Carole (Goss) Taylor 6T7

Carole (Goss) Taylor Vic 6T7 received the 2004 Victoria College Distinguished Alumni Award winner for her accomplishments in the fields of broadcasting, politics and public service. Taylor was presented with the award at a dinner in her honour on March 17.

Taylor began her broadcasting career as host of CTV’s After Four while still a student at Victoria College. She went on to host CTV’s Canada AM and W5 before joining the CBC to host Pacific Report and Authors, as well as Scene from Here and Vancouver Life.

Taylor, who often interviewed politicians, turned to politics herself in 1986 and was elected to Vancouver City Council as an independent. She told VicReport in 2001, “I’d reached a stage where, rather than interviewing people who were accomplishing things in the world, I should try to accomplish things myself.” Taylor performed so well as chair of the Neighbourhood, Cultural and Community Services Committee that she topped the polls in her second election. 

In 1990 Taylor left politics to serve as chair of the Vancouver Port Authority and subsequently as chair of Canada Ports Corporation. Taylor then went on to chair the Vancouver Board of Trade, heading the Spirit of Vancouver Task Force in a city-wide effort to revitalize the partnership between business and the local community.

Taylor was made an officer of the Order of Canada and appointed chair of CBC/Radio-Canada’s board of directors in 2001. As well as serving on many corporate and non-profit boards, Taylor also contributes her leadership and expertise to Victoria University as member of the president’s advisory board for Vic One.