Simon Shaw

Simon Shaw graduated with many awards and honours, including four Talent Trust scholarships, in the spring of 2007 from the Newark and Sherwood School of Violin Making and Repair, Newark, England. This institution is one of the foremost violin making schools in the world. Simon is now a professional luthier practicing in Halifax.

Marc Djokic

Marc began his violin studies at the age of six with his father, violinist Philippe Djokic. He has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Kiwanis Festival of Music Rose Bowl Prize, the Hudson Community Scholarship, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Scholarship Award, and several NSTT Awards, including the prestigious Raymond Simpson Award, and the Lieutenant Governor's Award.

Natalie Alcorn

It is amazing to know that there are so many wonderful people who invest so much time and effort because they truly care about the successful development of our futures as artists. I am so thankful to have such support from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust- it is incredibly encouraging and helpful on so many levels.

Denise Djokic

Cellist Denise Djokic is one of the most exciting talents of her generation and has thrilled audiences worldwide with the youthful vigour, confidence and passion of her playing.

Marielle Groven

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust has supported me every step of the way, from my earliest beginnings in the study of music to my current pursuit of a master's degree in music composition at McGill. Thanks to their generous support, I have been given the means to realize my dream of making a career in music as a composer and arranger of music. For this, I am deeply grateful.

  • Adrian Hoffman, 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."

    Adrian Hoffman

  • His Honour Brigadier-General, The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, Honourary Chair 

    "The Nova Scotia Talent Trust provides critical support to emerging artists so that they can fulfill their potential, become cultural ambassadors for our province and contribute to the vibrancy of our communities."


  • Erin Sparks, Vice-Chair

    "Contributing to the vibrancy and strength of Nova Scotia’s cultural scene is my true passion. As a former recipient, the NS Talent Trust was instrumental in helping me to pursue my artistic goals, and it was those invaluable experiences which ultimately led to my path in artist management. I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with the Talent Trust and have the opportunity to help others find their own artistic path."

    Erin Sparks

    Erin Sparks - Portia White Award Gala Concert

  • Daphne Cruikshanks, Treasurer

    "I am inspired by the dedication and enthusiasm of the students who receive the Special Awards and Scholarships."

    Daphne Cruikshanks

  • Leila Kovacevic, Secretary

    "Arriving in Canada from a refugee camp my parents would not have been able to finance my ballet classes.

    I am and will always be grateful to Elizabeth Leese for the years I studied with her, on full scholarship, which allowed me to be a professional dancer for many years. Serving on the NSTT board is a way of me being able to help others achieve their goals."

    Leila Kovacevic

  • Joann Fitzgerald, Development 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."

    Joann Fitzgerald

  • Charlotte Wilson-Hammond, RCA, Past Chair

    "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!"

    Charlotte Wilson-Hammond

  • George Clarke, Director

    "As a musician with two degrees in music I’ve seen first hand the dedication and hard work that drives artists to be the best they can be. I support the Nova Scotia Talent Trust as a Board Member to provide financial support to help our artists achieve their goals."

    George Clarke

  • Peter Guildford, Chair 75th Anniversary Committee

    “My association with the Nova Scotia Talent Trust began in 1989 when, as part of my work for the Nova Scotia Culture Division, I became Secretary for the NSTT, a position I served in for 14 years. My return to the board in 2014 was an indication that the work of the NSTT never really left my view. I am pleased to once again contribute to its important work.”

    Peter Guildford

  • Alexis Milligan, Director

    "The Nova Scotia Talent Trust has been an essential part of my life as an artist.  Through three separate scholarships (1996, 1997, 1999) the NSTT supported my studies in the United States, England and Canada in both theatre and dance.  In 2011 I was honoured to be asked to sit on the jury, which I was proudly committed to for the full three year term.  During my time as a jury member I realized I wanted to continue working with this incredible organization.  My hope as a board member is to build a stronger connection with alumni and past recipients, and to raise awareness about The NSTT that will enable future young artists to pursue their dreams, as I did."

    Alexis Milligan


  • Alex E. Pierce, Director

    "The Nova Scotia Talent Trust supports artists financially at what is perhaps the most vulnerable stage in their development, often just at the cusp between student and professional. This encouragement at the formative stage of an artist's career is worth every hour I spend with the NSTT. It's a privilege to be on the board and to contribute to the future of both the organization and the artists it supports. We have lively discussions and constantly feel the worth of what we do."

    Alex E. Pierce

  • 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."

    Kay Stanfield

  • Cate Weis, Director

    "I became aware of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust - its history and its ongoing commitment to artists of all disciplines - through other volunteer positions and was so pleased to be afforded the opportunity to join its Board of Directors.  Supporting the Nova Scotia Talent Trust allows me to contribute to the development of emerging artists in our community, and combines my love of the arts with my enjoyment of youth."

    Cate Weis

  • Janice Merritt Flemming, Honourary 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."

    Janice Flemming


  • Alexander (Ted) Fraser, Honourary Lifetime Director

  • Robert Geraghty, Honourary Lifetime Director

  • Jacqueline Steudler, Executive Director

    "My part-time contract as the Executive Director for the Nova Scotia Talent Trust brings me into contact with many emerging artists of all disciplines and colleagues from other cultural organizations. It is a pleasure to work for an organization that supports talented emerging artists through scholarships and special awards.

    I appreciate the support through our community partners and individual donors. They show us every day that they believe as well in the arts as a vital factor for our cultural future."

    Jacqueline Steudler


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