Alison is a professor, coordinator, and researcher with Vancouver Island University’s Education Assistant and Community Support program. She strives to create learning environments that are student centered, inclusive, relational, and process oriented. She builds on her 30-year career in the community living sector providing direct support and then leading the development of community based services including the supports that helped Ontario and BC close institutions and later some of the first creative individualized service models. Her master’s degree is in Leadership. Her research interests combine community development and participatory methods to increase social justice. She sees innovation and engagement as essential tools for advancing the well-being of organizations, communities and the full inclusion of all citizens.