Since 1993, the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore raised necessary funds to enhance and improve the quality of health care services and equipment at South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater and Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg.

These two hospitals are crucial to Nova Scotia’s South Shore, delivering care to approximately 100,000 people and receiving over 200,000 visits annually.

Donors can give through the Health Services Foundation to meet the needs of the hospitals; the Foundation prides itself in being accountable to its donors and its community. Gifts can be designated to a specific program or service. Assuring the wishes of a donor are carried out is a responsibility the Foundation takes very seriously.

The affairs of the Foundation are guided by a Board of Directors, composed of volunteers with diverse interests, expertise and backgrounds from various South Shore communities.

Foundations are an important part of Nova Scotia’s health system, not only for their financial support, but also for the link they provide between hospitals and the community. The relationship is based on trust, good will, and a mutual desire to help.

Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission

The Health Services Foundation of the South Shore supports the South Shore Regional Hospital and Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital and associated sites within Lunenburg County by raising funds for enhanced health care.

Our Vision

To inspire our community to make the Health Services Foundation (HSFSS) its charity of choice and provide donors with the opportunities to invest in health care for themselves, their families, and future generations.

Our Values

We are committed to the health and well-being of our communities through ethical fundraising, exemplary stewardship, and recognition of our donors.

Nick Saunders (Chair)
Janice Tanner-Ernst (Vice Chair)
Eric Whynot (Past Chair)
Jeff Sabean (Treasurer)
Tina Grace (Secretary)
Mildred Royer
Dr. Heather Robertson
Tena Fleet
Brent Aitken
Benjamin Carver
Ben Anderson
Pam Kennedy
Lynn Farrell
Dr. Greg McNally
Gretchen Gerhardt
Arleen Stevens,
Executive Director

Arleen Stevens has been the Executive Director of the Health Services Foundation since 2002. Arleen comes from a fundraising background having worked for Saint Mary’s University, The IWK Foundation and The Abilities Foundation. Her role with the Health Services Foundation has expanded to include Major Gifts Development and Planned Giving.

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Alison Clements,
Manager - Strategic Engagement

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Alison has made the South Shore her home. Joining the Health Services Foundation in 2016 as Development Officer, she is now the Manager of Strategic Engagement. She has a broadcasting background; a career that has included working for several radio stations throughout the Maritimes, including CKBW and Country 100.7.

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Danielle McCarthy,
Finance Officer

For a love of the ocean and a connection to a vibrant community, Danielle resides in the beautiful Petite Riviere, Nova Scotia. She has joined the team in January of 2018 as Database Finance Officer – now Finance Officer. With a passion for working in the not for profit sector and meaningfully impacting community members she looks forward to serving you.

Marta Selassie,
Capital Campaign Coordinator

Marta joined the Health Services Foundation team in January 2021 as the Capital Campaign Coordinator for the upcoming ER Redevelopment Project. She comes from a background as a department manager in municipal government. After 19 years in the Yukon, Marta and her family relocated to Nova Scotia to be closer to family. She is looking forward to serving the community and raising her children on the South Shore.

Melissa Patterson,
Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Melissa joined the Health Services Foundation team in January 2021 as the Executive Assistant/Office Manager. From the Noel Shore to the South Shore, Melissa has been working with South Shore Regional Hospital for the past 16 years and recently took on this new role to help create a more positive and meaningful impact on the community that she now calls home.