IGeralyn-MacDonaldn 2009, Geralyn Mac Donald joined the Town of New Glasgow as the Director of Community Development. Geralyn’s extensive experience in economic and community development coupled with her background in teaching and project management make her a notable addition to the town’s management team. 

Ms. MacDonald is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive community economic development plan which includes a recreation master plan for New Glasgow, the John Brother MacDonald Stadium and Glasgow Square Theatre.  Geralyn is responsible for strategic community development initiatives, assists current businesses and private sector developers and works closely with the town’s Marketing & Communications Department promoting New Glasgow as a competitive location for business investment, residential growth and community development and tourist destination.

Prior to her appointment with the Town of New Glasgow, Geralyn was the interim Acting Executive Director for the Pictou Regional Development Commission from 2007-2008.  Geralyn developed the annual organizational business plan for PRDC, was responsible for the development and implementation of programs and projects in relation to Pictou County’s Five Year Strategic Plan, managed operations of PRDC and was the lead on the 14th Annual Pictou County Forum for Economic Co-operation.

Ms. MacDonald held the position of Community Development Officer with PRDC for three years prior to 2008 and was responsible for developing and coordinating economic initiatives as identified in the region’s strategic plan.  While in this position, Ms. MacDonald facilitated the rural strategic plans for the Municipality of the County of Pictou and worked with community groups as well as preparing government funding applications for numerous projects.  Resulting initiatives included Pictou County Bikeway project, Pictou County (Pictou Port) Cruise Development Project, Pictou County Craft Development, several Pictou County tourism product development initiatives and the New Glasgow Riverfront Farmers Market which opened in the summer of 2009. She also played a lead role in the New Glasgow Downtown Revitalization Steering Committee and is currently one of the staff leads on Phase II of the Downtown Revitalization.

Prior to moving to Pictou County, Ms. MacDonald held the position of Economic Development Officer for the Marine and Mountain Zone Corporation in Western Newfoundland and earlier in her career was the executive director for the RCMP’s Healthy Drug Free workplace program in British Columbia and was a teacher/instructor at the College of North Atlantic in Port Aux Basques and with the Corner Brook District School Board, Newfoundland.

As a lifelong learner, Geralyn has completed Year 1 of a two year program in economic development from the University of Waterloo, has received ISO Audit certification, an international quality management designation and is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Teachers College in Truro. In the spring of 2010, Geralyn completed a certification in Leadership Development from Saint Mary’s University Executive and Professional Development program. Geralyn has donated her expertise with the Junior Achievement ‘Economics of Staying in School’ Program, Music Week in Nova Scotia held in Pictou County in 2008, the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee and is a Sunday school teacher for her parish.