Meaghan Fortune, Project Coordinator
Meaghan has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cape Breton University.
She has a passion for all things nature. Some of her interests include marine life, being out in the forest, and she is developing a love for plants and gardening.
She has a caring and friendly personality and feels most at peace when she is out in nature, whether it’s spending a day in the forest listening to the birds and studying the plants and trees or sitting in the water getting to know the aquatic animals.
Meaghan also has a deep love for all animals, having three dogs of her own. She believes that we need to take care of our environment not only for the humans, but for all animals too. She works hard every day to be environmentally friendly by taking care of our ecosystems and educating others on the importance of caring for our beautiful earth.
In her spare time Meaghan enjoys creating beach glass art, photography, and exploring our beautiful island.
Neila Buchanan, Finance Administrator
Neila Buchanan joined ACAP Cape Breton in October of 2006 as ACAP Cape Breton’s Finance Administrator.
Neila is responsible for all accounts receivable, accounts payable, and of course payroll.
Her work experience includes 28 years in the banking industry along with her educational background which comprises of a Fundamental Accounting Principles Degree from Cape Breton University, an Investment Funds in Canada Course, and Principles of Credit Courses from the Institute of Canadian Bankers.
These attributes have made Neila an organized and dependable employee. Neila has a true passion for the environment and has been adopting environmentally friendly practices for as long as she can remember.
Elizabeth Jessome, Project Specialist
Elizabeth graduated from Cape Breton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy & Biology, and is currently working to complete a Master of Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies. Her research interests include anything plant-related, from forest ecosystems to farmer’s fields, watersheds and wetlands to urban green spaces.
Elizabeth believes strongly in the value of outdoor education. She is happiest when helping people of all ages connect with nature. She also holds a Teacher Assistant diploma, and enjoys supporting individuals with a wide-variety of learning styles and exceptionalities.
When not at work, Elizabeth can usually be found puttering about her garden or exploring beneath forest canopies.
Jen Cooper, Project Manager
Jen has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Graduate Certification in Ecosystem Restoration.
She is happiest when she’s boots deep in a stream or up to her elbows in soil.
With an interest in ecological gardening, Jen loves experimenting with the cultivation of native wetland plants and with their natural capacities for water filtration.
Her characteristic sense of wonder at nature’s intricate mechanisms serves her well in teaching complex scientific concepts in fun and muddy ways.
In her spare time Jen is a writer, a painter, and mother of two sweet children.
Amanda McDougall, Executive Director
Amanda is a Cape Breton University graduate who found her calling in politics and community development while studying at the Island's university.
Her love for the environment and discovering ways to inspire positive change in her community led Amanda to help spearhead the campaign to have the MV Miner removed from the shores of Scatterie Island, work on the Rural-Urban Immigration for Cape Breton and currently to her roles as Municipal Councillor for District 8 of the CBRM and Executive Director of ACAP Cape Breton.
Amanda has developed a deep love for gardening and has an ever-growing vegetable garden in her yard in beautiful Main-a-Dieu. From her early days working in the Education Department at ACAP, Amanda learned the importance of doing smalls things every day that have big impact on the planet overall. Despite having an irrational fear of bees, she is growing a lovely pollinator garden and plays host to many solitary pollinators.
Amanda shares her time between Glace Bay and Main-a-Dieu where her home is filled with a wonderful partner, a 5 year-old who is filled with adventure, 2 foolish cats and a very spoiled dog.