Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation Promotional Video

Established by the Honourable Myra Freeman in 2005, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award recognizes excellence in all creative media and highlights works that have a strong connection to Nova Scotia in the context of national and international achievement.

The Masterworks Arts Award is the largest cultural award based in Nova Scotia, with up to $37,000 awarded annually. The Creators of up to five Finalist works receive $3,000, and the Creator(s) of one Winning work receive an additional $22,000, for a total of $25,000.

The Award is managed by the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation.

Board of Directors


Ms. Gay Hauser, President Email Gay Hauser

Gay Hauser has worked as an actor, director, designer and general manager administrator in non-profit arts sector for 35 years. Currently a consultant for Strategic Arts Management, Gay has worked as the general manager of Live Art Dance Productions and as a founding member of Eastern Front Theatre and Mulgrave Road Theatre Co. Gay continues to perform annually in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker and currently serves as the managing producer of the annual event.

Gay has experience in theatre and dance presenting general management including audience development, board development, strategic planning, production budgeting, global budgeting, and multi-year budgeting, financial reporting, audit preparation, bookkeeping, grant writing, CTA contracting, payroll, including T4 and T4A preparation, charitable tax returns, sponsorship relations, special event coordination, donor relations, volunteer relations, customer relations and box office management.

Ms. Susan  Letson, Past President Email Susan Letson

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.

Mr. Ted Fraser, Treasurer Email Ted Fraser

Ms. Carolle Fernando, Secretary Email Carolle Fernando

Carolle Fernando is an associate lawyer with McInnes Cooper in Halifax, specialising in tax law. After admission to the Bar in 2003, and commencing her legal career, she pursued her passion as a professional dancer with Mocean Dance, a company she co-founded in 2003. She has much hands-on experience in arts management and continues to act as Artistic Advisor to Mocean Dance. Carolle has returned to her other passion – law – and is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.


Mr. Norman Adams Email 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.

Mr. Paul Caskey Email 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 joined the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award Foundation in 2013.

Ms. D’Arcy Dennehy Email D'Arcy Dennehy

D’Arcy is a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has made her home Halifax for over 35 years and raised three very creative children here, one being a recipient of Nova Scotia Talent Trust Awards.

D’Arcy is a commercial Interior Designer and registered member of the Interior Designers of Nova Scotia. Her career has covered both the private and public sectors. She has run her own design practice, worked within Public Works and Government Services Canada, Halifax Regional Municipality and, most recently, with Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Architecture and Interiors, architects of record for the New Central Library. She is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified professional, a Project Management Professional, and member of PMI (Project Management Institute).

D’Arcy has served the boards of several arts related organizations, including the YMCA, NSCAD, Neptune Theatre, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, particularly in the area of events planning. She is keen to support any initiative that promotes and celebrates the vitality and value that art makers bring to our community.

Mr. Peter Guildford Email 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. Ingrid Jenkner Email Ingrid Jenkner

Ingrid Jenkner (B.A. Toronto; M.A. London (Courtauld Institute) has been Director/Curator of Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, since 1994.   She was previously Curator at Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina and at Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph.  In addition to her curatorial appointments, Jenkner has taught art history and theory at the universities of Guelph and Regina. She currently teaches Cultural Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University, and frequently serves on peer assessment committees of the Canada Council for the Arts and Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage. Prior to her appointment to the Masterworks Foundation Board, Ms. Jenkner has had the honour of nominating a Masterworks Arts Award winner, Breathing Under Water by Glynis Humphrey, and a Masterworks finalist, See Below by Susan Feindel.

Ms. Kaitlyn Touesnard Email 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.

Honourary Board Members

Mr. Wayne Boucher, RCA, Visual Artist

Mr. Ronald Bourgeois, Acadian Performing Artist/Television Producer/Arts Advocate

Ms. Judith Campbell, Public Relations and Promotions Consultant

Mrs. Joan Craig, CM, Craig Foundation Trustee, Autism Nova Scotia Founder

The Honourable Myra A. Freeman, CM, ONS,MSM, Former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia

Mr. Robert E. Geraghty

The Honourable Constance R. Glube, OC,ONS,QC

Mr. Timothy C. Matthews, QC., lawyer

Mr. Gregory Silver, B.Des.,CGD,FGDC, Design Consultant, St. Peter’s, Cape Breton

Past Board Members

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