Fredericton city councillor Leah Levac is resigning mid-way through her term to take a job at the University of Guelph in Ontario.
The first-term councillor has sent a letter to her constituents in West Plat, West Hill, and Sunshine Gardens saying she is going to work as an assistant professor of community engaged scholarship in the school's political science department.
"The position combines my commitment to public engagement with my passion for research and teaching, and affords me the opportunity to lead the implementation of a new certificate in civic engagement and global citizenship," her notice states.
"It is a dream job for me, and a professional step that I need to take," she said.
Still, Levac says the decision to leave was a difficult one and that she has enjoyed her year on council.
"Though my tenure has been short, I am proud of the relationships that I've developed, the ideas [I've] been part of, and the opportunities that are forthcoming," she said in the notice.
Her resignation takes effect on June 28 and a byelection will be held in the fall. Levac says her colleagues will take over her committee work until then.
Levac was elected last May in the hotly contested Ward 10 race, earning 646 votes over incumbent councillor Stephen Kelly, who garnered 357 votes.
Levac, who is from Kingston, Ont., is currently an instructor at the University of New Brunswick’s Renaissance College, where she serves as a program innovator at the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership.
She is in an expert in public engagement, who earned her PhD from the University of New Brunswick in 2011.
She worked on the provincial government’s poverty reduction task force and was a founding director with 21inc., a non-profit group that focuses on "building a community of high performing leaders and entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada."