Alison Taplay

Co-Chair / Professor (Nanaimo, Powell River and online)

MA, Royal Roads University (Leadership)

In addition to instructing in the School and Community Support Worker Certificate program (SCSW), Alison provides Coordination for the Human Service Programs offered at the Powell River campus including the Disability Studies Diploma, a second year opportunity that builds on the SCSW. She brings nearly 30 years of experience in the community living sector in both BC and Ontario to her teaching practice as well as expertise in K-12 classroom settings. As a passionate community developer and early innovator she worked in the areas of customized employment and personal networks in Ontario in the 1980’s laying the groundwork for some of today’s best practices. Alison contributed as a leader to the development of community based services including the group homes and day supports that enabled Ontario and BC to close institutions. She then developed some of the first individualized services in BC.  She has extensive experience facilitating personal networks within the context of building community capacity. Her master’s degree is in Leadership. She is passionate about social justice and community development and sees innovation and engagement as essential tools for creating positive change in organizations and communities. Alison is dedicated to a student centered teaching practice.