Downtown Dartmouth is proud to have a team of dedicated students working with us this Summer, 2021.

Jess Cholette-Barr is a fourth-year sustainability student at Dalhousie and King's. She is excited to be joining the Downtown Dartmouth team this summer as our Planning and Engagement Coordinator. Originally from Toronto, Jess has always felt a deep connection to the urban environment, sparking her lifelong passion for city planning and design. She is interested in the link between sustainability and urban planning, and she hopes to become an urban planner to support the growth of sustainable and equitable communities. In her free time, Jess enjoys riding her bike along the Dartmouth Harbourwalk Trail and seeing the lupins in full bloom.

Raf Peligro is DDBC’s new Visitor Experience Coordinator for Summer, 2021. Raf is a Public Relations student at Mount Saint Vincent University. He has always been drawn to tight-knit communities. And from the short amount of time he has been working at the DDBC, he can clearly see that everyone looks out for each other here in downtown Dartmouth. Raf is a self-proclaimed foodie, and in his spare time, you’ll often see him in his apartment kitchen cooking for friends and roommates. Raf is especially looking forward to trying all the great food in the district and getting to know the community more!

Annecy Spencer is a second-year Graphic Design student at Nova Scotia Community College and previously earned her BA in Public Relations From Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Annecy was born and raised in Ottawa. However, she has been lucky enough to travel and live across the United States, Europe, and the UK. Annecy is now a proud Dartmouth resident and confidently claims that she has never felt more at home or welcomed so warmly. Even before her work with the DDBC, Annecy enjoyed exploring Downtown Dartmouth on foot, taking in the wonderful murals and public art available. Annecy hopes that her work as Downtown Dartmouth’s Communications and Marketing Assistant will allow her to discover all that the community has to offer.

Anne Savage is one of two Street Ambassadors working with us this summer. Anne is a lifelong Dartmouth resident and a frequent visitor to Dartmouth’s accessible green spaces and public parks. Anne decided to work with the DDBC because of her appreciation for the existing community, and her vested interest in its growth and wellbeing. When not serving as a Street Ambassador for the DDBC, Anne spends her time on the rugby pitch and playing her guitar.

Emerson Hotson is a fourth-year Classics and History student at St. Mary’s University. Like Anne, Emerson has spent the majority of his life in Dartmouth; moving to our city 12 years ago from Toronto. He feels that this connection to Dartmouth lead him to work with the DDBC this summer. In addition to his position with Downtown Dartmouth, Emerson has volunteered with Margaret’s House, and currently holds a job at the Alderney Landing Farmers' Market. He cites exploring the fresh food and makers markets as his favourite Dartmouth pastime. Fun fact: Emerson is a huge Toronto Blue Jays fan. His Dachshund, Gus, also loves to play ball!

Join us in welcoming them to the Downtown Dartmouth team!

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