We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Alison MacPhail.

Alison MacPhail was a lawyer with over 30 years of experience in criminal justice and public safety. She was responsible for criminal justice policy and legislation for both the federal and BC governments in Canada and led major legislative and program reforms. She spent the last nine years of her public service career as a deputy minister in British Columbia, as Deputy Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Deputy Minister for Children and Family Development, and as the lead for criminal justice reform. She was a long-time advocate for mental health patients and more recently served as the Chair for the B.C. Review Board. As a consultant and at ICCLR, she contributed greatly to justice reform and access to justice issues and worked widely on a variety of justice organizational, policy and legislation issues in Canada and abroad.

Alison will be remembered for her kindness, her acceptance of others, her professionalism and legal expertise. She will be deeply missed.

Condolences may be left at https://www.legacy.com/ca/obituaries/timescolonist/name/alison-macphail-obituary?id=52095710.

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