Malerie Meeker, Adjunct Faculty/program developer

MA, Royal Roads University (Leadership)


Malerie began teaching in the Faculty of Health and Human Services, School and Community Support Worker Program at Powell River Campus of Vancouver Island University, in January of 2002 and retired in July of 2014. She helped to develop and served as the coordinator of the Disability Studies Diploma from 2007 to 2010. She holds a Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University.  To read more about Malerie, please see her Adjunct Faculty page:  https://hhs.viu.ca/malerie-meeker-adjunct-faculty

Alison Taplay, Program Coordinator, Professor

MA, Royal Roads University (Leadership)

  • Powell River Campus, Building 610, Room 126
  • Phone: 604-485-8030 or 1-888-920-2221, Local 8030
  • Email. Alison.Taplay@VIU.ca

In addition to instructing in the Education Assistant and Community Support Certificate program (EACS), Alison provides Coordination for the Human Service Programs offered at the Powell River campus. She brings 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 contributions to the development of community based services include group homes and day support services that enabled Ontario and BC to close institutions.  She helped develop some of the first individualized services in BC.  She has extensive experience facilitating personal networks within the context of building community capacity. Alison is passionate about social justice and community development, and sees innovation and engagement as essential tools for creating positive change. Alison is dedicated to a student-centered teaching practice. Alison was the recipient of the 2014 Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching Design and Practice that Uses Technology to Enhance Student Learning.

Teaching Design and Practice that Uses Technology to Enhance Student Learning
Recipient:  Alison Taplay, School and Community Support Worker Program,
Faculty of Health and Human Services

VIU is committed to community research by students and staff.  We invite you to have a look at all of the various projects undertaken last year  

VIU Annual Research Report
CLOSE X Leadership and Disability Studies