Meet our Board of Directors
Bio coming soon.
Kim has been a part of the AVHC family for four years. She is the proud Mom of two children who are both active members in the Senior Choir. It took “pitching in” at one event and she was hooked. Over her years of involvement with AVHC, she has helped with the organization of events, chaperoned on trips away, and been both a manager for the Senior Choir and the VP for the Junior Choir at its inception. “AVHC is an amazing organization from the choristers to the parents, leaders and staff.” The choristers, or “her kids”, as she refers to them, “are amazingly gifted singers and individuals. AVHC is more than just about singing it’s about finding acceptance, building friendships, developing confidence and growing to be the best person you can be.”
She is involved in many organizations and committees within the community and her church, and practices as a pharmacist in the Valley.
Heather claims that her best choral training as a youth was the education she received in the AVHC under then director Ross Thompson. Those experiences helped to mold her musical career, and she is thrilled to be back with the organization as Artistic Director. Please read her full bio here.
Ramona Jennex has a passion for music and considers the sound of children singing the best sound in the world. Ramona has been one of the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir’s biggest fans since its inception.
Ramona is aware that being a member of the Honour Choir provides more than the experience of developing musical skills but provides a deep appreciation of being connected to a musical family where everyone strives to sing their best for themselves and each other. The experience of being an Honour Choir member will have a profound impact on each member as they make their journey through life.
After teaching for 30 years with the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, Ramona served as a Member of the Legislature and as a Cabinet Minister. Ramona served in a number of portfolios before serving as the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. During her years of service she was a member of the Treasury Board for Nova Scotia and was the Chair of the Council of Education Ministers Canada (CMEC). Ramona retired in 2014 and is happy to dedicate herself to projects and organizations she has a passion for and where she feels she can make a meaningful contribution. She is President of the Board of Directors for Tourette Canada and a volunteer with many organizations including the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Ramona is an alumni parent for the Honour Choir with all of her children alumni choristers and is a proud grandparent of a Junior Choir chorister. She is honoured to serve as a Member of the Board.
Tim Callahan-Cross, is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and the Banff Centre Arts Management Program. As an arts administrator and volunteer he has provided sound management and helped to develop and maintain successful programs and services for our vibrant choral community. He is currently the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation. Prior to working with the federation he owned and operated the acclaimed Halifax restaurant Café Quelque Chose which was reviewed and recommended annually in “Where to Eat in Canada” Canada’s national restaurant guide and was selected as one of Canada’s 100 best restaurants by “Enroute Magazine”.
As an adoptive parent Mr. Callahan-Cross has completed Pride Training through Family and Children Services, and regularly attends seminars on child behaviour, and care. He is frequently asked to present on adoption panels as part of the Pride Training for perspective adoptive and foster parents.
Tim has served on juries for Arts Nova Scotia and the Cultural Division of Communities, Culture and Heritage. He has served as a volunteer on committees and boards of several local choirs as well as the Mocean Dance, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, the YMCA, the Family Pride Camping Association, AVASP Care and the Kinap Community Centre. Currently he is treasurer of the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia, a board member of Choral Canada and chair of the National Youth Choir Committee, and on the board of the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir and Nova Voce. Tim makes his home in Halifax with his husband Thomas and sons Bruno, Jamal and Ty. He has enjoyed singing with a few local community choirs and currently sings with Nova Voce.
Bio coming soon.
Jen came to Nova Scotia 15 years ago to work for Acadia University as the Director of the Institute for Teaching and Technology. Since then she married, had two wonderful children, Sarah and Matthew, and has settled permanently in this beautiful part of the world. Jen joined colleagues from Acadia who launched Red Letter Philanthropy Counsel 8 years ago to help non-profit organizations develop their fundraising capacity. Red Letter serves clients across Canada in all non-profit sectors. Like her children, Jen loves singing and community theatre and has been involved in the Acadia University Chorus, Women of Wolfville and Fezziwig. She has served on the Boards of Mermaid Theatre, the Friends of the Kentville Library and Uncommon Common Art.
Jim Fyfe moved back to Wolfville with his wife and family in 2009 (He is an Acadia Alumni!). He has been a fan of musical theatre since experiencing a group of octogenarian British ex-pats perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in the tiny village of Fuengirola on the Costa Del Sol in 1986! Like many, he is now besotted with Hamilton. After multiple jobs ranging from chambermaid in Athens to Bartender in London to Superintendent of the Customs and Excise Drug enforcement unit in Halifax, Jim is now a Senior Crown Attorney in Kentville.
Jim has two children both of whom love to sing and are proud members of the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir. Jim volunteered to be a chaperone with the junior choir on their trip to Vancouver in 2015 and was impressed not only with the choir, but with the commitment, passion and excellent work of the team behind the Choir. He hopes to be able to do his part to keep the Choir moving forward (and upward!)."
Since returning to Nova Scotia, after completing her graduate studies at University of Toronto, Paula Rockwell has been steeped in musical projects, performances and music festivals in her home province, Canada and the US. She teaches Applied Voice, Diction for Singers, Scene Studies and the Singing Actor at her alma mater Acadia University and creates productions for Acadia’s Singing Theatre Ensemble where she is the Artistic Director. She adjudicates music festivals on the Provincial and National level and gives clinics/masterclasses on the topic of vocal pedagogy, interpretation and stage craft. She has been featured on several recordings and co-produced her debut CD entitled Fleeting Melodies, a collection of 20th century art songs and arias. Paula is heard every summer giving masterclasses, vocal warm-up morning sessions and a recital in Lyman, New Hampshire at The Ogontz Choral Symposium.
She sang the alto solo in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Symphony New Brunswick in May 2014 and will be performed it again in Fredericton, NB in April 2016. This May, Paula will be the mezzo-soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Chorus of Westerly, RI and in August, performing a recital in New London, NH with American collaborative pianist, Geoffrey Wieting.