John MacLeod has a common name and even in Dartmouth, where he has lived most of his life, he is one of many with that name. He is not distinguished by his musical ability although he did stretch the childhood piano lessons into his first year of university – studies which were physics, journalism, and French, followed by some history. John was happy to discover while attending Université Ste Anne en Nouvelle-Écosse that, with the music in front of him, he could be a piano accompanist to some flute playing friends.
Professionally, he works in the heritage and information management field and is the manager of the Nova Scotia Archives. He has been a recipient of the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service of Nova Scotia and the Minister’s award for Innovation – both of which related to the digital transformation of the Nova Scotia Archives. Recently, he also worked with the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children Restorative Inquiry.
John has been active in leadership roles in several 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. 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 was one of the founders of Doors Open Halifax (at the moment in a COVID hiatus), which created a great event in early June for Halifax.
Married to Karen Smith, the music subject specialist in the Dalhousie University Library, John has enjoyed following the achievements of Dal’s music students. He continues to be in awe of their talent and ability to balance a full academic schedule with, especially as we evolve out of COVID, the hectic performance demands of 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. He was happy to see Symphony Nova Scotia’s increased commitment to supporting emerging musical talent in the province with the incorporation of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra into the Symphony family.
Joined the Board in 2015. Entering the second year of a two-year term (until 2022) on the Board.