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Our Board

Anne-Marie
President

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.

Lynn Wiseman
Secretary

A few years back during a trip to Puerto Vallarta my childhood friend Anne took me along on a visit to RISE. I was glad to see how happy and well cared for the children seemed to be, however I thought that there was still more that could be done. As a mother of three boys, I have a personal understanding of what these children need to develop into healthy young adults.

Shortly after that I was invited to join the Canadian Children’s Shelter of Hope Foundation’s board as a member and their secretary. The rest is history. Since that first visit I have returned to Puerto Vallarta annually to help in any way I can. Through this work I have gotten to know the children and staff at Pasitos de Luz, Casa Connor and met many others involved in these wonderful organizations. I anxiously await my return next year when I can once again contribute to the lives of these children.

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.

Chiara Tassone-Cousineau
Board member

Chiara’s first professional charity post was working as President and later, Executive Director of a mental health organization in Toronto in 1997.

After several successful years with the charity, Chiara moved on to management in Psychiatry. Having bore witness to the passion of a colleague who was channeling efforts to create a Canadian foundation for children in Mexico , Chiara became involved with CCSHF in 2009.

Chiara continues to progress her passion for advocating for society’s most vulnerable, with enthusiasm for getting things done.