About Alison

Alison Kathleen Burkett, M.Ed. is a program manager, transformative educator and humanitarian with a decade of professional experience leading social innovation in Canada and Rwanda.  Currently, Alison is a Program Manager at Springboard, a Canadian charity, where she oversees a nation wide digital learning platform designed to enhance the health of vulnerable Canadians. 

Alison holds a Master of Education in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Queen’s University, with certification in mindfulness meditation and collaborative leadership.  

Alison has been most touched by her time spent living and working in Rwanda with her husband, Emery Rutagonya, a survivor of the 1994 Genocide Against Tutsi.  Alison and Emery co-founded Rwanda Survivors Foundation a registered Canadian charity that educates and raises awareness on the Genocide in Rwanda.  Alison attended the 17th and 18th Commemorations of the Genocide in Rwanda and continues to learn from the heartbreak and resilience of survivors.  

Loving mother and wife, Alison believes in the possibility of peaceful and health sustaining communities and is honoured to work towards this potential every day.