Leigh Bursey


Vice President | Director at Large

Independent Member


Leigh Bursey is a newlywed homeowner, an international best-selling author, and an award winning journalist. A former media personality, former municipal councillor, and previous Executive Director of Tiny Home Alliance Canada, Leigh is also a formerly homeless youth with first-hand lived experience with poverty. Leigh currently sits on the Making The Shift ‘Scholars With Lived Experience’ Advisory Committee, and is the lead for the National Alliance to End Rural and Remote Homelessness’ ‘Persons With Lived Experience’ working group.

In his spare time, Leigh is a frontline shelter work in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Leigh is also co-founder of the Brockville Streetfriends volunteer initiative, and founder of the Mount Pearl Streetfriends. He is also a musician, and often can be found performing at charity events in the area. Leigh is Chartered Housing Professional, a graduate of the Housing Professionals Mentorship Program, and a Child and Youth Worker. He is a dedicated member of the Canadian Housing Renewal Association, a former Vice President of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, and a writer for Invisible People.

Leigh brings public relations and governance experience to the role, mixed with compelling lived experience, rural and remote representation, and a dedicated philosophy of volunteerism and leadership.