Manager, Learning and Western Cities
Alison works with Tamarack’s Cities Reducing Poverty as Manager of Learning and Western Cities. She has been involved with Vibrant Communities since 2012 through her previous role as Director of Vibrant Abbotsford. Here, she coordinated an affordable fruit and vegetable box program, a financial empowerment initiative, and the Living Wage Fraser Valley campaign. Alison joined the Tamarack team in 2016 as Manager of Learning, Evaluation and Policy.
Alison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a Master's degree in International Community Health from the University of Oslo. She holds a Project Management Certification through the Project Management Institute, and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation through Carleton University.
Alison has researched predictors of HIV/AIDS risk behaviours in Nepal, and has worked with Provincial AIDS Committees in Papua New Guinea to design and roll out a national data management system. She has supported individuals experiencing poverty, homelessness, addiction, and mental illness through Homelessness Outreach work in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, people with disabilities in the UK, and people living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
Based in beautiful British Columbia, Alison spends her free time whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, backcountry snowboarding, and practicing aerial silks.
Tamarack is excited to present a special one-day workshop with Max Hardy, a leading Australian Community Engagement consultant, along with Liz Weaver and Sylvia Cheuy of the Tamarack Institute to learn core principles and innovative practices to better engage your community.
Drawing on case studies from Australia and Canada, as well as techniques and activities that demonstrate alternative ways to meaningfully engage communities/citizens throughout the lifespan of your project, workshop participants will leave with the confidence to design and lead efforts to generate effective solutions to address our most challenging community issues.