Prior to retirement, Carole MacFarlane was Career Programs Coordinator for the Vancouver School Board of Education in British Columbia. This involved the coordination of all career programs development in eighteen secondary schools, including: Career Preparation, Secondary School Apprenticeship and the provincial Industry Training Authority Accelerated Credentialed Education in Industry Training (ACE IT) Programs. She maintained contact with provincial and federal agencies and ministries for all Career Programs in order to receive, interpret, communicate, and influence District direction. It was also necessary to support, initiate and maintain community partnerships for the purpose of strengthening workplace-based experience, career exploration, school and district career conferences, and other career development events. She initiated and supported work experience training programs delivered at public and post-secondary institutions in addition to articulating with these institutions for development of secondary level courses and programs. Position duties also included assisting school and district staffs with organization of beneficial professional development activities.
Subsequent to retirement, Ms. MacFarlane did contract work with the BC Career Education Society. This involved the coordination and delivery of workshops to career educators, parents, administrators and teachers of Grades 4–10 across British Columbia. The purpose of these workshops related to the BC Skills and Training Plan was to explain and promote learning resources available on the Discover Trades BC portal — the one-stop shopping introduction to trades and related resources for students and parents in British Columbia.
She has been an active member of the British Columbia Career Education Society since 1995, and held various positions in the organization until November 2017. Current involvement is as an honourary lifetime member.
Additional board memberships included Junior Achievement of British Columbia, Advancing Career Development in Canada (CERIC) and The Counselling Foundation of Canada