MIWG Monthly Meetings


NOTEThe meeting room where we normally meet at VIU is not available in June, so the June 2024 meeting will be held at Jonanco Hobby Workshop. The address is:

2745 White Rapids Rd, Nanaimo, BC.

MIWG members meet on the second Wednesday of each month (except for July and August) at 7:00 pm in the VIU Trades Discovery Centre, which is located in Building 108 on the Vancouver Island University campus in Nanaimo (451 Wakesiah Avenue). 

These monthly Guild meetings are being run as “Hybrid Meetings”, which means that you can either attend the meeting in-person, or you can attend the meeting virtually using Zoom. The meetings are also recorded and the videos are available for viewing offline on our YouTube account. Hybrid Meetings are a great concept that allows people who are unable to attend the meeting in-person to still “attend” virtually using Zoom and/or to view the video recording of the meeting at a later date. Click here to see details about the equipment used to run our Hybrid Meetings.

Guests are always welcome to attend our Monthly Guild Meetings. If you are thinking about joining the guild and would like to attend one of our meetings, please contact Mike Donnelly, our Vice President who is responsible for membership at membership@miwg.ca, and he will email you the details you need to know in order to attend the meeting in person or via Zoom.


VIU Trades Discovery Centre

451 Wakesiah Ave, Nanaimo BC


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Parking Options

VIU has two parking lots located a short distance away from our meeting room in the VIU Trades Discovery Centre (Building 108):

  • VIU Parking Lot A (Economy Parking), which is located at the NW corner of Fifth St and Wakesiah Ave and just south of the VIU Trades Discovery Centre (Building 108). Enter this parking lot from either entrance 5A on Fifth Street or from entrance W1 on Wakesiah Avenue.
  • VIU Parking Lot U (General Parking), which is located right in front of the VIU Trades Discovery Centre (Building 108). There are 21 parking spots directly in front of Building 108, and more to the right in front of Building 110. Enter this parking lot from entrance W1 or W2 on Wakesiah Avenue.

The parking lots at VIU are all pay-parking, and they are independantly managed and monitored by Indigo Parking. The parking arrangement we have worked out with Indigo Parking is that they will provide us with a discount code that Guild members can input at the pay station along with their licence plate number.  This parking code allows Guild members to pay a flat-rate fee of $2.00 for parking for the evening. The parking code doesn’t change from month to month, it stays the same.  Note that if you pay for parking using the pay station and the Guild’s discount code, you can park in any of the parking spots in parking Lot A or parking Lot U.

Hint – Consider car-pooling when attending the MIWG monthly meetings as it’s more fun to drive with someone and it also will reduce costs!

There is a pay station at the north end of Parking Lot A, just a short distance from the front doors of the VIU Trade Discovery Centre.

Note – Indigo Parking also has an app called “Indigo Neo” that you can install on iPhone or Android phones that makes it easy to pay without having to go to the parking kiosks. To use this app, you just have to download the App from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, and then configure your license plate number, a credit card number (or use Apple Pay) and the discount parking code. Note that due to a software limitation with the app, if you pay for parking using the app, you can only park in Lot A. If you try to park in Lot U, you’re liable to get a parking ticket.

For more detail, please refer to the Parking Information Map on the VIU website.


The following photo gallery shows the VIU Trades Discovery Centre and the meeting room where we will be holding our monthly meetings starting April 13, 2022.