Associate Director, Communities Ending Poverty
Alison joined the Tamarack team in 2016 as Manager of Learning, Evaluation and Policy. In her current role as Associate Director for Communities Ending Poverty (CEP), she provides leadership and drives excellence within this national movement of more than 80 members representing more than 400 communities across Canada and in the USA. Advancing a vision of ending poverty in Canada, the CEP team builds hope, optimism, and momentum for the anti-poverty movement. Actioning an initial focus on ending working poverty, CEP partners with thought leaders and members from multiple sectors to identify levers and opportunities, influence policies, and shift systems.
Alison first became involved with Vibrant Communities in 2012 through her 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. Previously working in international health and development, Alison has researched predictors of HIV/AIDS in Nepal and has rolled out a national data management system in Papua New Guinea. She has supported individuals experiencing poverty, homelessness, mental health and addiction in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, people with disabilities in the UK, and people living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
Alison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, a Master's degree in International Community Health from the University of Oslo, a Project Management Certification through the Project Management Institute, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation through Carleton University.
Alison is grateful to live, work and play in Revelstoke, BC, on the traditional lands and unceded territory of the Sinixt, the Ktunaxa, the Secwepemc and the Syilx. She spends her free time mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, and snowboarding.