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.


PO Box 1911
Lunenburg NS B0J 2C0



Issued April 20, 2020

With the continuing impact of Covid-19 uncertain, arts organizations and arts professionals do not need to be worrying about pending deadlines. Therefore, the Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts has decided to reschedule the May 30th grant submission deadline. The new deadline for applications has been set for September 30th and as a result there will only be one opportunity for submissions in 2020. Details of how to apply and for more information can be found on the grants page.


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.



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.


Joe Wilson


Passionate about the arts, highly organized, bilingual English/French written and spoken, creative thinker and problem solver, liaison between artists and collectors, fund raising, and social media.

Experience spans the corporate, cultural and philanthropic sectors. From managing an office for the investment firm Merrill Lynch Canada, to running my own Interior Design practice specializing in residential and corporate office design, to fundraising for the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. I have served on various boards including BNP Paribas (National Bank of Paris) Private Bank, Canada, and CANFAR, the Canadian Foundation for Aids Research. In 2019 I was the administrator at the Lunenburg Art Gallery and recently hired by the Laurie Swim Gallery for 2020


Rick Silas

When I finished my formal art education back in 1981 I started experimenting with more contemporary mediums such as reclaimed tempered glass, resins, spray paints and assorted plastic films. Over the last three decades I have developed what I believe to be new artistic mediums in 3-dimentional fine art painting, sculpture and functional works. The techniques for painting on glass are multidimensional in appearance and can be created on canvas or board, as well. My formula for bending glass without heat allows me to create large glass sculptures without the limitations faced when using heat. My inventions have been featured on The Discovery Channel where I created a sculpture using my patented formula for bending glass without heat. I was offered a deal on the popular television show The Dragons Den and had numerous published articles, local, national, and international, and many radio interviews.

I now teach the many processes I have developed and am offering online webinars, as well as, in studio workshops. Please visit www.ricksilas.com for more information.

I recently moved from Vancouver Island and now reside with my wife and daughter in beautiful Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.





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.