Centenary Medal – Alison Phinney

Dr. Alison Phinney is a Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She is also the Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia, and is known internationally for her work on dementia, meaningful activity, and aging. She conducts research in partnership with community leaders and people with lived experience to build knowledge and capacity for supporting personhood and social citizenship of older people, especially those living with dementia and their families. As an educator she has played a leadership role in the Masters and PhD programs at UBC, and is proud of the work she has done mentoring new researchers who together are helping build a community of scholars in the field of aging care. Alison is a transplanted Maritimer who left New Brunswick to study Psychology and Nursing at McGill. After some years working at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, she headed to San Francisco where she completed her PhD at the University of California. Always knowing that she would raise her family in Canada, she promptly returned and has lived in Vancouver since 2001 with her partner and two boys.