The Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts is a registered charity dedicated to ensuring a vibrant future for the arts in Lunenburg County. We provide leadership, develop awareness and create synergies through education, advocacy and the distribution of grants.

We support cultural projects that advance collaboration, equity and diversity and contribute to the quality of life in our community.

Board of Directors

Sheila Woodcock - President
Mimi Findlay - Vice President
Rita van Tassel - Secretary
Jamie Ernst - Treasurer
David Penney
Laurie Swim
Sharon Gunn
Elisabeth Whitlock


PO Box 1911
Lunenburg NS B0J 2C0




Sheila Woodcock

Before re-locating to Nova Scotia in 2000 and establishing QSE Consulting, Sheila held positions in hospital and private labs, education and CEO of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario. Sheila has an MBA and is a faculty member with UBC's Laboratory Quality Management program, volunteers for CSA and Standards Council of Canada; chairing the ISO Committee, Quality and competence in the medical laboratory. Professional projects have taken her across Canada, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. At home with husband Garry, Sheila is a keen community volunteer, taking special pride in being a founder of the Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts.


David John Lobb

Born in England, David John and his wife moved to Lunenburg in 2010. David John has over thirty-five years of sales/marketing experience in business development, with a focus on helping companies expand their share in the global market place. Involved primarily with specialized architectural glass products, he worked with architects and interior design firms to secure glass contracts on projects in the Canary Wharf and St. Pancras Districts, as well as BAA Airports and the 2012 Olympic Village. Since moving to Lunenburg, David John has had more time to volunteer for the arts, including the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival.


Jamie Ernst

Jamie was born and raised in Lunenburg. He received his BBA from Acadia University and became a Chartered Accountant in 1994. He has been self-employed since 2006, both as a Chartered Professional Accountant and as a financial planner with Maritime Wealth. Jamie is an enthusiastic volunteer with various community groups and organizations, including a number of long service relationships with the Health Services Foundation, Lunenburg Yacht Club, Lunenburg Swimming Pool, and Central United Church. Jamie’s passion for the arts, particularly theatre and music, is inspired by his wife Dawn and his daughters Meghan and Hannah.


Susan Black

Susan was born in Sackville, NB and graduated from NSCAD with a BFA and a BDComm (Communication Design). She lived in both Montreal and Toronto working as a graphic designer and held the position of Associate Art Director at Chatelaine magazine before returning to Nova Scotia in 1993 to a design position at Seagull Pewter. In 2001 she retired from her position as Creative Director to start her own art & design business. She licenses her artwork to a number of gift, home decor, publishing and stationery companies while maintaining her own fine art practice. She moved to Lunenburg in 2014 drawn by the vibrant culture of the town. Currently she volunteers for the Chowder Club, the Lunenburg Dog Park Society and the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival.


Faye Pickrem

Born in Halifax, Faye completed her BA and MA in English Literature and Theatre. After working and studying in the UK, she returned to Canada for doctoral studies at York University. Faye taught Cultural Studies and English at Trent University until 2007, when the siren song of the ocean called her back to N.S. She has been an invited speaker and organizer at 30+ conferences, was short-listed for TVO's Best Lecturer in Canada in 2006, and is an enthusiastic volunteer, mentor and advocate across the arts. A writer and communications consultant, Faye divides her time between Lunenburg and Toronto.


Claire Bailly Creaser

Claire was born in Lunenburg and educated at the Lunenburg Academy and Mount Saint Bernard, St. FX. In 1963, Claire and husband David started Lunenburg Auto, now owned by their son Ian. Claire was introduced to art by cousin Early Bailly; she spent some of her summer vacations driving Earl in his yellow convertible, and attended the awarding of Earl's honorary Doctorate at St. FX. One of the founding members of the Lunenburg Figure Skating Club, Claire taught power skating for seventeen years. She is a member of Maritime Concert Opera Chorus and other singing groups, as well as a Cantor at St. Norbert's Church.


Suzanne Bailly

Suzanne and her brother Ron grew up in the Earl Bailly household in Lunenburg with their grandparents and parents, Earl's primary caregivers. Suzanne has been a high school Chemistry teacher and adult educator, working in both public schools and community college. She retired from Capital Health, where she was a community educator with Addiction Services. She has experience as an active member on many workplace committees. Suzanne is a former Board Member of Canadian Paraplegic Association and the Canadian Congress of Learning Opportunities for Women (NS representative). She has a wide range of arts-related interests including singing and fibre arts.


David Penney

David's personal and professional journey has taken him across Canada, mostly in leadership positions relating to mental health and mediation. He returned to Nova Scotia and settled in Lunenburg in 2001. A long-time supporter of the arts, David was President of the Board for the Niagara Symphony, and is currently a volunteer for the Lunenburg LAMP music performance program, the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society, and the Rotary Club. David maintains that the arts are gifts that add value and richness to our lives and communities, enhancing critical thinking, social tolerance, and cultivating a larger view of the world.


Mimi Findlay

Mimi arrived in Nova Scotia half a lifetime ago and has no plans to move. Self employed for most of her working years, she has created, owned and operated a number of small businesses. Most notably Mimi's Ocean Grill in Mahone Bay. Her love of architecture and interiors has led her to many years of design work and she continues that passion with Rhubarb Home Design Consulting.

Mimi created the Great Scarecrow Festival in Mahone Bay and chaired it for its initial 10 years. She also volunteered on many festival committees and local initiatives. Her hope is to contribute to expanding the successes of the Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts.