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Meet Marni Allison

Redesign Strategist

Marni Allison is a proud Canadian, intrepid traveler, amateur photographer, and life-long learner. Retired from a career in learning and development in the field of policing, Marni now shares life’s lessons through storytelling. She advocates the transformative power of travel to encourage others to learn more about the world and themselves. To explore more about her views on travel, resilience, and change, visit her at or 


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Marni's latest publication!

About the book

You lost your parents, your identity, and your job; what’s your next move? 


Marni chose adventure. She camped in the midst of wild animals, climbed formidable mountains, volunteered with unconventional projects, and immersed herself in adventures throughout Africa and Southeast Asia. This is a delectable story of exotic experiences rooted in fearless wandering, peppered with cultural and historical insights, and seasoned with inspiration. 


This heartwarming yet riveting narrative unveils the transformative power of travel to stimulate personal growth and discovery while managing the unfamiliar and the uncomfortable. It illuminates the necessity of maintaining humor and resilience while facing mental and physical challenges, sustaining joy while dealing with the profusely tragic, and embracing universal connections despite cultural divisions. You will be transported to far off lands and captivated by an emotional journey as Marni discovers five lessons that will inspire you to find your own path in life and perhaps even plan your own adventure.  


How a Gorilla, Orphan, and Monk Saved My Life is a must-read for anyone wanting to travel the world, dealing with change, grief, or loss, or searching for the best version of themselves.   



"Marni’s life is committed to personal and professional growth. Her loyalty to her family, friends, and ideals is inspiring. She enjoys life and meeting people, especially when she travels. Her passion for education is punctuated with her mischievous humour and deep compassion for the human condition. She’s truly a person I admire, and I’m blessed to have her as a friend. Maureen Grabarczyk, University friend."

Maureen Grabarczyk, University friend.


“Marni is one of those speakers that catches your attention in the first sentence. Her willingness to open herself up and share her authentic self is a breath of fresh air. If you want to be inspired to be more, do more and push yourself further, you won’t want to miss Marni’s story.”

Jay Tsougrianis