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The Hants Shore Community Health Centre provides a broad range of services and programs to the Community.

The Health Centre is Open:
Monday 8am - 4pm
Tuesday 8am - 8pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 1pm

Family Physicians

Physician services are provided to residents of the Hants Shore by Family Physicians Dr. Michael Cussen and Dr. Judy Kazimirski. Call to make an appointment.

Dr. Michael Cussen
Family Physician

I have worked at the Health centre for over 30 years. I have always enjoyed working closely with the others at the Centre as well as the Board. I lived on the shore for 17 years and was proud to have raised my children here. Over the years I have been involved in many health promotion projects and continue to believe that local health promotion projects are one of the most important determinants of health.

Dr. Judy Kazimirski
Family Physician

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Our Staff

Tim & Shirley Lake
Cleaning Services

Shirley and Tim have worked for approximately 5 years at the HSCHC doing janitorial work. They feel fortunate to be able to work within the community, in an environment that is warm and friendly. They enjoy spending time with their family, going for walks, and the outdoors. They feel the HSCHC is a great asset to our rural communities, as it offers many services to the residents here.

Kimberly Brown
Senior Medical Office Manager


Pam Spencer

I have worked at the Hants Shore Community Health Centre since 2005 as part-time receptionist. My full-time employment is with the NSHA at Hants Community Hospital in Diagnostic Imaging where I work as a Secretary. I have lived on the Shore since 1990. During my free time I am a volunteer firefighter/medical first responder with the Summerville and District Volunteer Fire Department. I also enjoy walking and spending time with my family and friends.

Melissa Wilson
Nursery School Teacher

Melissa has been employed at the Hants Shore Health Centre since September 2007. She is an Early Childhood Educator at Bo-peeps Nursery School within the Health Centre. She provides preschool children from the ages of 3- 5 years old an opportunity to socialize, learn to be independent and develop school readiness skills in a fun and nourishing environment. Melissa has been working with children since graduating with her Early Childhood Education in 1999. Melissa is involved with the Parents Group at Dr. Arthur Hines School and the Let's Read Program. She enjoys photography, scrapbooking and being a mom. Working at the Hants Shore Health Centre gives her the opportunity to give back to the community. It is rewarding to watch the children grow, develop and move onto their next big milestone of going to "big" school, as well as to develop lasting friendships with the families.

Jean Crawford
Community Engagement Coordinator

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Blood Collection Services

FREE Blood collection for patients of the Health Centre by appointment only. Blood collection clinics are available most Monday mornings between 9 and 10am. Please specify if appointment is for non-fasting blood collection as patients who must fast will be seen first.

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Health Promotion Programs

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Active Kids

This program offers free recreation activities to all students of DAHES, addressing the issues of fitness and childhood obesity. Jean Crawford, Active Living Facilitator and Amy Ross, plan and supervise activities both during school hours and after school, with the aim of achieving daily physical activity for all students. Home-schooled children are welcome to attend the after school program; please contact the school at 902-633-6300. Funding is from GFL (Green For Life), Municipality of West Hants, West Hants Uniacke Community Health Board and the Health Centre.

Learning for Life Youth Program

The purpose of this program is to offer youth ages 12 - 18 in our area; (Upper Burlington to Tennecape) learning for life skills. We will offer different activities to give the youth skills that will help them in their jobs, education choices, day to day lives and just a simple knowledge of things that are relevant as they get older and leave their childhood homes. Not only will this program give them skills to be able to do simple tasks, but it will also help with self esteem issues, feel valued and wanted, teach leadership and create a great merger of community and youth.

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Breakfast Program

A joint project of DAHES (Dr. Arthur Hines Elementary School) and the HSCHC, the Breakfast Program supplies a free nutritious breakfast every school morning to an average of 55 students. The Breakfast Program Facilitator, Amy Ross, oversees the program daily. Funding is from Breakfast for Learning, AVRSB Healthy School Community, the Windsor Rotary Clubs Food for Thought Program and community donations.

Harmony Park

The health centre's partnership with Friends of Harmony Park Society continues in order to support this community project which has provided recreation facilities in the form of playground equipment, a bike park, outdoor amphitheater, walking/jogging trail, vegetable garden, outdoor chess/checkers board and a soccer field. The facilities are used by the school as well as the community. During the summer there is a soccer program for children as well as "Family Fun" programs on Sundays. A summer student is hired each year. They run various programs, such as family fun night, movie night, and programs for different age groups, gardening and soccer throughout the summer. Last year Lillie Ryan was our summer student.

Healthy Lunch Program

This joint program offers a healthy lunch for sale to DAHES students and staff 4 days per week throughout the school year. Amy Ross, Healthy Lunch Facilitator, works with grade 6 students to prepare nutritious meals for sale to students and staff. New in September 2010, the salad bar is offered once a week; students learn about food groups and a healthy diet, choose the foods they like and taste test small quantities of new foods. With colorful foods, attractive arrangements and opportunity for choice, the salad bar has been a great hit with students and staff. This program is funded by AVRSB Healthy School Community, the Health Centre and revenues from lunch sales.

School Vegetable Garden

As a result of the Harmony Park project, a vegetable garden was first planted at DAHES in 2004. All DAHES students help to plant the garden in June and then harvest the vegetables in September; the vegetables are used in the healthy lunch program. A vegetable garden is the perfect health promotion project as it requires physical activity and results in healthy food. Volunteers are always appreciated to help with preparing the garden and weeding during the summer!

Seniors Drop-In Centre

As a result of the needs assessment conducted in 2009, the Seniors Drop-In Centre opened in September 2010 at the Centre Burlington Hall every Thursday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Each week there are a variety of activities, including information sessions, music, exercises and lots of time for coffee and socializing. A nutritious and delicious lunch is served at noon for a cost of $10. Joanne Fields is the Drop-In Centre's Facilitator. Funding is from Health Centre, Municipality of West Hants and West Hants Uniacke Community Health Board.

Indoor Walking Groups

Offered one day a week during the winter months at the Summerville Fire hall and Walton Fire hall. For more information contact Jean Crawford at the Health Centre, or email

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Bo-peeps Nursery School

Bo-peeps nursery school

for more information please contact Jean Crawford (902) 633-2110 or email

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Community Newsletter

The newsletter is a project of the health centre to inform residents about community events. We include as many submissions from non-profit groups as space allows. Please submit your item by email to or in writing to the health centre by the 22nd of the month.

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