PBJ Design is a non-profit organization of Nova Scotia, overseen by a board of directors, and dedicated to small projects that make big changes. Our staff makes that happen in conjunction with our board of directors. We couldn’t do what we do without the people making it happen.


Alyson Dobrota| Executive Director

Alyson Dobrota is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Community Design Program at Dalhousie University, where she studied how to evaluate the impact of community projects. Alyson is passionate about using creative ways to foster deeper connections and engagement in a community.


Jeremy Banks
| Innovationist/Co-Founder

Jeremy Banks is an artist and urban planner, with a Bachelor in Community Design from Dalhousie University (2017) and a Diploma in Applied Theatre from Vancouver Island University (2011). Jeremy focuses on the intersection of art and urban spaces and how that combination leads to social collisions and innovations that address social, economic, and environmental issues with a practical approach. He has presented on placemaking and community engagement to Halifax Regional Municipality (2015), the Atlantic Planners Institute (2015) and at Project for Public Spaces UN Summit on Placemaking (2016).


Peter Nightingale
| Manager of Operations/Co-Founder

Peter Nightingale is a recent graduate of Dalhousie’s Bachelor of Community Design (2017). His work led to his position at the Town of Chester, where he assists with plan reviews, development agreements, and municipal policies. Peter led the original #PlayMeHFX program in 2015, and Peter continues to support PBJ Design with the board of directors.

Gail Armour |Project Coordinator

Gail recently graduated from the University of Western Ontario in a Bachelor of Political Science. She will be entering Dalhousie in September for her Master’s in Urban Planning. Gail has done a lot of travelling in the last few years, and she believes this will give her an interesting perspective on how to improve communities.


Lindsay Slade | Project Coordinator

Lindsay is a recent graduate of the Dalhousie School of Planning and will be entering into the Masters of Community Development at Acadia University in the fall of 2019 to focus her studies on equitable access to active transportation in rural Nova Scotia. Her passions for community design include community health, wellness, and equity and she hopes to create projects that are accessible to all and that foster a tighter-knit, supportive community.



Kate Macmillan| Project Coordinator

Kate Macmillan is entering her final year of Dalhousie University’s Bachelor of Community Design. She is interested in studying the relationship between art, urban design, and the use of public space. Kate hopes to share the public’s stories and memories through interactive community projects.



Holly Blackmore| Program Development Intern

Holly is in her final year of an Undergraduate Degree in Community Design and Sustainability with Honours in Environmental Planning at Dalhousie University. She is dedicated to wildlife conservation as well as learning how to foster sustainable communities which promote wellbeing and environmental awareness through design. Holly is looking forward to bringing her passion for art and the environment to future projects with the PBJ Design team. 


Duncan Armour| Designer 

Duncan graduated from Saint Francis Xavier with a BA in Psychology and Fine Arts graduate. He has a keen interest in parametric architecture and designs. Duncan is eager to find ways to combine both art & function to bring art to the public. 




Claire Tusz

Claire Tusz is a recent graduate from Dalhousie University’s Bachelor of Community Design Program, where she completed her Honours project in Environmental Planning. She is interested in studying human scale design, mental health in both rural and urban communities, and the advantages of protecting and harnessing ecosystem services within urban environments. With a musical background, Claire is keen to explore the correlation between art and nature both within and outside of academia.

Hunter Hopkins

Hunter Hopkins is a recent graduate of Dalhousie University’s Bachelor of Community Design program. He also studied sociology at Dalhousie for three years, which gave him a unique perspective on human behaviour within the built environment. He is interested in studying the social relationships between various communities within cities, as well as the study of regional transportation.


Alex Dunphy

Alex Dunphy is a graduate of the Community Design program at Dalhousie University. Alex joined PBJ Design because of his strong belief in the notion that small changes can make big impacts for the better. Alex enjoys working with local businesses and community groups to bring out the best in a community.


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