Caroline Woodward, "A West Coast Summer" book cover
Caroline Woodward

Author and lighthouse keeper Caroline Woodward, BA’74, and renowned Salt Spring Island artist Carol Evans have collaborated on a picture book for children. Published in September 2018, A West Coast Summer (Harbour Publishing) pairs two dozen of Evans’ wonderful watercolours with a lilting, rhyming story by Woodward. It tells of a timeless and idyllic season where “sea salt in the air floats everywhere / and cedars smell so sweet beside the shore.” Children race bikes along sand flats, search under logs and in tide pools for tiny creatures, jig at the dock for herring, dance at a totem‑raising ceremony, pick berries, make memories, and leave footprints in the sand.

Gordon Butt, BSC’76, has recently retired after 38 years in the environmental sector. He established his consulting firm – Madrone Environmental Services Ltd. – in 1988, which has since hired numerous UBC graduates. Gordon still remembers the day he spent walking around campus at the beginning of his second year, wondering in which department he should enrol. A chance visit to the Geography Department sealed his fate, and his UBC education has served him well ever since. His career has led him to some of the most beautiful places in BC, as well as to far‑flung locales such as Malaysia, Thailand, the UK, and (now) Tanzania.


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