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) and has served on a number of local and provincial boards and committees.
In 1999 she was awarded the Association of Community Colleges National Award for Excellence in Leadership. In 2008 Carol was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree from Vancouver Island University. In 2012, was awarded the
Order of B.C. and In January of 2013, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Carol has published a collection of short stories and 5 books of non-fiction as well as number of short stories and articles in literary and academic journals.