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Carol Smith

$30,475.89 (raised so far)

About Carol Smith

Carol was born in Moncton, NB, and at age 3 moved to London Ontario, then at age 9 moved to North Vancouver. Carol was exceedingly bright and talented. She graduated from Handsworth Secondary at age 16. She obtained a degree in Zoology from UBC at age 20, and then went on to complete her degree in Civil Engineering, also from UBC. Carol received her Professional Engineer designation at 26 and practiced engineering for 23 years. She was a highly skilled Traffic Engineer and was well respected by her peers.

Carol started her career with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in the Development Approval section of the South Coast Region. Carol’s goal was to be a professional engineer so she applied for the Ministry’s EIT program and following acceptance she moved to Victoria. Carol flourished as an engineer; she was passionate about figuring things out, trying to make the system work efficiently for public safety. After a stint in the planning section she decided that Traffic Engineering was her calling. She loved nothing more than calculating a complicated progression analysis along the Ministry’s highway networks. She worked tirelessly expecting nothing less than perfection from herself.

She returned to the South Coast Region to work in Traffic Operations and then decided to try Municipal operations with the Township of Langley. The island was calling and Carol left government in 1991 to move back to Victoria and work with Transtech Data Services. She had a long career with Transtech building up their collection services, liaising with clients and having fun developing the company.

After leaving Transtech, Carol worked for ICBC on their Safer Cities Program where she reviewed intersection safety for intersections and recommended improvements to reduce crashes. She also worked for PBA Engineering performing traffic analysis and signing design. Her last project for PBA Engineering was a big one. She was the lead engineer for designing the guide signing on the Port Mann Highway 1 – Port Mann Bridge projects. These projects covered over 35 kilometres of highway, over 30 new structures with capital costs of over a billion dollars.

Carol was an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. She served on the ITE Vancouver Island Section executive board as a member-at-large (2005 to 2009). She also volunteered as registration chair for the CITE annual conference, which was held in Victoria in 2008.
Carol became a Warden of Iron Ring Camp 23 (of the national Corporation of the Seven Wardens) in January, 2004. Carol was an enthusiastic member of the Camp from the outset and her pride in her professional calling resonated well with the University of Victoria’s graduating engineering students as they were obligated and received their iron rings each spring. She lead a review of the conduct of the Obligation Ceremony which resulted in its script becoming more welcoming to female engineering participants and she supported the holding of a second Ceremony annually to broaden the opportunity for graduands convocating in the autumn to participate. Her engaging personality, her respected quest for excellence and her good humour will be very much missed by her colleagues

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The impact of your support

Carol was deeply committed to the field of engineering, and led the way as a woman in engineering long before this was common. Women are still underrepresented in the field.

In honour of Carol’s legacy to her profession, a scholarship fund in Carol’s name will be established to support promising female civil engineers studying at UBC, helping to raise awareness to the value of diversity, and to encourage academic, leadership, professional, and personal development for women engineering students.

Your gift will honour Carol’s memory, and help to support a talented female student pursue a career in engineering.

Messages of Remembrance

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  • We will so miss Carol's warm and beautiful smile. Every time we met this lovely lady, we came away with a warm and wonderful feeling of being around her. Dear carol, no more tears, no more pain. - dick & Jane butler.

    Dick & Jane butler, Friends
  • I am extremely grateful for the time we had as friends! Thank you.

    Sharon Goddard,PEng, Friend
  • I am so saddened to hear of Carol’s passing. We spent many hours together at work in Highway Planning Branch and after hours in our ‘heyday’ – travelling to ball tournaments in the interior of BC and just all round enjoying our young lives together as work colleagues and friends. She is a very bright light gone too soon. My sincere condolences to Peter and her family.

    Suzanne Moreau, colleague and friend
  • To a valued friend and colleague ... your smile, cheerful disposition and gift of bringing out the best in everyone will be missed greatly. Words simply escape me to truly express the enormity of such a tragic loss. To family and friends that she loved so much, please accept my deepest of condolences.

    Jessie Bains, P.Eng., Friend and Colleague
  • Our hearts are heavy with sadness with the passing of Carol. I first met Carol and Pierre at Horne Lake and they were beautiful, kind and generous individuals. Horne lake is heaven to me and Carol is in heaven. I will be there soon and we will have a glass a wine together... Love you Carol. Cathy Loukas and my Partner Gail Landsberger

    Cathy Loukas, Friend from the Lake
  • An unforgettable spirit has passed from among us and the community of Horne Lake, family and friends mourns her loss. We met Carol & Pierre at the lake, always waved when we saw them kayaking, enjoyed the times they stopped for a cold drink and a lunch snack on their many walks. Love gets us through the toughest times, it brings us smiles and clears our minds. The spirit remembers and love lives on.

    Tina & Don Wilson, Friends from Horne Lake
  • I will remember Carols’ great smile and most infectious laugh – one that fills a room and warms you from the inside – we have truly lost a light. Pierre you both have been in my thoughts. "When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." --- Kahlil Gibran

    Marlene Smulders, Friend from Horne Lake
  • I'll miss our kayak rides together! We will meet up again one day for another one.

    Janice Bulger & John Marshall, Friend
  • Carol and Pierre, I fondly remember the warmth with which you welcomed me to Horne Lake. Your friendly, bright smiles and hugs each time we'd meet. The beautiful home you created together, overlooking this spectacular lake, where surely, Carol's spirit lives on. Pierre, you're in my thoughts and prayers. With love & gratitude, Kris

    Kristin Kucera, Friend
  • Dear Pierre and Carol's family: We are so saddened to learn of Carol's passing. She will be remembered for being such a "bright light"... always with a big smile and something important to say... so competent, and so, so nice! We share your sorrow, and send to you our sincerest condolences.

    Joanne & Mike Nusbaum, Sailing friends
  • Pierre, We are so grateful for the wonderful memories of your visit here in Fredericton in July. We so admire Carol's spunk in travelling across Canada with you and her family to join us for the wedding...she taught us all a lesson in bravery as well as how to do the elephant walk. Wish we were closer to give you a big hug! Anne and Paul Caverhill

    Anne and Paul Caverhill, Maritime cousins
  • Carol is now gone from us but we will cherish the many memories we have of both Carol & Pierre from the many years we have known and enjoyed their company. My most recent memory is from August 20th at one of the many "Pot-Luck Dinners" we have enjoyed together with our Horne Lake group. This one at Ruth & Rob's with dancing included. The other was on August 27th when NINE of us went kayaking at Horne Lake. Carol was right there with her chearful smile and keeping up with all the rest, you would not know that she was having any health problems. We will miss Carol, our group has lost a very loving, friendly person and we will miss her terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pierre, Carol's mother and the rest of the family. Alice, Bob & Zoya Silvester.

    Alice, Bob, and Zoya, Horne Lake Friends
  • I fell in love with Carol right from the start. She was such an amazing person. Carol was my soul mate; she was my best friend, my wife, and my engineering colleague. She was bright, fun and never missed a beat. We did many great things together. One of our achievements that I am very proud of, was building our dream cottage which we completed two summers ago. Carol’s engineering and planning talent really came through on this project. She had great vision combined with a keen eye for detail. It’s amazing how the two of us worked so well together. The ability to collaborate to this extent is rarely found between two people. She loved her new lake cottage and I am at peace knowing that we had time to enjoy the fruits of our labour. It’s only been a few days since she is gone and I miss her dearly. I love you Carol.

    Pierre Boudreau, Husband
  • Carol was my sister, friend and soul mate. Her first engineering project was a rabbit hutch she designed and built with my Dad when she was a child. Carol was dearly loved by her family and we will carry her in our hearts forever.

    Janice Jones, sister
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry: I am not there. I did not die.

    on behalf of Barzhang, one of her many crew
  • Carol we will miss your smiling face and warm heart. xoxoxo

    Clay and Tammy Wilcox, Horne Lake Family
  • Dear friend for 35 years! We will dearly miss your mischievous grin and boundless energy. We will treasure the times we've shared and will be comforted to know that your spirit will remain within our hearts. Cheers old friend!

    MaryAnne Christie, UBC
  • We will miss having Carol as our friendly neighbour at Horne Lake. When the breeze blows, when we smell the sweet fragrance of the forest, when the sun shines, when the raindrops fall, we will certainly continue to feel her spirit! Our hearts go out to Pierre and to Carol’s family. Love from the Chris and Mary Ann Dusting Family

    Chris and Mary Ann Dusting, Neighbours at the lake
  • In honor of Carol and in support of Chantelle and the Boudreau family, the STARR Program from Garth Homer Society raised $241.89 with our recent Hot Dog Day Fundraiser. All proceeds have been donated to the fund in tribute to Carol...an amazing engineer, wife, step-mother, and friend.

    Chantelle Boudreau and The STARR Program, Garth Homer Society
  • Carol had eyes that danced and a smile that lit up a room. She was genuine, good natured, loyal and kind. She will be deeply missed. Carolann & Gary.

    Carolann & Gary Steinhoff, Friends
List of Donors
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  • Tom, Carolyn and David French

  • Barbara Thomas

  • Sandra Schmid

  • Don Henderson

  • Joseph & Michelle Jacobs

  • Debra Woods & Aubrey Eichel

  • David & Rosanne Queen

  • Gerald Clancy

  • Carolann and Gary Steinhoff

  • colin smith

  • Charlotte Gann

  • Patricia & Lou Benasi

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