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. Passionate about making change in the places she calls home, Alyson enjoys leading placemaking projects as a way of facilitating deeper connections and involvement 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.
Claire Tusz| Marketing and Promotions Coordinator
Claire Tusz is about to enter her fourth year at Dalhousie University in the Bachelor of Community Design Program, doing 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| Project Coordinator, Halifax
Hunter Hopkins is currently a third year student in Dalhousie University’s Bachelor of Community Design program. He also studied sociology at Dalhousie for three years, which has given 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| Project Coordinator, Annapolis Valley
Alex Dunphy is an Honours student in 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.
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.