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Ross Creek is a part of a larger organisation, CoastArts Association, which has a board of directors, along with an honorary board which advises management of the Centre.
Members of the Association are welcome to put their names forward as volunteers for the board of the directors. Elections to the board are made annually at the General Meeting, held generally within 90 days of our fiscal year end, March 31. Become a member.
His Honour Brigadier-General, The Honourable J.J. Grant
CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
John James Grant was installed as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia on April 12, 2012.
Born in New Glasgow, His Honour holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Mount Allison University and is also a Registered Industrial Accountant.
In addition to an active business life as co-owner of J.J. Grant Ltd Castle Building Centre, His Honour was a long serving member of Her Majesty’s Canadian Forces. Rising to the rank of Brigadier-General, His Honour served in his final positions as Commander of Atlantic Militia Area and then as Chief of Staff Reserves for the Canadian Army.
In 1979, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Military Merit and was subsequently promoted to Commander of the Order. Following his retirement from the Canadian Forces he went on to serve as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of both the 1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North) and the 2nd Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (Cape Breton).
His Honour is married to Her Honour, Mrs. Joan Grant. They have four adult children, one of whom is deceased, and five grandchildren.
Choreographer, Officer of the Order of Canada
As a dancer, choreographer and artistic director, James Kudelka has consistently explored uncharted, creative territory. While studying at the National Ballet School, he amassed an impressive vocabulary of steps and connections and continued to hone his skills while ascending from the ballet’s corps to the role of soloist. Gifted with an innate ability to craft unique and resplendent works that blend classical and modern dance into new-age masterpieces, he has earned a place at the pinnacle of his profession and in the hearts of dance lovers around the world. © Cylla Von Tiedemann
George Eliot Clarke
Writer, Officer of the Order of Canada
A writer of courage and conviction, George Elliott Clarke has reclaimed the voices of his ancestors and introduced their stories into contemporary Canadian literature. As a poet, novelist and scholar, he relates the cultural and historical experiences of African-Nova Scotians with provocative, lyrical and rich language. Also a professor at the University of Toronto, he has been instrumental in establishing African-Canadian literature as a field of study. His profound connection to Nova Scotia extends to his volunteer work with local schools, where he is influencing and mentoring the next generation of writers. ©1992, Julie Morin
Visual Artist, Companion of the Order of Canada
Since her first exhibition in 1967, this accomplished artist has had many solo and group shows throughout the country and abroad. Her evocative works, styled in the contemporary genre of photorealism, can be found in many important private and public collections around the world. Constantly exploring new avenues of creative expression, her more recent mixed media creations employ metaphors to highlight the human experience. Further to her artistic endeavours, she has participated generously in the public life of the country through her involvement on provincial and national advisory boards and task forces.
Visual Artist, Member Of The Mi’kmaq Nation
Mi’kmaq artist Alan Syliboy is the grandson of Rachel Marshall, the first woman to become a band chief on a Canadian First Nations reserve. He developed a love of drawing at an early age which led him to study with New Brunswick artist Shirley Bear. Bear became his mentor and spiritual guide. His formal training includes study at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Syliboy resides with his three children on the Millbrook Reserve in Nova Scotia where he was born and raised. Syliboy’s art is influenced by the petroglyphs and folklore of his ancestors. He has attained international recognition for his work based on Native legends. His work is found in numerous private and public collections including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the National Indian Art Collection of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. In 1999 he designed the Butterfly Gold Coin for the Royal Canadian Mint.
R. Murray Schafer
R. Murray Schafer is a Canadian composer, writer, music educator and environmentalist perhaps best known for his World Soundscape Project, concern for acoustic ecology, and his book The Tuning of the World (1977). In 1987 he was awarded the first Glenn Gould Prize in recognition of his contributions. In 2005 he was awarded the Walter Carsen Prize, by the Canada Council for the Arts, one of the top honours for lifetime achievement by a Canadian artist. In 2009, he received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
Visual Arts Agent, Retired Board President of CoastArts
Ms. Muttart is a former visual arts agent and businesswoman from Nova Scotia who served for a three years as Board Chair, taking the organisation form a volunteer led board to a professional arts organisation capable of reaching a national and international level.
Ms. Renick was the first volunteer for the organisation, and with a long background in community development, she organised fundraisers and tours for the professional
Former Honorary Patron
Alex Colville, deceased
Visual Artist, Companion of the Order of Canada
A leading Canadian artist who lived in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. As a young war artist in the Second World War he began to develop his distinctive style, which combined precise realism and effective compositions with a subtle expression of his subject-matter – and this in such universal terms that he is internationally recognized as one of the foremost painters of his time. He also contributed notably to the arts in Canada by his teaching and his service on national cultural bodies.
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