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Steve MacLellan


Steve grew up in Antigonish and became a successful engineer, working all over the world, but his heart has always been in the Maritimes.   

He also always wanted to contribute more and help others -  It’s the way he was brought up! 

Upon his return to the East Coast, Steve saw that the best way to contribute and build our communities was to change his career, and so he became a financial advisor. 

He now owns a value-based financial firm called Design Your Future Financial Services with a strong focus on helping those that help others, by offering holistic financial plans based on his client's vision, values, and goals - not based on products.   

Steve MacLellan is - he helps his clients keep, grow, and control what they build instead of giving it away to taxes, fees, loss, and the unknown.

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Brandi Hitchens

Vice President

Brandi is a Senior Commercial Account Executive with Jacobi Brien Insurance and Vice President of the Board.  She began her insurance career over 25 years ago, with a large Atlantic brokerage in a rural office.

She worked hard to grow a significant personal lines portfolio prior to moving into larger complex commercial accounts in the Halifax region. Jacobi Brien is a locally owned brokerage, with one of the owners residing in Fall River.

Part of her commitment to her clients is providing ongoing support through any challenge, and assist with claims resolution.

More recently, she has been working with some high net worth accounts in the Golf, Realty, Construction and Manufacturing Industries.

Outside of the office, Brandi enjoys reading, and time in the outdoors canoeing or kayaking.  She also loves spending time with her friends and family at their summer cottage. 

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Mathieu Boileau


Mathieu is the current treasurer of FRABA and has been volunteering his time with FRABA for over eight years in various roles on the board. Mathieu is a CPA, CA accountant for the firm MNP LLP and is a part of the firm’s Assurance and Business Advisory Services team where his role is a Senior Manager. Mathieu delivers a range of audit and compliance services to commercial and not-for-profit organizations, including 10 years of external assurance and tax experience.

Mathieu studied at Saint Mary’s University where he received his Bachelor of Commerce and continued on to Atlantic School of Chartered Accountancy where he was certified as a Chartered Accountant (CA) now named Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

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Jessica Plamondon

Board Member

I started my first business at 19 years old and quickly became familiar with the challenges and rewards of owning & operating a small business! Since then I have worked for small, mid sized and fortune 500 companies in the wine business in both Alberta & BC. I regularly host a ladies wine night where I continue to share my passion and knowledge of the wine industry.

My husband and I relocated our family to Fall River in 2016 and have made this community our forever home. I am a member of the Ash Lee Jefferson PTA and Canadian Progress Club Halifax Citadel chapter. When I’m not volunteering you can usually find me at the hockey rink with my son, or swimming/ biking/ running in the community.

Currently I am a licensed Realtor with Royal Lepage Atlantic, the Pike Group since 2017.  We are a small but mighty team of Realtors who are members of the Prestigious Chairman’s Award, or top 1% of Real Estate producers in Canada. 

My goal and reason for joining FRABA to is to connect with my local community, support local businesses and help promote one another organically through social media and online channels. Meet like minded people and have some fun!

One of my biggest achievements was crossing the finish line of an Ironman Triathlon event in 2019 and I look forward to competing again soon!

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Pat Healey

Board Member

Pat Healey is the co-owner/reporter with The Laker News. He covers a wide area stretching from Fall River in the HRM to Stewiacke and out to Kennetcook in East Hants.

He opened up his news website on March 30, 2020, just a couple months after the two papers  (The Weekly Press and The Laker) he had worked for 12 years were closed down by their media owner. 

Pat is all about the community and keeping them informed. He is known everywhere he goes in his communities. Some people wonder if Pat ever sleeps seeing he is everywhere covering news and events in the Fall River area. 

He lives in Enfield, where his apartment has become a work from home office, his mom who lives with him, and his little furball assistant, Asha the Cat. 

The Laker News can be found at or He can be emailed at He is on twitter @reprtrPatHealey. 

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