Meet the Team at Allison's!
No store is successful without a great team of people running the show behind the scenes and out front! This team works well together and strives to make everyone feel welcomed and satisified with their visit, each one striving to keep the founder, Gord Allison's mission alive and well!
Annette & Scott Vander Waal
& our CIO/CFO
Both are Bibliomaniacs
Director & Bibliomaniac
Annette enjoys a multitude of genres but has a strong draw towards suspense/thrillers and non-fiction based around black history and the World Wars. Having been in the store her whole life, she has a deep seeded loyalty to the family legacy and continuing it into the future. She was running back and forth to Wisconsin to make sure this legacy continues but just recently has moved back to help the legacy even further.
CFO/CIO & Bibliomaniac
Scott is a co-owner and our tech & numbers guy but he loves reading about Quantum Physics, Politics, fictional adventure, science fiction and history. He is the creator of our new Point of Sale & Labeling Systems which was a "side project" for him outside his job in Milwaukee, WI. Scott is Annette's spouse and now retired from the IT Industry and looking forward to finally making the North Bay area his home.
Sales Associate II - New Book Inventory Control & Bibliomaniac
Sales Associate II - Inventory Control & Bibliomaniac
While not originally from North Bay, Kelsey has come to make North Bay her home. Kelsey spends her time reading true crime and multiple general fiction authors, she also has an affinity for reading indigenous authors both fiction & non-fiction. One thing she truly enjoys is seeing customers leave with books in their hands!
Sals Associate I & Bibliomaniac
Maddi is a self-declared bibliophile or book wizard - her main mission in life is to connect readers to finding their heart & soul in a book! When she's not crying over imaginary characters, she writes reviews on her blog or is baking desserts. Maddi spends her time reading young adult & Adult romance, paranormal, fantasy/sci-fi and sometimes will dabble with non-fiction.
Sales Associate I & Bibliomaniac
Karly came to us as a Co-Op Student from Chippewa then ended up coming on Part-Time during her studies. She's an avid reader of YA but has been known to branch out. She always eager to help out with her friendly quiet manner.
Sales Associate I & Bibliomaniac
Kelsey-Lynn is an avid Fantasy reader who is currently at Canadore continuing her education in a field she's excited to be doing. She's always ready to help out so just let her know what you're after and she'll do what she can to help.
Bibliomaniac & Currently on Leave but still doing Bookkeeping
(Another Generation of Allison's!)
Bibliomaniac & Currently on Leave but still doing Bookkeeping(Another Generation of Allison's!)
Lizzy is a 4th generation in the bookstore! She started as our speedy and meticulous cleaner, learned the ropes on on Customer Service and became a valuable Team Member with her knowledge of stock and willingness to help out. She has grown to appreciate various non-fiction genres, classics and Canadian fiction as her primary reading preference. While she is currently on leave due to COVID-19, she is still with us doing back office work and helping her aunt keep things a little less chaiotic in there. Her passions are her son, her fiancee and her fur-babies.