How are committees choosen.
The Association’s Committees are work groups established by the Board of Directors that serve as an advisory group and are selected from a slate of volunteers.  The Association’s Committees are comprised of individuals with pertinent skills, knowledge and expertise, selected by the Chairperson.

  • The Chair of the Committee presents the Committee’s final report to the Board of Directors via the Executive Director and explains and recommends the options available, (no decisions are made by a Committee, since it is the role of the Board of Directors to make the final decision.)

1. FINANCE COMMITTEE (Standing Committee)

Pat Twast (Committee Chair)
Lisa Silliker  (Board Director)
Dana Sharkey (Executive Director)
Cameron DeBaie (Board Chair)
Gail Slaunwhite (Staff advisor - finance)

2. HR COMMITTEE (Standing Committee)
Tanya Baker (Board Director)
Tracey Crawley (Board Co-chair)
Tracy Samson (Board Director)


Ian Marc Smith (Chair)
Michele LeBlanc
Cheryl Butler - Berkeley

4. REVIEW COMMITTEE (Current members, unless otherwise noted)
Jon MacNeil (Chair)
Jocelyn Melanson
Vicki Bond -LeBlanc

In 2016, the Cosmetology Association formed a partnership with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. Subsequently, a Hairstylist Apprenticeship TAC was formed in 2017, with the Hairstylist Apprenticeship pilot project beginning in March 2018. The program will continue until 2020 (the program is now closed to new apprentices). There are 8 apprentices working towards certification in 8 salons through the two-year period. 
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Cosmetology Association (NS)
126 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, NS  B3S 1A2

Hours of Operation
Monday 8:30 - 4:30
Tuesday 8:30 - 4:30
Wednesday 8:30 - 4:30
Thursday 8:30 - 4:30
Friday 8:30 - 3:00

*Holiday or Weather closures/cancellations will be noted in the Calendar
Office: (902)468-6477
Fax: (902)468-7147
Toll Free: (800)765-8757

General Inquiries

Provincial Exam Information

Executive Director
Dana Sharkey, CAE



Academy of Cosmetology
Hair, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry
363 Windmill Road, Dartmouth

Cape Breton Business College
Hair, Esthetics
93 Johnston Street, Sydney

CBBC - Halifax
Hair, Esthetics
1046 Barrington Street, Halifax
Eastern College
Makeup Artistry
7067 Chebucto Road, Halifax

Eastern Esthetics
Nail Technology, Hair Removal, Eyelash Enhancements.
19 Crane Lake Drive, Halifax

Hair Design Centre
Hair, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry
278 Lacewood Drive, Halifax
Hair Masters
Hair, Esthetics, Nail Technology
26 Archibald Ave., North Sydney

Elevate Beauty Institute of Cosmetology
Hair, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Lash Technician
77 Crescent Drive, New Minas

NSCC Annapolis Campus
50 Elliott Road, Middleton
NSCC Burridge Campus
Hair, Esthetics, Nail Technology
372 Pleasant Street, Yarmouth

NSCC Marconi Campus
1240 Grand Lake Road, Sydney

NSCC Pictou Campus
39 Acadia Avenue, Stellarton