Carol Matthews has worked as a social worker, community worker, and Dean of Human Services and Community Education at Malaspina University-College (now Vancouver Island University) between 1988 and 1999. In 1999 she was awarded the Association of Community Colleges National Award for Excellence in Leadership.
She has a strong interest in the non-profit sector and in community leadership. In addition to teaching and consulting activities, she has served as a director on a number of local and provincial boards and committees. In 2008 Carol was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree from Vancouver Island University (VIU). In 2012, was awarded the Order of B.C. in recognition of achievement and commitment to her local community, and In January of 2013, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
After retiring from Malaspina, Carol worked with her husband Mike through Wayword Communications on a variety of writing projects and community initiatives. Together they traveled to many places, writing about food, wine, labyrinths and interesting people. Since Mike’s death, Carol has moved from their beloved Protection Island home of over 20 years to live in Nanaimo.
Carol’s short stories have appeared in a number of literary publications, including Room, The New Quarterly, Prism and Grain Magazine, and she is the winner of the 2017 Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction. She has frequently published reviews in Malahat and Event and has also published articles in several educational journals. Articles published in the Journal of Relational Child and Youth Care Practice were collected and published as The First Three Years of a Grandmother’s Life (2006). A collection of short fiction, Incidental Music was published by Oolichan Books (2007). Reflections on the C-Word: At the Centre of the Cancer Labyrinth, a cancer memoir, was published by Hedgerow Press (2007). Questions for Ariadne: The Labyrinth and the End of Times was published by Outlaw Editions (2011). Minerva’s Owl: The Bereavement Phase of My Marriage was published by Oolichan Books in 2017 and a new edition of Questions for Ariadne was published by Oolichan in 2018.