Alison was born in London, UK and immigrated to Canada with her family when she was 6 years of age. She was raised in a small town in northern Saskatchewan but moved again with her family to Mississauga when she completed high school. Alison holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Toronto and an MRel from Wycliffe College. She is currently finishing a PhD dissertation in political theology at the Toronto School of Theology where she also works as the Administrator of the Doctor of Ministry Program. Prior to her ordination to the transitional diaconate in May 2018, she was part of the pastoral staff of St. James Cathedral working with young adults. She is married to the Rev. Jeff Nowers, Associate Priest of St. Aidan’s in the Beach and they have one young daughter, Ava.