Everything we do is about promoting the arts in Lunenburg County. We are a small but mighty charity that seeks to advance collaboration, equity and diversity, to contribute to the quality of life in our community.
We provide small grants and bursaries to artists from all disciplines in Lunenburg County.
We provide leadership, develop awareness and create synergies through education, advocacy and the distribution of grants.
We are dedicated to ensuring a vibrant future for the arts in Lunenburg County.
MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sheila Woodcock – President
Before re-locating to the beautiful shores of Nova Scotia in 2000 and establishing QSE Consulting, Sheila held positions in hospital and private labs, in education and as 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. She volunteers for CSA and Standards Council of Canada; chairing the ISO Committee. Professional projects have taken her across Canada, and around the world. Sheila is a keen community volunteer and currently serves on the Board of the IWK Health Centre. Her passion for supporting the arts started with her appreciation of the work done by her talented photographer husband, Garry. She has focused her considerable energies on helping the LFA grow and bloom as a charitable entity.
Mimi Findlay – Vice-President
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 led to 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. Mimi currently volunteers with the South Shore Hospice Palliative Care Society. Her hope is to contribute to expanding the successes of the LFA.
Diana Leszczynski – Secretary
Diana previously worked in feature film and television development, and as a producer and writer, in Los Angeles. She also created an entertainment-based website for the cultural division of the Canadian Consulate, L.A. A graduate of the University of Toronto, she recently completed the Certificate in Creative Writing programme there, has studied at UCLA and at Ryerson University. Diana is the author of three middle-grade novels, including the award-winning Fern Verdant and the Silver Rose, Knopf. Amongst her volunteer efforts, she tutored homeless children at the Union Rescue Mission on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. She is currently developing a business focussing on creative writing retreats in Lunenburg. Diana uses her organizational and social media skills to spread the word of the LFA’s charitable endeavours.
Sam Kinsley – Treasurer
Sam Kinsley is an interdisciplinary artist of settler ancestry currently living and learning as an uninvited guest on the unceded Mi’Kmaq territory in Nova Scotia. Sam studied at the University of British Columbia, the Nova Scotia Collage of Art and Design. Sam has been privileged to participate in artist residences and exhibitions across Canada.
Letitia McFall – Board Member
Letty has founded, managed and promoted a wide range of community and cultural projects, including coordinating cultural programs in the Borough of Etobicoke, initiating Ontario’s first Community School, co-directing the Ecumenical Forum of Canada; innovating awareness campaigns for Edmonton’s AIDS Network, directing an inner-city Health Centre focused on Aboriginal healing/cultural practices, and developing curriculum for the University of Alberta Women’s Centre. Always a creative soul, Letty founded the Letisha McFall Studio (Alberta), a textile based fine craft practice creating commissioned pieces with an international clientele. Letty is a board member of the Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers, the Heritage Interpretation International, the Second Story Women’s Centre, and is on Lunenburg’s Welcome Committee. Letty is committed to supporting the arts and artists of Lunenburg County through her skillful fund raising for the LFA.
Jayme Spinks – Board Member
Jayme (they/them) has been designing and producing printed material for arts, culture, and queer communities across Canada since 2007. After completing a design degree from OCADU, Jayme worked at several of Toronto’s top studios and publications. Jayme’s fascination with the interplay of language and typography has always informed their work, and eventually led them to Nova Scotia to pursue a Master of Design degree from NSCAD. A summer visit to friends in Lunenburg led to a permanent stay. Since 2021, they have been running the independent publishing company, Nevermore Press.
Lou Sheppard – Board Member
Lou is an artist and researcher living and working on the traditional and unceeded territory of the Mi’kmaq, Dublin Shore, Nova Scotia. His wide ranging practice includes interdisciplinary audio, performance and sculptural/installation based works and focuses on climate crisis, loss, queer bodies and ecologies. Lou’s research is often evidenced through graphic notations, scripts and scores which are then performed in collaboration with other artists and in community gatherings. Lou has performed and exhibited across Canada, notably at The Art Gallery of York University, The Confederation Centre for the Arts, and as part of the first Toronto Biennial, as well as internationally, at Kumu Kunstimuuseum in Estonia, in the Antarctic Biennial, and at Titanik Gallery in Finland. Lou has participated in numerous residencies, including the International Studio Curatorial Program in Brooklyn, NY., La Cité des Arts in Paris, and as participant and faculty at The Banff Centre in Banff, AB. He has been longlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2018 and 2021, and was one of 25 winners in 2020. Lou’s commitment to accessible arts funding brought him to the board of the Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts in 2023, and he is excited to help support local artists and arts initiatives in Lunenburg County. Raised in the Annapolis Valley, Lou returned to Nova Scotia with his partner Pamela Hart to settle on the mouth of the Pijinuiskaq river, learning and failing and learning about how to grow vegetables and keep chickens.
Are you passionate about the arts community in Lunenburg county? Do you want to make a difference in artist’s lives? If you have an interest in the arts, and want to support your local artistic community, come and volunteer with us.