Mike Matthews (1937 – 2012) was a lifelong supporter of Canadian books and Canadian writers.
During his thirty-three-year teaching career at Vancouver Island University (formerly Malaspina College), Mike championed a central role for Canadian literature in the syllabus. In addition, he wrote dozens of reviews of Canadian books for publications that included the Globe and Mail and The Malahat Review. After retirement, he continued to offer courses on Canadian authors at VIU’s Elder College for several years.
In his memory, the Mike Matthews Award for Studies in Canadian Literature has been established for a Vancouver Island University Arts and Humanities student who has a demonstrated interest in Canadian literature, and who is continuing graduate studies in this field.