AVHC President
 

Kim Sweet

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. 


Past President

Krista Laing

Having had singers for 6 years in the AVHC, who have now gone on to become AVHC alumni; Krista continues to volunteer as a board member for the organization.  Having experience in the not for profit and charitable sectors, Krista believes strongly in giving back to your community.  Having served on the Nova Scotia Volunteer Advisory Council, Krista helped develop an action plan to help strengthen and increase the profile of volunteerism in our province.   Krista is the AVHC’s biggest cheerleader and can often be found receiving hugs from our many choristers.  She is very proud to be a part of an organization that provides our talented musical youth an opportunity to be challenged and be with those like-minded individuals throughout the Annapolis Valley.


Heather Fraser

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.

Artistic Director


Jennifer Bolt

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.

VP Senior Choir


Christina Mercer

Christina is a family physician practicing in the Valley in Berwick for 14 years. She has been involved in numerous health related committees and projects. She had also been involved in Minor Basketball in Kings County. She became involved with AVHC in 2014 when her daughter joined the Junior choir. She had been volunteering with AVHC in several capacities since co-leading the Sweets for the Sweet event, attending Junior Choir BC trip, and this year as VP for the Junior Choir.  "Honour Choir is a wonderful place of camaraderie, self development and acceptance for youth. I have really enjoyed working with such a passionate group of youth and artistic staff and a wonderful group of parents."

VP Junior Choir


Tim Callahan-Cross

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.

Treasurer


Kelly Lipton

Kelly has been with AHVC as a parent volunteer, since the inception of the “Junior Choir” in 2013.   She currently serves on the board, holding the position of secretary. In previous years she has co-managed the Junior Choir, hosted choristers from BC, helped out with chaperoning and with various fund raising activities. Kelly works as a Financial Consultant in Kentville.

Secretary


Postion Open

The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir (AVHC) is seeking applications from interested parties for the volunteer position of Marketing/Communications on their Board of Directors, beginning June 2017. 

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Marketing/
Communications


Paula Rockwell

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.

 

Ramona Jennex

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.

 

Jim Fythe

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 HamiltonAfter 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!)."

Member at Large