What are you most passionate about?
I’m a big picture kind of person. I get most excited when I get to combine my love for design thinking, storytelling and facilitation to tackle meaningful problems and to come up with creative solutions. Whether that’s generating disruptive business models, engaging communities for locally-led change or collaborating with organizations for strategic planning; it all gets my creative juices flowing!
Behind every great community or organization are the people that make it all happen. I’m passionate about empowering those individuals to unleash the skills, wisdom and abilities they already possess so that they can start shifting ideas into action. I’m inspired by those ah-ha moments!
What do you love most about Haida Gwaii?
I moved to Haida Gwaii just over a year ago, and since then I’ve fallen in love with so many aspects of these islands, it’s hard to choose what I love most. But I’d have to say, I love that I can walk out my front door and have access to natural spaces. I can go stand-up paddle boarding, wild food harvesting or on an epic weekend adventure, just like that! And, without a long commute. Since being here I’ve strengthened my connection, appreciation and love for the environment, that it would be hard to ever leave!
What is something your fellow facilitators will not know about you until they read your bios?
I studied improv at the Second City in Toronto and dreamed about pursuing a career with SNL.
Allison is driven by a commitment to the growth and development of individuals, communities and organizations. As a business designer, and facilitator she has tackled issues surrounding collaborative leadership, capacity building, poverty reduction, maternal health and sustainable community development. In addition, Allison has worked with organizations in India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and western Canada. As a facilitator, she has experience engaging community members, private business, government organizations and aboriginal agencies, to create dialogue, engagement and action.
Allison holds a MSc. in Management from London Business School and a BScH in Biology from Queen’s University. Currently she is a board member of Literacy Haida Gwaii, the Haida Gwaii Arts Council and is the Business Development Officer at Haida Gwaii Community Futures.