Cynthia and her husband, Ken Carling, working on a Caitlin Press publication
Cynthia Wilson (Cindy White) was a faculty member at CNC for 17 years, from 1980-1997. She taught academic upgrading and University Transfer English, and was a co-ordinator in the Developmental Studies Centre as well as the Centre for Student Success.
She left the College to devote more time to publishing. Cynthia was the owner and publisher of Caitlin Press from 1991-2005. The Press focussed on northern writers and was very successful, producing 67 award-winning books under Cynthia's direction.
At the time she passed away, on Friday May 13, 2005, she had just moved back to her childhood home in Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast, where she planned to continue publishing.
Friends and colleagues were saddened by her sudden passing. Two events were held to celebrate her life. On June 5, a memorial service was held at Pender Harbour. Fran Miller (Accessibility Services) attended the service and shared memories of Cynthia's time at CNC. On June 8, a special tribute was held in Prince George at the Public Library. Speakers included John Harris (English), Barry McKinnon (English) and Kathy Plett (Library). Tributes from this event were published in a special Winter 2006 issue of the online journal "Reflections on Water," edited by Vivien Lougheed and Lynda Williams.
In honour of Cynthia's contribution to the College and to the Canadian publishing scene, a Cynthia Wilson Scholarship has been established. You are welcome to contribute to the scholarship, which will benefit students in new media and writing programs. For more information please contact:
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College of New Caledonia Library Archives, 3330 - 22nd Ave., Prince George BC V2N 1P8