Luciana Fernandes

Luciana received the 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award in 2016. She completed her undergrad at Dalhousie University, then relocated to British Columbia to pursue her MFA in directing at UBC.


Luciana returned to Halifax in 2018 to participate in Neptune Theatre’s Chrysalis Project, which provides practical experience and mentorship to emerging theatre artists.

Devin Huang

Devin began playing piano in 2013 at the age of seven, and has won both awards and competitions since then.


He was the 2017 recipient of the first ever Gordon Murray rising Star Award, and one of the winners of the 2017/18 Chebucto Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, an honour which gave him the opportunity to perform with the Orchestra in the spring of 2018.

Ian Parsons

Ian received Talent Trust scholarships to pursue studies in dance. He trained at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax, then attended Canada’s National Ballet School.


Ian began teaching ballet after touring with CATS in 2013, and relocated from London, UK back to Canada three years later. 

Charley Young

Born in Alberta, Charley moved to Nova Scotia to pursue her BFA at NSCAD University. She received the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award and the Lieutenant Governor Award. 


Charley is a practing artist who teaches drawing and printmaking at NSCAD University and Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.

Lee Yuen-Rapati

Lee received the Talent Trust 2011 Canada Games Award in 2017, the year he began the MA Typeface Design program at the University of Reading in the UK, which is considered by many in the design industry as the best in the world. 


He completed his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Design at NSCAD University, where he taught as a guest lecturer for two years prior to beginning his MA.

Shanice Skinner

Shanice, a soprano born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2017.


Shanice was Nova Scotia’s alto selection for the 2014 National Youth Choir, and soprano for the 2016 National Youth Choir tour in Alberta. She won the Talent Trust Portia White award in 2016, and received a scholarship in 2018 to continue her voice studies.

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No matter how much time. Effort. Dedication. No matter how much love surrounds you. It's just not enough.

You need to believe. And in order to believe, sometimes you need to know someone believes in you. 

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A dedicated team of people made this video a reality, and we'd like to extend our gratitude to all of them.

Thank you to the featured scholarship recipients and their families:

  • Sandra Brownlee
  • Isaac Fresia
  • Maggie Oates-Johnson
  • Michael Hirschbach
  • Devin Huang
  • Veronique MacKenzie
  • Reeny Smith

This video was produced by Jeff Fish and Cathy Brown of Filet Production Services in Halifax. Thank you Fish and Cathy!

The Talent Trust recognizes funding from the Support4Culture, a designated lottery program of the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation.

Thank you for to all the people who supported this video by opening up their locations and sharing their knowledge: 

  • The Music Room
  • Leica Hardy Studios
  • Artistic Sole
  • St. Thomas United Baptist Church
  • Halifax Dance
  • Dalhousie Arts Centre
  • The Marquee Club
  • Lynn Stodola
  • Gregor Ash, ECMA
  • Jeff Lawton, ECMA
  • Drew Domokos, Bell Media
  • Brian Fisher, Bell Media
  • Isaac Fraser’s family for the use of their farm
  • Marc Cyr, CX Productions
  • Anne Melanson, Bloom Non-Profit Consulting Group
  • Carolyn Marshall, Bloom Non-Profit Consulting Group

Thank you for believing in this project from the start:

  • Marcel McKeough
  • Chris Shore
  • Meredith Cowan
  • Jessica Peddle

Contact Us

Nova Scotia Talent Trust
P.O. Box 575
Halifax, NS B3J 2R7
Phone: 902-492-6801 (Executive Director)  (Scholarship Program Coordinator)

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