Jennifer DeCoste

Jennifer supports our efforts to curate an ecosystem for social innovation in Atlantic Canada. She connects people and projects that are focused on tackling tough issues and changing systems across the region to help support social changemakers. She is committed, personally and professionally, to amplifying important work that is happening regionally- and, especially to supporting connections that are are formed to bridge across divides. Jennifer is also the “Weaver” for our role with Social Innovation Canada, through which she works to give a stronger national profile to the work in Atlantic Canada and connect local practitioners to a national network of changemakers.

Jennifer is the founder of a network of interconnected adult folkschools called Life.School.House that represents a rebirth of the cooperative People’s Schools movement. She lives in Dartmouth NS with her husband, two boys, and a cat who rules them all.

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Kate McKerlie

Kate brings curiosity, energy, and enthusiasm as she joins Inspiring Communities for the next year through an Interchange program. Keen to observe the evolution of various projects as Inspiring Communities grows as an organization, Kate will also directly support initiatives such as the How We Thrive gathering and profiling of Atlantic regional stories within the emerging Atlantic ecosystem and for Social Innovation Canada. Her previous experience within municipal and federal governments, and the private sector, has centered on process and program redesign, engagement, and outreach. Having lived in western and central regions of Canada, Kate looks forward to meeting and learning from community-builders and changemakers in Eastern Canada.

Kate can be reached at

Miranda Cobb

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