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.

Board of Directors and Staff

Joann Fitzgerald, Chair

"The NSTT is a unique organization which really has a wonderful impact on the arts and artists in Nova Scotia.  As an organization, it helps to not only invest in emerging artists, but drives home the need to invest in all our artists across the province. I am very proud to lend my business expertise to help the NSTT grow and continue to support the artists of Nova Scotia and do my small part for my community."

His Honour, The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, Honorary Chair 

“Nova Scotia is fortunate to have the Nova Scotia Talent Trust support the many emerging artists who wish to pursue a professional career in the arts. With the backing of the NSTT, these fledgling artists will soon enrich our lives and contribute to Nova Scotia’s wonderful arts scene. To that end, I am truly honoured and delighted to serve as the Honorary Chair of the NSTT.”

Victoria Hines, Vice Chair

“The world recognizes the “struggle of an artist” exists….but few step in to do something about it. I couldn’t wait to get involved when I learned about the mandate and work of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Music and art surrounds all of our lives, every person, every location, sometimes without us even being aware of it. We are one healthy Province because of the Artists that make life a little more beautiful with their talent. Thank you, NSTT!”

Stephen Bordl, Treasurer

“As a strong believer that the talent of Nova Scotia artists continues to be World Class and that music, literary arts, dance, theatre, photography, circus art, visual arts and all the talent flows like a river through the streets and the town from Yarmouth to the tip of Cape Breton and in every kitchen, living room, backyard, gallery, stage, theatre and concert hall in our province. I am extremely proud of our Nova Scotia artists and I consider myself very privileged to work in an incredible dedicated Board of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. To see these talented artists receiving awards and inspire themselves to grow, build and create their artistic path and to push their talent to their limits and beyond. I am truly inspired and honoured to be involved with Nova Scotia Talent Trust on their 75 anniversary.”

Breagh MacKinnon, Secretary

"As a recent recipient, I’m proud to say the Nova Scotia Talent Trust played an important role in supporting me as I finished my Bachelor of Music from St. Francis Xavier University, and embarked on my career as a professional musician. I have seen firsthand the impact that this organization can have on emerging artists. I am honoured to join the board, and look forward to engaging both new artists and NSTT alumni who continue to contribute to the thriving creative community in Nova Scotia."

Adrian Hoffman, Past Chair

"I’ve had a long association with the Nova Scotia Talent Trust: as a jury member in the 1980, a founding Board member in the 1990 and as the Chair of the NSTT Board since 2008. It’s a wonderful way of staying in touch with the fine arts in Nova Scotia and a delight to see aspiring artists in all disciplines succeed in realizing their artistic dreams."

Charlotte Wilson-Hammond, RCA, Director

"As a long time supporter of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust I still feel as committed, if not more so to the work that is done by the NSTT, to foster and support the incredible talent that we have in Nova Scotia is a joy and to work with our amazing Board and Staff to this end is very gratifying. It feels like we make a difference!"

Natalie Wells, Director

"As a proud Nova Scotian, I recognize the importance of both sustaining and enhancing our arts communities. The Nova Scotia Talent Trust has been instrumental in providing much needed financial support to emerging artists for over 75 years and has truly helped contribute to the growth of Nova Scotia’s arts scene.

I am delighted to be on the NSTT Board and to continue its mandate to help emerging Nova Scotian artists in achieving professional careers in the arts."

CPA at N.J. Wells Inc.

Nicole Heelan, Director

"I have had a vast and varied interest in the arts for as long as I can remember.

To be able to contribute, even in some small way, to the arts in Nova Scotia is an honour."

Lawyer at Cox & Palmer

Kay Stanfield, Director

"The awarding of a Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarship in the formative stages of an arts career is a huge confidence builder for each artist, an important financial help, and a catalyst for attracting on-going supporters and enthusiasts."

Pamela Ritchie, Development Chair

“Having had the pleasure of being associated with the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, both as a juror and much earlier as a scholarship recipient, I have had the opportunity to see first hand the amazing results of the work of this distinctive charity. It has made a real difference in the lives of emerging artists, which in turn has significantly added to the cultural growth of Nova Scotia. By serving on the NSTT Board I hope to play a small part in the evolution of this outstanding organization.”

The Honourable Myra A. Freeman, Honorary Lifetime Director

Janice Merritt Flemming, Honorary Lifetime Director

"I was happy to support the NSTT over the years to enable young people to follow their dreams and to gain the experience, knowledge, and confidence needed to succeed."

Timothy C. Matthews, Honorary Lifetime Director

Alexander (Ted) Fraser, Honorary Lifetime Director

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Barbara Butler, Honorary Lifetime Director

"There is no greater goal than to support and encourage our young artists in their fields of study. The Nova Scotia Talent Trust in its 75 year history has provided a nurturing foundation upon which so many gifted young Nova Scotia artists have found their voices. It is a joy and privilege to serve on the board of the NSTT as you continue this important work."

Barbara Butler

Robert Geraghty, Honorary Lifetime Director

Jacqueline Steudler, Executive Director

"My part-time contract as the Executive Director for the Talent Trust brings me into contact with many emerging artists of all disciplines and colleagues from other cultural organizations. I appreciate the support through our community partners and individual donors. They show us every day that they believe in the arts as a vital factor for our cultural future."


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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