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 about to begin her fourth year Honours project in the Bachelor of Community Design Program at Dalhousie University. She is interested in local economy and the connection between small businesses and community. 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.

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