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.

Our Community Partners

Nova Scotia - Communities, Culture and Heritage

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust recognizes the support of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. We thank the Department for their generous support of our 75th Anniversary year in 2019. We are pleased to work in partnership with the province to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

Arts Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust recognizes the support of Arts Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the province to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.


Thank you Halifax for your support through a Community Grant to give the Talent Trust new colours. Without you we wouldn't have been able to re-brand the Talent Trust in 2017. Thank you for your generous contribution towards our 75th Anniversary activities in 2019.

The Craig Foundation

Thank You to The Craig Foundation for their ongoing support and there special contribution to our 75th Anniversary celebrations in 2019.


The Nova Scotia Talent Trust recognizes the support of Support 4 Culture Program. We are pleased to work in partnership with the province to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

RBC - Emerging Artists

Thank You to RBC - Emerging Artists Program for their ongoing support through the Special RBC Emerging Artists Award and support of individual scholarships.

Canadian Federation of Musicians

Thank you to the Canadian Federation of Musicians for supporting our music pop up events during our 75th anniversary in 2019 featuring former Talent Trust scholarship recipients. 

CIOE 97.5 Community Radio

Thank you Jim Robson and the volunteers at CIOE 97.5 for hosting the Talent Trust's Artist Spotlight every first Thursday of the month at 1 p.m.

Debut Atlantic

Thank You to Debut Atlantic for supporting us by sharing their office space and for supporting the Talent Trust's 75th anniversary events in 2019.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia

Thank You to Visual Arts Nova Scotia for their ongoing support of the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/VANS Award.


Thank You to immediaC for their in-kind contribution of $2,499 towards the new NSTT website and their ongoing web support since 2008.

Code + Mortar (former

Thank You to Code + Mortar for their generous in-kind support of $15,000 to develop our online application system in 2013 and their ongoing maintenance support.

Dalhousie University - Music in Medicine

Thank You to Dalhousie University - Music in Medicine,  Dalhousie HEALS Program for supporting the NSTT Portia White Award through the annual Portia White Gala Concert. 

Theatre Nova Scotia

Thank You to Theatre Nova Scotia for their ongoing support of the Special Theatre Nova Scotia Award.

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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