Past Board Members

Mr. Norman Adams

Norman Adams is Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Artistic Director of suddenlyLISTEN music. A student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, Bernard Greenhouse, and American new music pioneer Pauline Oliveros, Norman has been a soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia and Les Jeunes Virtuoses de Montréal. He has been guest principal cellist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and has performed chamber, and improvised music throughout Canada, the US, France, and the UK. His performances have also been heard across the country on CBC Radio. As an educator, Norman has been a faculty member at Acadia University, at Scotia Festival of Music, and the Acadia Summer Strings Festival. In 2010 Norman was awarded an Established Artist Award by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, for his varied work. In addition to his work as a classical cellist, Norman is well known as an improviser and electronic musician, playing free and creative music in North America and Europe. Norman has collaborated with many leading artists including Joëlle Léandre, Gerry Hemingway, Eddie Prévost, Pauline Oliveros, Buck 65, Jerry Granelli, Marilyn Crispell and Evan Parker. Since 2000 Norman has been the Artistic Director and Producer of suddenlyLISTEN Music, an organization that both presents an annual series of concerts of improvised music, featuring a broad range of local, Canadian and international artists; and produces a wide range of other performance projects. He is also dedicated to sharing music with all people, co-leading the bi-weekly suddenlyLISTEN Improvisation Workshop for the past nine seasons.

Ms. Mireille Bourgeois

Originally from Dieppe, New Brunswick, Mireille Bourgeois has an MA from the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.  An active member of the media arts community, she has independently curated and contributed to programs throughout Canada, the US, and Germany, and has published critical writing for Visual Arts News, Creative Times Press, C-Magazine, the Canadian Film Institute, Incite Journal of Experimental Media, and the online art blog Artengine.  Mireille Bourgeois is currently Director at the Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Ms. Alice Burdick

Alice Burdick is a Mahone Bay-based poet and co-owner of Lexicon Books in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She was born and grew up in Toronto, and has been involved in the small press community since 1990. Alice is the author of the full-length poetry collections Simple Master (Pedlar Press), Flutter (Mansfield Press) and Holler (Mansfield Press), and most recently Book of Short Sentences (Mansfield Press,) as well as many chapbooks. Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under the Influence (The Mercury Press, 2004). Her work has been included in many magazines, nationally and internationally, online and print.

Ms. Barbara Butler

Barbara Butler is the Director of Music at St. John’s Anglican Church in Lunenburg. A chamber musician, choral conductor, organist and music educator, she is a well-known champion for the arts in Nova Scotia.

Born in Newfoundland, Barbara earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Acadia University with majors in piano and organ. She is also a graduate of Banff School of Fine Arts in Arts Management, The Institute of Choral Arts (Nova Scotia Choral Federation), England’s Royal School of Church Music and the International Organ Academy (Holland). In 1990 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. She is the recipient of both the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service to music and the arts in Nova Scotia. She is a 2006 recipient of a Women of Excellence Award in the field of culture from the Canadian Progress Club (Halifax – Cornwallis). In October, 2011 she was honoured to receive an Honourary Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of King’s College.

Barbara Butler is the Artistic and Administrative Director of Musique Royale, a Festival of Early Music in Nova Scotia and year round concerts at St. John’s Church in Lunenburg. She is the Founder and past Artistic Director of the St. Cecilia Concert Series and former Director of the Lieutenant Governor’s Concert Series.

Barbara has strong affiliations with many arts organizations in the province and has served various boards. Currently she is an avid supporter and board member of Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir as well as the Masterworks Awards.

Ms. Judith Campbell

Judith (Judy) Campbell, Halifax, was previously the Vice-Chair of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Awards Foundation and is retired from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  For over 25 years, she managed numerous regional and national communications and marketing initiatives in support of CBC Radio, Television and New Media.  She also developed and coordinated sponsorships, community relations and outreach activities for the Corporation. Judy was project manager for CBC’s Gold Sponsorship of Tall Ships 2000 and CBC Television’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations in Atlantic Canada, in 2002. In 2003, she was the Regional Account Manager responsible for marketing and communications strategies, including advertising, media relations, issues management and special events, associated with the promotion of “Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion”. Judy is now a consultant in public relations, communications and marketing.

Mr. Paul Caskey

Paul Caskey’s involvement in Canada’s professional dance community has ranged from that of dancer/choreographer to Lighting Designer to Artistic Director. Moving from Vancouver to Montreal in 1989, he quickly immersed himself in the Quebec dance milieu, choreographing his own works and dancing for numerous independent choreographers. In 1994 he became Co-Artistic Director of Montreal’s Studio 303, a position he held until 2005 when he moved to Halifax, where he is currently Executive Producer of Live Art Dance Productions. Paul was a founding Board member of the Canadian Dance Assembly and was formerly President of the Board of Directors of the CanDance Network of Dance Presenters. He was on the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award Foundation from 2013 to 2016.

Mr. Ted Fraser

Mr. Peter Guildford

Peter Guildford is a native of Halifax who has had a life-long involvement in the arts. While in high school he was very active in youth theatre before studying Theatre at Dalhousie University. Following two years of public school teaching, Peter returned to university, completing a Masters of Theatre History at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. While completing his master thesis, he worked for the Vancouver Children’s Festival. When he returned to Halifax in 1981 he worked in a volunteer capacity and then as Festival Director for the Children’s Festival of Nova Scotia. During that period he also taught Theatre History for two years at Dalhousie. From 1987 to 2011 he worked for the Culture Division of the Nova Scotia government where he was active in community cultural development and organizational development as well as managing grant funding programs. As well, for 14 years he served as Secretary for the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Since his retirement from the provincial government he has undertaken occasional contract work in board governance with non-profit arts organizations in the province.

Ms. Susan  Letson, Past President

Susan has recently retired as the Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs, based in Halifax. Previously she was a leader in Executive Recruitment in the Atlantic region for over 15 years, having held senior positions with two national firms, KPMG and The Caldwell Partners International. Her practice focus was the recruitment of senior level candidates for public and private sector organizations.

Susan is a past Chair of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award Foundation, Halifax YWCA, Symphony Nova Scotia, Debut Atlantic and a past Vice Chair of the United Way of Halifax. She is currently on the boards of the Resource Recovery Fund Board and The Greater Halifax Partnership.

Ms. Elizabeth MacDonald

Through her company, Acappella Communications Inc., Elizabeth provides strategic counsel and support in communications planning and implementation, writing and editing, and stakeholder engagement for corporate, university, government and not-for-profit clients. She is an accomplished communications professional, with more than 25 years of public, private, and voluntary sector experience.

Elizabeth started her career as communications assistant to the Saskatchewan Minister of Energy and Mines and later as legislative assistant to the federal Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources. Upon moving to the private sector Elizabeth worked as Public Affairs manager (Ontario) with Texaco Canada and later with Imperial Oil Limited as Public Affairs manager (Atlantic). In 1996, she joined Royal Bank as Manager, Public Affairs (Atlantic). From 2003 – 2007, Elizabeth was based in Germany, where she worked with the Canadian Forces community in Europe in several capacities. Elizabeth also taught writing and management at Mount Saint Vincent University and Seneca College (for Canadian Forces Support Unit Europe) in Germany. For her work as writer and editor of the IABC Belgium website, she won two IABC Chapter Management Awards in two consecutive years (2005, 2006).

An active community volunteer for many years, Elizabeth is currently a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board for Halifax and serves on the boards of both the Charitable Irish Association and An Cumann: The Irish Association of Nova Scotia. Elizabeth also helps organize Re-Jigged, an annual festival of new Celtic music and dance.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Francis Xavier University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Queen’s University, a Diploma in Marketing and International Business from Saint Mary’s University, and a Certificate in Adult Education from Seneca College.

Mr. Timothy C. Matthews

Ms. Kaitlyn Touesnard

Kaitlyn Touesnard is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in entrepreneurship, minoring in psychology, with Human Resource certification. While completing her studies Kaitlyn led the Saint Mary’s Enactus team of over 60 students to create community outreach projects. From 2009 to 2013 she held the positions of Fundraising Co-ordinator, Vice President of Public Relations, Vice President Social, Project Manager of Options, and most recently the position of Co-President. For her achievements with the team, Kaitlyn received the 2012 HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow award for Atlantic Canada.

Kaitlyn has been working at the Sobey School Business Development Centre as a Project Manager since 2011 and takes the lead on many projects including the Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference. Previously she has taught the SSBDC’s 22 week employability program designed to give at-risk youth the skill and opportunity to succeed in the workforce. Kaitlyn has also had the opportunity to work on a Small Business Registry to connect business owners with students looking to gain experience working with entrepreneurs, The Husky Group, a student business incubator project and the Sobey School Solutions workshops, a series of  breakfast workshops to help small and medium sized businesses tackle relevant issues.

Ms. Liliona Quarmyne

Liliona Quarmyne is an independent choreographer, performer, teacher, and community development facilitator.  She is also the Creative Mind Body Spirit Program Coordinator for the Tatamagouche Centre.  Liliona deeply believes that movement and art can play a central role in the development of self-identity, and in the growth and empowerment of communities.  Liliona is particularly interested in the body’s ability to link us to past and to future generations.  She draws on her Ghanaian/Filipino background, and on a diverse set of training and experiences – including participating in Kinetic Studio’s Explorations program, dancing with Nyata Nyata, obtaining a Masters in African Studies, teaching extensively, working on the Arrivals Project, running Generations in Motion, and sitting on the board of the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre – to generate a creative and unconventional vision of how we are in the world.