Allan G Rae obtained his BA in athletic performance theory from McGill University, Montreal, in 1991.
In the fall of 1992, he attended the Daniel Freeman Paramedic Institute at UCLA where he completed critical care paramedic studies and subsequently became nationally certified. While at UCLA Allan also completed a joint MA in Community Health, and successfully defended his thesis focusing on the social determinants of health care as they relate to race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. He graduated in the spring of 1994.
In September 2006, Allan enrolled in the MFA (CW) program at The University Of Toronto. In 2008 he was awarded the degree with a specialization in literary non fiction.
Pedagogical Focus Allan’s main academic focus has been the transformative potential of memoir / personal narrative, in both an individual and community context. Other academic interests include: ethics in social justice activism, pedagogical foundations of anti racist, pro feminist, and decolonizing theory and praxis, the examination of oppression narratives through a literary lens, and the radical re-framing of sexuality, gender, and masculine identity in current educational theory and praxis.
From 1994 until 2001 Allan was employed as an expanded scope paramedic for Halo Global Medicine, in remote primary care clinics, including critical care air transports throughout northern Russia and Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. In 2001, he accepted a position as a Critical Care Paramedic with Toronto EMS, remaining in that position until 2004, when he transferred to the flight program with Orange, Air Ambulance , and remained in a P/T capacity until 2011. in 2010 Allan was hired as a part time course instructor (non tenure track) in the Department of Humanities and Culture, at The University Of Toronto.
Volunteer Profile Allan's dual experience of working with HIV issues from both a medical and social justice perspective has left him uniquely qualified for volunteer assignments. Those have included work for Casey House Specialty Hospital, providing educational training sessions for new prevention and research initiatives, and as a peer facilitator for client recreational activities. Allan is also a certified instructor of the “Undoing Racism” training modules offered by The Peoples Institute For Survival And Beyond.