Board Members

Dary Jessome

Chair and Corporate Secretary

Dary Jessome joined the Nocturne team in 2014 and is responsible for corporate governance, contract management, insurance, and risk management. Dary is a lawyer, practising corporate and commercial law with a focus on energy law. He is also the acting chair. 

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Diana Walsh


Originally from Newfoundland, Diana came to Nova Scotia in 2000 to attend Dalhousie University to get her Bachelor of Commerce degree. Diana obtained her CPA,CA in 2009 and currently works in public accounting with a local firm specializing in taxation.  Diana has been a loyal attendee of Nocturne since its inception and is excited to be involved in this project. In her free time, Diana enjoys time with her German Shepard, Talia and camping across the Maritimes.

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Stephen Pamenter

Director (Human Resources)

Born and raised in Halifax and currently a partner in a recruitment agency in Halifax, Stephen is active in the local sports community and as a volunteer for Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia.  He holds a Certified Human Resource Professional designation (CHRP), and serves as Chair of the Board of the Human Resource Association of Nova Scotia (HRANS). Stephen is also a Board Member with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada (CPHR Canada) and serves on a Human Resources committee for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax

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Wynne Van Thielen

Director (Marketing)

Wynne has over 10 years of experience in client services and marketing roles and received her Bachelor of Public Relations and Certificate in Marketing from Mount Saint Vincent University. As Account Director at VERB Interactive, Wynne manages digital marketing projects from concept to implementation. In her free time, she can be found exploring hiking trails around the province with her dogs and trying to keep her cool in the hot yoga room.

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Gabriel Soligo

Director (At Large)

Gabriel is a student at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where he studies Intermedia and Fashion/Textiles. Originally from Ontario, Gabriel has found a home in Canada’s east coast arts communities—he relishes in Halifax’s artist run centres, co-ops, and galleries. He is experienced in facilitating conferences and events with artists, he has also been part of the NSCAD Student Union’s Executive Council for the past two years serving the last one as president.

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Yeha Ahn

Director (Volunteers)

Yeha is one of the newest additions to Nocturne, joining the board this year. After moving to Nova Scotia from Seoul, South Korea she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from NSCAD University. With a deep interest in arts, education and publishing, Yeha has worked with a variety of non-profit and volunteer organizations like The Center for Book Arts, Frontier College, Magnetic North Theatre Festival and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. When she has free time, Yeha enjoys travelling, and spending time with her greyhound Stan.

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Brianne Bezanson

Director (Communications)

Brianne joined the Halifax Nocturne team in 2016 after many years of being an enthusiastic Nocturne attendee. She comes with an extensive background researching feminist literature, completing her B.A.(H) at Mount Saint Vincent University, and M.A. at Dalhousie University. She has over 8 years of business management experience and is currently the Concession Development Coordinator at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, working with current business partners to strategically increase revenues and customer satisfaction. Brianne can usually be found drinking hot espresso & tea beverages while enjoying a Joseph Boyden novel and playing board games.   

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Staff Members

Lindsay Ann Cory

Executive Director

Lindsay Ann Cory received her BFA and MA in Art History from Concordia University in Montreal where she focused on public art practices, social agency through the arts, and graffiti and street art. In 2013 Lindsay joined the Nocturne Board as Director-at-Large and from 2014-January 2017 she held the position of Chair.  Alongside Nocturne she has worked at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts as Community Events and Programming Coordinator, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects as Communications Director, and most recently, The Coast, Halifax’s Weekly as Events and Promotion Manager. 

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