw



Jenaya is a multi-genre writer and artist in her third year as a Creative Writing student. She spends her free time building a portfolio of tattoo designs and dreams of studying in Australia and Taiwan, publishing novels and tattooing.
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Ella Hannesson



Ella—short for Ellisif—is a passionate English and Liberal Studies student in her second year. She enjoys fashion and Lana Del Rey, and she spends her free time reading, writing, and thrifting.
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Ben Rosneau



Ben is a fourth-year Digital Media Studies student. Though his work as a videographer covers a variety of topics, he is particularly passionate about telling stories that focus on the natural world. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, baking, recording music, reading nature books, and looking for birds. This year, Ben has a new obsession: transit.
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Austin Heidt

Sports Videographer


Austin is in his final year of the Digital Media Studies program and is currently the play-by-play commentator for the VIU Basketball teams. His love for sports has moved from the playing field to the Nav newsroom, where he hopes to share sensational stories and energetic interviews of your favourite Mariner student-athletes, coaches, and teams!
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Jack Corfield

Podcast Editor


Jack is a fourth-year Creative Writing and Media Studies student who spends their island time writing novels and creating digital art. They are also the President of VIU’s Creative Writing Club. Their art, script, and poetry is featured in Portal Magazine, which they were co-Managing Editor of in 2023.
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Celia Brand

Art Director


Celia is a third-year Graphic Design student. When she’s not designing our beautiful issue covers, you can find her thrifting for cute home goods, baking scones, and talking sh*t with the ME. Though she’s known for her illustration skills, Celia is also passionate about package design and photography (hint: look at our slick masthead photos).
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Charlie Szafron

Website Developer


Charlie is a second-year Web and Mobile Development student in the Information Technology program. When they’re not coding and developing, they enjoy playing video games, creating art, cuddling their cats, and being outside in nature—particularly in forests.
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Sam Bollinger

Copy Editor


Sam is a poet, editor, and oxford comma enthusiast. She is in her fourth year at VIU, studying Creative Writing and English. When she’s not at The Nav, she’s working on Portal Magazine, editing children’s books at Strong Nations, or losing a game of chess in only four moves.