Alison’s group facilitation skills have been finely tuned by 17 years of experience working in provincial and federal prison settings, which have required her to pay attention to each attendee and create spaces of safety to build trust. She believes that each person within a group must feel individually validated, heard and supported to fully engage. Her facilitation work includes staff training, public workshops, and working with inmates.

Alison has been facilitating workshops for ACHIEVE for three years, where she specializes in leadership and conflict management topics. Her educational background includes Master’s degrees in leadership and training and human development as well as nurse’s training and a diploma in recreation therapy. She brought all these areas of study together in a doctorate in human and organizational systems that explored how humans grow, change and manage with the particular contexts of the systems they engage with. Alison is a contributing author to three books and multiple academic articles.