John MacLeod has a common name and has lived in Dartmouth most of his life. He is not the teacher, police officer, the paddling coach, or the one with a brother named David. After graduating from a now non-existent school in Dartmouth that regrettably had only an intermittent school music program, he completed degrees in Physics and Journalism, and he attended French classes before embarking on a seemingly different career as an archivist. Piano lessons, and occasional practicing, persisted until his second year at Dal/King’s. While completing a French program at Université Ste Anne, he also discovered he could be a reasonable accompanist to flute-playing friends. He continues to work as an archivist, and has been active in leadership roles in a number of professional and community organizations.
In the past, he has been treasurer and an executive member of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, and continues as treasurer of a church in Dartmouth. In recent years, he has worked with the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, where he created a fund to further some of his charitable interests in the health, education, and artistic areas. He also serves on the board of the Doors Open Halifax Heritage Society, which is establishing Doors Open as a great community initiative in early June in the Halifax area.
Married to Karen Smith, the music subject specialist in the Dalhousie University Library, he has enjoyed meeting many of the music students who have worked part-time in the library system. He continues to be in awe of their talent and ability to balance a full academic schedule with the increasingly hectic performance demands of what has evolved into the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie. While being in the audience for Symphony Nova Scotia performances has been one part of his connections to music in Halifax, following some of the grads from Dal has also widened his musical appreciation into areas he wouldn’t have imagined.
Joined the Board in 2015. Renewing for a second two-year term (until 2020) on the Board.