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.

The next deadline for grant applications is May 31, 2023.

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

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Board of Directors

Sheila Woodcock - President
Mimi Findlay - Vice President
Diana Leszczynski - Secretary
Letty McFall
Rick Silas
Alison Smith


PO Box 1911
Lunenburg NS B0J 2C0



The Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts will be accepting the next round of applications for grants again by May 31, 2023. There will not be an October grant offering in 2022. Details of how to apply and 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.


Letty McFall

Professional Work:
Initiated, managed and promoted a broad variety 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, developing curriculum for the University of Alberta Women's Centre.

Arts Business:
Letisha McFall Studio (Alberta), a textile based fine craft practice creating commissioned pieces with an international clientele.

Board Member:
Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers, Heritage Interpretation International, Second Story Women's Centre, Lunenburg's Welcome Committee.

Presently retired and committed to strengthening the unique cultural history and character of the Town of Lunenburg and County.


Laurie Swim

Laurie Swim is a Portia White Prize winner, Nova Scotia's foremost fine art award. Her works grace public and private collections including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, City of Toronto, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

Laurie has created eight monumental community quilt projects with volunteers including The Lunenburg Heritage Story Quilt (2003); The Black Loyalists of Birchtown (2005) and Hope and Survival, The Halifax Explosion 1917 (2017).

She has written four books, The Joy of Quilting with an Introduction by Alex Colville, 1984, Quilting, 1991, Rags to Riches:The Quilt as Art, introduction by artist Mary Pratt, 2007, Hope and Survival, a Story of the Halifax Explosion, introduction by actress Jane Alexander, 2017.


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.


Diana Leszczynski

A new arrival in beautiful Nova Scotia, 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.





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.