Dan Bunbury, Community Lead

Dan Bunbury lives in North Sydney with his partner and four kids. After attending St. F..X he taught school for two years before returning to study Canadian History at St. Mary’s and Dalhousie. Over the past 22 years, besides supporting his partner’s business and helping raise their family, he has taught history courses at CBU, performed freelance research, and held positions in the economic development, social research, and health research areas over the past 22 years.

Dan maintains a keen interest in community affairs expressed through his membership on many local boards and committees including New Deal Development Ltd. in Sydney Mines, the North Sydney Historical Society, the North Sydney Business Improvement and Development Association (BIDA), and the Northside Civic Center Society. Dan has worked with Northsiders from all walks of life on the many projects these organizations have supported. His involvement has taught him there are many good people doing many good things; that the crucial ingredient for thriving communities, human agency, exists in abundance on the Northside. He is thrilled to join the Northside Rising team as they seek to support resident-led efforts to create a better life for all here on the Northside.

Core Advisory Team:

Dorothy Halliday

Dorothy is the Executive Director of Community CARES Youth Outreach and serves as an advisor for Northside Rising. She carries a toolbox of social justice skills and experience honed through a 25-year career in grassroots community youth development. Dorothy is inspired by courageous young people who embrace opportunities to experience self-determination and teaches those who listen deeply to their stories the power of empathy and compassion. She strongly believes that through Inspiring Communities, the Northside community will make a focused, determined effort around sustainable, community-led change that engages the wisdom of residents and redirects its future towards one that offers a healthy and meaningful life for all.

Eric Leviten-Reid

Eric Leviten-Reid is Facilitator of Community Engagement and Collaboration for New Dawn Enterprises, and a strategic advisor for Northside Rising.  He has worked as a community development researcher and practitioner for 30 years with a particular focus on collaborative approaches to complex issues.  Born and raised in Cape Breton, Eric has worked both in local communities and in communities elsewhere in Canada.  Prior to coming home, he served as Learning and Evaluation Coordinator for Vibrant Communities, a national initiative exploring community-based strategies for poverty reduction.  In addition to his work for New Dawn, Eric is Board chair at Community CARES Youth Outreach. Eric lives in Sydney with his wife, two children and two cats!


Christina Lavery

Christina Lavery is a Health Educator with Public Health, Nova Scotia Health Authority. Christina sits on the Healthy Communities team which focuses on creating supportive environments, healthy public policy and community action to promote the health and well-being of all Nova Scotians. The communities in which we live, learn, work and play greatly affect individual and population health. Christina lives outside the Northside, but has always had a soft spot for the community – her family is from Sydney Mines and she chooses the services of the Northside over any other community – shopping, health services, children’s activities, and work! Her favorite thing to do on the Northside is run on her lunch breaks and enjoy the beauty of this coastal tight-knit community!