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.
Direct Line: 902.577.1544
Megan MacLeod, Community Coordinator
Megan MacLeod grew up on Boularderie Island and now lives in Leitches Creek after 12 years living elsewhere in Nova Scotia and abroad. When she’s not tending to her garden or enjoying the natural beauty of the Maritimes, shes fermenting something new in the kitchen and cooking with local products from the food hub and farmers market. She has a master in Food, Culture & Communication: Human Ecology & Sustainability from the University of Gastronomic Sciences and studied Human Nutrition at St. Francis Xavier University.
Her past work for a variety of businesses, social enterprises, and non-profits has included education, community-building, and food systems. She is passionate about further understanding the relationships between people, food, environment, and health. Megan is excited to be a part of the momentum that is already building behind Northside Rising and to get to know more people on the Northside. Stop into the office and say hello!
Direct Line: 902.579.2526
Eric Leviten-Reid, Research & Evaluation Lead
Eric Leviten-Reid is Facilitator of Community Engagement and Collaboration for New Dawn Enterprises, and our Research & Evaluation Lead 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!
Direct Line: 902.539.9560 Ext. 260