The Backbone team that supports the work of the WeavEast network includes Inspiring Communities’ leadership team, as well as these team members. We have been assisted in our work by many others through the phases of developing this network, including, currently, Julia Feltham and Tara Taylor. Learn more about WeavEast at or at

Charlene Boyce, Content Curator

Charlene Boyce is Inspiring Communities’ Content Curator. She is responsible for storytelling, and communicating the learnings, stories and experiences of those engaged in social change across the Atlantic Provinces and beyond. Her toolkit includes writing for many purposes and media, graphic design / illustration, oral history skills and social media community building. Most recently she was the communications lead with the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University, sharing their stories and managing their brand. Prior to that, Charlene worked with the credit union system, environmental nonprofits, and the teachers’ union. She writes fiction, knits and crochets, waits on cats, and is pursuing a Master of Arts, Atlantic Canada Studies looking at the late twentieth century in Halifax, in particular the history of Misty Moon Showbar.

Charlene can be reached at

Miranda Cobb, Learning & Evaluation

Miranda supports evaluation and learning for Inspiring Communities as a whole, WeavEast and Between the Bridges. She works closely with the teams to create a culture of reflection and adaptation through developmental evaluation and process facilitation. Miranda brings curiosity and a sense of exploration to her goal of amplifying innovation in complex systems change work. She has 15 years of experience in research, evaluation and community development including a Master’s in Political Economy and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation and Systems Thinking. After journeying to many parts of the world, Miranda feels most at home here in Nova Scotia and is dedicated to collective efforts that help it shine even brighter!.

Miranda can be reached at


Tyler Colbourne, Director of Learning and Organizational Development

Tyler is a creative and dynamic leader with a passion for social justice, community development, and finding a way to have more fun. Over the last 15 years Tyler has done a lot. Throughout his career he has been a community worker, photographer, podcaster, improviser, communications manager, youth worker, and even a pirate. He is a natural community connector and his work as the Community Director with Inspiring Communities will bring together individuals and communities, helping strengthen relationships and the sharing of knowledge, values, and skills.

Tyler can be reached at 

Working with Inspiring Communities is exciting and fun because I believe there is a shared belief in what is possible in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada. Many of our conversations focus on the assets and strengths within and across communities.

A book that has greatly influenced my life is Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown – it has become a staple in my work in the last year. The book explores working through ambiguous and complex systems with real work examples from the author’s life. The writing and work is also grounded in critically reflexive practice and joy. The book is full of authentic moments, critical thought, and whimsy. It is a real joy to read.