Anne-Marie McElrone has worked in the community sector for more than 20 years, supporting organizations and networks in their efforts to build stronger, more resilient and more connected communities.

Currently the Director of Partnerships for the new Dartmouth North Community Food Centre, Anne-Marie inadvertently joined the community foundation movement in 1999, while working at a corporate PR firm in Toronto. She discovered the power of community foundations while coordinating the launch of Our Millennium, the movement’s first national initiative, and soon left PR for consulting to work with the growing number of community foundations across Canada.

Anne-Marie spent 15 years working as a consultant and staff member for Community Foundations of Canada, becoming Vice President of Public Engagement in 2008 and playing a key role in the launch of programs such Vital Signs, Smart & Caring Communities and the 150Alliance as well as the movement’s first national awareness campaign.

She is an award-winning media trainer and a former print journalist who still loves newspapers. Anne-Marie lives in Dartmouth with her husband and two sons and is passionate about building a Nova Scotia where her family can live and work in its home province. She is an active volunteer in the community and co-founder of ASPEN (the Asperger’s Syndrome Parents Empowerment Network).