How Committees are Chosen
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 or the Commitee Chair, recommendations are presented to the Board of Directors, (no decisions are made by a Committee, since it is the role of the Board of Directors to make the final decision.)
  • Committee members are approved at the first Board meeting after each AGM.
  • All committees end when work is completed


  • Pat Twast (Chair)
  • Dana Sharkey (Executive Director)
  • Gail Slaunwhite (Financial Administrator)
  • Cameron DeBaie
  • Tracy Samson
  • Pat Twast
  • Angela Burns
  • Tracy Samson
  • Tanya Baker D'Arcy
  • Tracey Crawley - (Co-Chair - Board Director)
  • Tara Taylor
  • Pearl Ejelike
  • Kelly Simmonds
  • Martina Brooks
  • Bannita Farmer
  • Princess Octavious
  • TBD
  • Jocelyn Melanson
  • Dana Sharkey
  • Tracy Samson
  • Kayln Dwyer
  • Kenny Malcolm-MacAulay
  • Olivia Belliveau
  • Jon MacNeil (Chair) - Cape Breton
  • Tanya D'Arcy Baker – HRM
  • Tracey Crawley – HRM
  • Angela Burns - NSCC, Pictou
  • Pat Twast - Apprenticeship Instructor
  • Dana Sharkey - Cosmetology Association
  • Bobbi Brooks - Cosmetology Association
  • Lisa Silliker - New Minas
  • Apprenticeship Personnel

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 continued until 2020 (the program is now closed to new apprentices). There were 8 apprentices working towards certification in 8 salons through the two-year period. 

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Update 2021 - The partnership continues with a 2nd Apprenticeship Hairstylist pilot program. https://www.nscosmetology.ca/students/apprenticeship-pilot
Registration closed March 31, 2021.

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
33 Thornhill Drive, Unit 201. 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