"The engine that drives the train of organizational change."

Governance is the process undertaken by a group of nine (9) individuals (the Board of Directors) who are ultimately accountable to their constituents, and who act as a single entity in a moral and sometimes legal sense to create a single resolution from the different views and values of its peer members. It is a process that focuses on policies to meet the high level, long term goals and needs of the organization (the Association).

Those in a position of governance (Directors) act in a unified way that reaches beyond the views and aspirations of individuals. Members become a Director of the Board of Directors by virtue of the Association's Act and By-Laws.

The current Board members (voted in by the members at the annual general meeting) are:

Cameron DeBaie -  Board Chair (Chair - known as President in the past)
Cameron has been working in the industry for over 8 years as a professional Make-Up Artist and Eyelash Extension Technician.  Cameron graduated from Concepts Career College in 2011, and has worked on several fashion shows and numerous photo shoots with some of Halifax's top photographers and has taught lash extensions with Maritime Beauty for almost four years.

Tracey L. Crawley - Board Co-Chair
Proprietor of Crowning Glory Hair Studio, Tracey been making people look and feel great for over 25 years.
A Master Stylist and educator, Tracey enjoys both working behind the chair and teaching the various aspects of black hair Care in private schools and Nova Scotia Community Colleges (NSCC) throughout the province.
Pat Twast - Director
Pat resides in Newtown NS, where she instructed hairdressing for over 30 years at the NSCC in Port Hawkesbury.

Tanya Baker-D'Arcy - Director
Tanya started her career in cosmetology in 1984 and has been the area supervisor for a local salon chain since 1989.  Tanya holds a Master Instructor licence in hairdressing and esthetics and is a certified Red Seal hairstylist.

Bonnie Williams - Director
Bonnie is a Master Stylist and Educator and has been working in the industry for over 37 years.  Bonnie has been an active member of the Board of Directors for 7 years and is extremely passionate about the industry.   

Angela Burns - Director
Angela Burns, a wife and a Mom to 3 beautiful daughters.  Angela is a Master Cosmetologist Instructor at NSCC Pictou Campus and a proud Association member of 20+ years and counting.

Lisa Silliker
The beauty industry has been my life now for 30 years. I began my career as an esthetician, grew into a salon owner, transitioned to beauty supply sales and education and am now an owner of Elevate Beauty Institute of Cosmetology in New Minas, Nova Scotia. I would describe myself as a leader who is not afraid to voice opinions - but with an open mind, open ears and respectful communication.

Tracy Samson
 Tracy Samson grew up in Cape Breton and continues to reside in Sydney with her husband and two children. Growing up Tracy always knew she loved the industry and wanted to be a cosmetologist. Tracy's family encouraged her to follow her dream and she did! Fulfilling her lifelong dream Tracy became a Cosmetologists and today holds her Master Instructor Licence in hair and esthetics. 

Desiree Couillard
Desiree Couillard is a licensed Master Esthetician with 12 years of experience spanning from British Columbia and Alberta to Nova Scotia. Desiree has succeeded in growing her career by attending interprovincial and international education opportunities. Through the guidance of educators during these events, she was encouraged to become involved in the mentorship program for students in the NSCC Esthetics Program. She has continued her involvement in the esthetics industry by volunteering to be a judge for Skills Canada for two years.
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



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