Starting in January 2017, current National Director, Nikki Gershbain, will be taking a leave from PBSC to work with the National Self-Represented Litigants Project. Nikki will be deeply missed but we’re thrilled to welcome Alison Symington who will be taking over as acting National Directorfrom January 2017 to December 2017.
Alison holds an LL.B. from the University of Toronto and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University. She has 15 years of experience in the non-profit justice sector and her social justice work has taken her anywhere from the Supreme Court of Canada, to UN meetings in Geneva, with some stops at the WTO Ministerial Meetings in Mexico and the World Social Forum in Brazil.
Prior to joining PBSC last winter as a part-time Project Manager, Alison was the Co-Director of Research and Advocacy at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. In that role, she represented the Network as Secretariat of UNAIDS’ Human Rights Reference Group, pioneered feminist analysis of the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure and produced two documentaries. She was previously the Manager of the Women’s Rights and Economic Change program of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID).
As you can tell, we’re very excited to have Alison on board! The program is in excellent hands with her at the helm.