Board of Directors

Our board of directors is composed of dedicated business professionals, entrepreneurs, community leaders and alumni from our programs. They contribute their experience, time and talent to ensure good governance, and are hands on leading committees, attending events and supporting where needed when needed. They are the backbone of our team and help our clients and programs thrive.


Catherine Richardson - Chair

Catherine understands first hand the importance of YAC’s mission. An entrepreneur specializing in marketing and social media strategy, and a professional model, Catherine is passionate about supporting young creatives and innovators to lead in creating exciting careers shaping the communities where they live.


Philip Love - Treasurer

Philip contributes to YAC with both his heart and his head. A Senior Manager at Strong & Associates Chartered Professional Accountants Inc., Philip’s financial management skills are second only to his creative business leadership and passion for helping creative talent thrive. You also might see him on the dance floor showing off his salsa moves!


Rose Zack - Secretary

Rose’s brings a wealth of experience growing arts organizations to YAC. Whether it’s supporting the development of young artists through her role as Admissions Coordinator at NSCAD University, or in her former roles as Volunteer/External Relations Manager at the Atlantic Film Fest or as the founder of Nocturne—Halifax Art at Night Festival—Rose’s dedication to Nova Scotia’s creative sector is undeniable.


Rachel Sovka - Member at Large

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Amanda Rose - Campaign Coordinator

Amanda is a fierce believer in the power of connection. In her role as Campaign Coordinator with the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth, she is dedicated to building strong, healthy communities where everyone feels welcome, and is very excited about bringing herdevelopment knowledge to the team here at YAC.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys reading, hiking, travel, and taking in the local music and art scene.  She currently also volunteers with United Way Halifax and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

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