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Our Board


I have been visiting Puerto Vallarta since 1995, initially working with the Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza and Pasitos de Luz. After becoming involved with RISE, I saw a need for a Canadian foundation that would be able to contribute time and donations to disadvantaged children living in the Bay of Banderas.  We have been fulfilling our goal of assisting children to have happier and healthier lives since 2007. In my other life, I am a Registered Nurse in a busy ER of a Toronto hospital.

LarsJan Aberg M.

I approached CCSHF for the first time 10 years ago when I was working as a volunteer in the Altruism Festival in Puerto Vallarta, I got to know Anne Marie and her foundation, and saw the amazing job CCSHF was doing connecting generous caring Canadians with charities in the Banderas Bay area, improving the life of so many children. I was also shocked to see how much will the Canadian community had in taking an active part to help in our communities development.

This inspired me to take action and to be an asset in CCSHF activities; As a Mexican, and more importantly as a PV Local, I can see in situ how all the help is implemented on a daily basis and have real-time feedback on all the children’s needs. It’s nice to feel that I can be helpful with my community, meeting such great humans beings on the way.

Nancy Souter
Board member

I have known Anne-Marie Haynes and her husband Cullen for many, many years. My father and Anne-Marie’s father along with Cullen all worked for the Ministry of Transportation in Toronto, Canada. It’s from this association that I have learned about the Refugio. After seeing many pictures sent by Anne-Marie I decided to help in any way that I could. After introducing both Anne-Marie and Lynn to a couple of accountants to assist with the foundation , I saw the need to do more myself than simply contribute financially.

As a financial planner I am aware of the many ways that donors can contribute to charities and hope that my expertise in this area will help assist the Canadian Children’s Shelter of Hope Foundation to grow. As a mother of two girls and the stepmom of a handicapped stepdaughter I understand the need to help young children that are not as fortunate as mine. I look forward to making a difference.