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.

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.

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.



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. 

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.

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.

Talent Trust Scholarship and Award Recipients

Many Talent Trust scholarship and award recipients have gone on to successful careers in the arts at home and abroad. From the Nova Scotia Talent Trust's first 40 years come names like harpsichordist Gordon Murray, organist John Grew, actor Don Allison, singer/actress Peggy Mahon,  painter Jean Edmonds Hancock, photographer Sherman Hines, classical guitarist Dale Kavanagh, French horn player David Parker, soprano Sue Doran, and actress Sarah Orenstein.  More recently, artists have included dancer Ruth Ellen Kroll Jackson, soprano Jane Archibald, actor Anne Marie Woods, poet Maureen Hull, cellist Denise Djokic, and visual artist Colleen Wolstenholme.

Congratulations to our 2018 Award Recipients!

The 2018 Special Award Winners were announced at our Special Awards Ceremony on December 11, 2018 at the Central Library in Halifax. Thank you to all who made it a success.

Nova Scotia Talent Trust 2018 Special Awards and scholarship recipients.

Their Honours with Erin Sparks and the scholarship and special award recipients. Photo Credit: Erica Flake

More event images can be found at: Special Awards Ceremony Photos 2018

On December 11, 2018 we celebrated the Award winners and Scholarship recipients at the Halifax Central Library (not all of the winners were able to attend due to their study schedule).



2018 Recipients
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2018 Award Recipients
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