Board of directors


Image of Lori Van Opstal
Lori Van Opstal, Board Chair
Lori is a board member and past Chair of Making Room Inc. (now Cambridge Shelter Corp.) and Cambridge Kiwanis Village Non-Profit Housing.  She has chaired the Economic Development Advisory Committee (Cambridge), Canada’s Technology Triangle’s Ambassador Task Force, Fleet Safety Council Conference and served on the board of the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital Foundation where she participated in Strategic Planning for the Tillsonburg Hospital.   She is a recently retired business owner who was featured 12 consecutive times on Profit Magazine’s list of Top 100 Canadian Women Business Owners. 

Leslie Showers

Leslie Showers, Interim Vice-Chair
With a strong interest in integration, Leslie has participated in governance for more than 12 years, holding various positions with many health care-related boards and committees including most recently a Board member for the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance. Leslie is from the town of St. Marys and brings to the South West LHIN nearly 20 years of front line health care experience both as a registered nurse with Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital and a nurse manager with the Victorian Order of Nurses in Huron Perth.
Linda Ballantyne Linda Ballantyne, Member
Linda has been using her leadership, governance, and caregiver experience to provide crucial direction in her position as the Board Chair for the South West CCAC since 2014. Linda also served on the Board of the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centre (OACCAC).
Before retiring in 2013, Linda was the Executive Director of Human Resources at Fanshawe College in London, and has held senior management positions in human resources in several Ontario Ministries. Her previous work experience also includes positions in Occupational Health and Safety with the Ministry of Labour, and as a Registered Nurse.

Image of Jean-Marc Boisvenue Jean-Marc Boisvenue, Member
Jean-Marc Boisvenue of London has more than 30 years of non-profit experience. He began his career working at the Ministry of Community and Social Services before he became Executive Director of the SD&G Developmental Services Centre, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with developmental and physical challenges in Cornwall and surrounding area. He recently retired from his position as a Planning Officer at the Erie St. Clair/South West French Language Planning Entity. Jean-Marc holds a Social Work Diploma from Algonquin College. He has previously sat on boards for a number of organizations including Vanier Children’s Services, Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre, Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities, Centre York Centre, Échec au crime de la vallée maritime, and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.

Image of Andrew Chunilall Andrew Chunilall, Member
Andrew has a background education in economics and commerce, and obtained his chartered accountant designation in 2002. He started his professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a manager in the Assurance and Advisory Group, where he provided professional services to some of the firm’s top-tier clients in the London area. As Chief Executive Officer at Community Foundations of Canada, Andrew works closely with the CFC’s management team and Board, leading the organization’s day-to-day operations, and implementing its strategic and operating plans. Andrew additionally works as a dedicated national finance and regulatory resource for community foundations across Canada. Prior to joining the Community Foundations of Canada, Andrew worked as the Vice-President of Finance for the London Community Foundation. Andrew recently completed the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, chosen as one of 250 emerging leaders in Canada to attend as a delegate. Active in the nonprofit community, Andrew also serves as the Board Chair for Community Living London and Treasurer of Art for AIDS International.

Myrna Fisk Myrna Fisk, Member
Myrna brings with her more than 30 years of front line healthcare experience. She began her career as a public health nurse with health units in Grey, Bruce, and Middlesex Counties, respectively. In 2003 she transitioned into a nurse practitioner role providing primary health care to children and at-risk families. She retired this year from her position at the Health Zone Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic. Myrna holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and a Nurse Practitioner, Primary Health Care degree from Western University. She has previously sat on boards for Smart Start for Babies, Homes 4 Women, and Community Living London

Glenn Forrest Glenn Forrest, Member
Glenn brings to the South West LHIN a strong background of cultural and spiritual practice with close to 30 years of experience supporting individuals and communities in working to break down barriers related to health equity and inclusion. Glenn was the Senior Administrative Director for Six Nations of the Grand River and over 21 years he held positions in a wide range of areas including health services, finance, as well as youth counselling, programs and services. He also has experience working for the inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities; overseeing a men’s shelter offering emergency shelter and supportive housing; as well as supporting youth through counselling, drop-in groups and community youth groups. Glenn is an Oneida band member of Six Nations of the Grand River and is currently the Director of Operations for Munsee-Delaware Nation. 

Wilf Riecker

Wilfried Riecker, Member
A resident of Port Stanley, Wilf has over 14 years of health care governance experience, including service as board chair of St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.  He also served on the boards of Fanshawe College, Elgin Community Futures Development Corporation, Canadian Timken Limited, the Maple Leaf Foundation and St. Thomas Energy Inc.  Professionally, he has over 30 years of human resources management experience, both in corporate roles and as a consultant.    
Cynthia St.John
Cynthia St.John, Member
Cynthia brings a strong background in executive leadership in the health care field to the South West LHIN Board. Since 2014 she has served on the board of the South West Community Care and Access Centre (CCAC) where she was instrumental in identifying, developing and implementing strategic priorities.
Cynthia has been the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Elgin St. Thomas Public Health for the last 17 years. Prior to that, she has held CEO and senior level positions in both local and national health care organizations. In 2009, she graduated Royal Roads University with a Masters of Business Administration with a specialty in Leadership.

Aniko Varpalotai Aniko Varpalotai, PhD, Member
Aniko has been a Professor at the Faculty of Education, Western University, since 1988.  Her teaching and research interests have included: health education, teaching in rural schools and communities, educational equity and policy studies.  Her previous governance experience includes membership and chairing of local, provincial and national level boards and committees related to post-secondary education, fitness, recreation and sport, and the status of women.  She is a past-president of the UWO Faculty Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors of TEMBO Trust (Tanzania Education and Micro-Business Opportunity) a Canadian NGO working with girls and women in rural Tanzania.   She has conducted health education/health promotion research in Southwestern Ontario, Wales and Tanzania and is the co-editor of two books on physical and health education.