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.

How to Support Us

There are many ways you can support the Talent Trust and contribute to the ongoing success of our future Nova Scotian artists! 

BASKET OF ART : Stay tuned, we are hoping to revive this in 2023!  With this raffle, you could win basket full of art experiences from concerts, to good dining, to dance shows, and theatre. 

VOLUNTEER: If you have free time, we are always looking for volunteers to sit on our board or help out at some of our functions like the annual Portia White Concert end of November and the Special Awards Ceremony mid December 2022. Unfortunately both of these events aren't held in person. The Portia White Concert isn't confirmed yet for 2022 and we'll update you on the Special Awards Ceremony in December 2022 in early fall.

DONATE: If you would like to give, you can make a donation, right here on our website. Simply fill out the form above, or click on the DONATE button in the upper right hand corner of any page on our website!

LEGACY GIFT: If you feel you would like to make a bigger contribution and help secure the future of the NSTT you might want to contact the NSTT Foundation or our Executive Director Andrea Urquhart at director(at)

SPONSORSHIP: If you are a business, we would be happy to discuss a sponsor partnership with you. As a registered charity, there are many different options available for you to support art education. Our Executive Director Andrea Urquhart will be glad to answer your questions at director(at)


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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