Meet The Team
Chief Executive Officer
Tim Rissesco (he/him), LPM, MBA
Tim has led the revitalization of Downtown Dartmouth since 2012 with a focus on attracting new businesses, public art installations and events. He is passionate about downtown Dartmouth, its people and its potential. Tim brings over 20 years of economic development and community building experience to the position. He enjoys working with the community on placemaking projects and events.
Fun fact: Tim collects Dartmouth-themed art. He has over 25 different Dartmouth T-shirts and is always on the lookout for another one.
Why I love Dartmouth: I love the small town feel of Dartmouth, the familiar faces and that everything that I need is within a short walk from home. You can find me most Saturdays at the Market and I am always up for a coffee.
Christine Stokes (she/her)
Christine is the person you really need to know at the DDBC. She’s the one on the front lines who assists members of our business community with all manner of concerns everyday. Christine handles all of our accounting and other DDBC money matters. She also organizes our monthly Business Links Networking events, the Spring Clean Up, the Community Shredding events and much more.
Fun Fact: Christine has worked in downtown Dartmouth longer than anyone else on the team. She started at the DDBC in 1999.
Why I love Dartmouth: I grew up in Dartmouth, in fact, I’ve lived here my entire life. I love everything about the place. I’ve seen many changes over the years, and I believe Dartmouth is getting better all the time. I love that I get to help make a difference in my community every day in the work that I do.
Marketing & Communications
Kate d'Entremont (she/her)
Kate's role at the DDBC is to find creative ways to promote and tell the story of downtown Dartmouth. She oversees all of the DDBC’s communications, marketing and media relations. She interned with the DDBC in 2019 and fell in love with the welcoming community downtown Dartmouth has to offer. She jumped at the chance to re-join the team.
Fun fact: Kate grew up in Massachusetts and spent her summer's growing up at her family cottage on the North Shore of PEI.
Why I love Dartmouth: My favourite part of downtown Dartmouth is the friendly people. Whether it is walking on the sidewalk or shopping at a local business, everyone puts in the effort to make you feel at home.
Shawn Parker (he/him)
Shawn Parker is our Street Navigator in downtown Dartmouth. As you can see from Shawn’s incredible smile that he’s a genuine person with a gift for helping others. Shawn spends his days reaching out to homeless and street-involved folks in our community. He says listening is his number one job, then connecting folks to what they need, moving obstacles out of the way when necessary. He says the biggest challenging in his work these days is finding people places to live – access to affordable housing is a crisis in HRM.
Shawn divides his time between downtown Dartmouth and North End Halifax.
The DDBC is led by a volunteer Board of Directors who lead and support our organization and guide the work that we do.
Chair: Anthony Nicholson - Weldon McInnis
Vice-Chair: Matthew Jarsky - JARSKY
Treasure: Wade Beck - East Coast Credit Union
Scott Saccary - New Scotland Company
Joe Zareski - Zzap Architecture and Planning
Nadine Sparks - Unity Wigs & Hair Services
Sharon Ishimwe - MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning
Joanne McCullough - Millstone Public House
Rodger Smith - Black Business Initiative
Sam Austin - District 5 Councillor and Deputy Mayor
Claudia Chender - MLA Dartmouth South and Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP