Our Members

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers, a native of Parrsboro, NS, received her Bachelor of Music Education degree at Acadia University in 1983. Jackie then continued her studies at the University of Toronto where she received an Artist's Diploma in Voice.

Since returning to Nova Scotia, she has taught all ages in various schools throughout the province where she was a choir and band director for both school and community organizations.

In 2011, Jackie retired after 20 years as Artistic Director of the Aeolian Singers. Her years with the Aeolians were characterized by developing innovative programs and partnerships with a variety of Nova Scotian and Canadian artists, seeking out music which specifically provided a voice for women. Jackie wanted to make music with women in her own community, so she, along with a few others, started Creative Voices.

Now, recently retired from her position as Guidance Counselor, Jackie is delighted to be focusing more of her time exploring performance opportunities with the women of Creative Voices. When not at rehearsal, Jackie can be found at her cottage or spending time with her two favourite people; Ross and Cecelia, and their three dogs.( Colby Ethel and Grace)

Sandra MacAulay Thompson

Sandra MacAulay Thompson began playing piano at age 6. She grew up in Dartmouth, NS, where she also played flute and French horn, and eventually received her Grade X in Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Sandra took a break from music to study engineering at Acadia and TUNS, and practised engineering until the birth of her first child in 2006. At that time, she decided to stay at home with her children and return to the musical world. While her kids were young Sandra taught private piano lessons and worked as the organist for St. Andrew’s United Church in Truro.

Over time, Sandra has gradually moved back into her engineering career and currently works part-time as Lead Engineer/Engineer in Residence in the Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Sandra is married to Glenn and they have three children: Sappho, Molly Maelle and Oscar. Her current musical pursuits largely involve helping her kids with their own piano, choir and band practising, as well as her role as Accompanist for Creative Voices. Being a part of the Creative Voices tapestry provides her with immense joy and gratitude.

Choir Members

First Sopranos

Courtney Baldo 
Courtney is a Landscape Planning intern for the Department of Lands and Forestry in Truro. She has a passion for protecting wildlife and volunteers in the community with local organizations. Her hobbies include making jewelry, gardening, volleyball, belly dancing and singing any chance she gets. Music is therapeutic and can heal, belting out a tune can be the best form of freedom.
Melanie Grant
Music has been a part of Melanie's life for as long as she can remember. She's been in choirs since she was a child and has always enjoyed making beautiful sounds with a group. Even now, after years and years of singing, the right piece, with the right voices can still bring her to tears.
Adele Kinley
Adele is retired from Bell Aliant after 34 years.  She has been happily married for 36 years. She has two children, Allyson and Ryan and fur baby Jazzy an 11 year old Jack Russell. She enjoys singing, sewing and time in Lochaber at trailer and spending time with family.
Jennifer MacEachern
Jen is a CVT member of six years. She enjoys singing and harmonizing with her choir sisters. Jen works as a recreation coordinator and loves life with her boyfriend and her two cats.
Natasha MacLean
Natasha's love, time and energy are primarily dedicated to children as a mother to four, foster parent and owner/operator of a small childcare business.  In her elusive spare time Natasha enjoys reading, singing, and a quiet cup of tea.  Natasha lives with her husband Paul and family on a small acreage outside Truro where they are working to raise and grow some of their own food in a sustainable manner and striving to reduce their carbon footprint.
Lydia Negus
Lydia is a resource and visual arts teacher for the Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education. Her hobbies include, creating art, singing, playing the guitar, perusing social media, shopping and traveling. She has been happily married for two years, and is the proud fur mama to a beautiful cream point Himalayan cat, Willow. Lydia considers herself a life-long learner and lover of all things musical.
Sonya Parks
Sonya sings soprano 1 and has been with CVT since it started . Married for 31 years and has a son and daughter. Recently retired and enjoying life!!
Mary Piers
Mary is a teacher with the CCRCE and lives at home with her partner, Darren, and their cat, Tulo. She has been a member of Creative Voices since the beginning and loves singing with her choir sisters. Her hobbies include singing, playing tennis, and reading. Any free time she has you will find her hanging out with her family and friends.

Second Soprano

Janine Boutilier
Jann has been a member of the choir since it began. A mom of two grown children, Jann spends a lot of her time volunteering and participating in community events. Jann is a huge fan of live music and attends many music festivals, concerts and shows around the province.  Her other hobbies include biking, running, swimming, hiking and gardening.  
Tanya Dondale
Tanya is a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant at Fyidoctors Truro. She is married to her best friend and is the proud mother of one. When she isn't singing, Tanya enjoys reading, painting, writing and yoga. Tanya joined Creative Voices in 2017 and loves the sense of community and connection that comes from making music with others. 
Jessica Fleming
Jessica is a Social Worker and works as a Care Coordinator with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Music has always been part of her life. She has fond memories of performing in her high  school jazz band at South Colchester Academy. This is her first year with  creative voices. Jessica enjoys running, shopping and spending time with friends and family; especially her two year old niece. 
Cara Kirkpatrick
Originally from Alberta, Cara moved to Nova Scotia almost 20 years ago and she is happy to now call Truro home. She is married with one daughter and two grown-up stepdaughters. She is a research project manager and she loves travel as well as natural history, camping, canoeing and many other outdoor pursuits. Cara loves to see live music of all types and is happy to have the chance to participate as a performer with Creative Voices.
Theresa MacKinnon
Theresa is an English teacher at Hants East Rural High School. She has been married to Jeff for 19 years and together they have five children. Her hobbies include singing, exercising, and spending time with friends and family. She has been a member of Creative Voices since its inception in 2011. 
Erica Nielsen
Erica grew up singing and making music alongside her mother, Lori.  She has been fortunate to gain choral experience through CEC Jazz choir, Dal Russian Choir, Nova Scotia Tattoo Choir and a local women’s group, Village Blend.  When not singing, Erica enjoys attempting to make pottery, reading and playing trumpet.
Cecelia White
Cecelia White is a grade 12 student at Cobequid Educational Centre. Cecelia has enjoyed singing with Creative Voices for the past three years, and is looking forward to the year ahead. Her hobbies include debating, playing trombone, and volunteering. Cecelia looks forward to singing with Creative Voices each week, and creating friendships with some amazing women in the Truro area. 

First Altos

Michelle DeCoff
Michelle is a teacher with the CCRCE, teaching junior high English Language Arts and Healthy Living. She enjoys reading a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, watching Netflix and spending time with friends and family. This is Michelle’s first year with Creative Voices and she is happy to be focused on singing in a choir again. 
Stephanie Isenor-Ryan
Stephanie is a teacher with the Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education who currently works as the Director of Programs & Student Services.  She and her partner, Brenda, have one daughter who attends university.  Stephanie grew up playing Bluegrass, Oldtime and Gospel music in their multi-generational family band, The Pioneers.  Other past choral experiences include being a member of The Aeolian Singers (Halifax) and Evensong (East Hants).  Stephanie also enjoys directing the choir at Valley United Church.
Lori Logue
Lori has been with the Chignecto-Central Region for almost 30 years supporting programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In 2013 she founded the Truro Chapter of Autism NS and heads-up the annual community fundraiser Walk the Walk. During the summer when she is not enjoying the beauty of Shortt’s Lake, she works as a Sous Chef to her son, who owns and operates a local food truck, Waffles On My Mind. Lori has sung in choirs her entire life. She has come to rely on music’s soothing power to help manage whatever life throws at us.
Lori Nielsen
Lori retired from a 36 year career in finance in 2016 and is currently working part time at FYidoctors in Truro.  She and her husband have been married for 38 years, with two amazing daughters and two incredibly amazing grandchildren.  Music is a big part of her life and brings her much joy.  She's been involved in church choirs from a young age, as well as school band programs.  Lori currently plays trumpet in various bands in the New Horizon band program as well as being part of a singing quartet.  Creative Voices is the first all female group Lori has been involved with and she very much enjoys continuing to learn and being part of such a wonderful sound with such a gifted group of women.
Joye Sears
Joye is an Instructor in the Veterinary Technology program at Dalhousie University and shares her life with an amazing man and his son (as well as two cats, a bearded dragon, and too many fish).  In her “free” time she sings, directs plays, and attends Zumba classes.  Joye is so grateful for the opportunity to make music with a dynamic group of talented, powerful women!

Second Altos

Jennifer Aucoin
Jennifer is a Math & Science teacher recently returned from working overseas, and she is enjoying rediscovering Truro with her family. Her hobbies include reading, sewing, piano and guitar.
Stephanie Boertjes
Stephanie is an educator with Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education.  She began singing in choirs as a teenager and is one of the founding members of Creative Voices.
Nicole Lennerton
Nicole is a founding member of Creative Voices and has enjoyed singing with the group, on and off, for four years. She is a proud wife and mother. After graduating from the NSAC, Nicole obtained her Bachelor of Education and is now teaching in the Truro area. Creative Voices has allowed Nicole to continue with her love of singing while building meaningful relationships and connections with an amazing group of women. 
Lori Mackey
Singing has been an important part of Lori's life since childhood.  She has sung with various choirs over the years and has been with Creative Voices since its' inception.  She currently sings with the Alto 2's, as she is quite comfortable in the lower register.  Lori also enjoys spending time with her two children, being out and about in nature and challenging herself to learn new things.
Lorraine MacPherson
Lorraine has been living in Truro and participating in many musical genres for over 32 years. Married with two children, the household has seen a drummer, trumpeter, saxophonist and guitar and  mandoline player. When Lorraine is not making music you can find her on the tennis courts and hockey arenas which she now has more time for having recently retired from teaching. 
Rene Wall
René is a Web Application Developer with the provincial government, and has been happily married for 26 years and together they have five kitties LOL. Her hobbies include reading, crafting, and singing. Her passion is to sing in groups and to hear the harmonies blend and to share the joy of music together.