South West LHIN Welcomes new Board Member

May 3, 2017

London, ON – Lori Van Opstal, Board Chair of the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), is pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Ballantyne to the Board of Directors. The three-year appointment was made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and endorsed by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Honourable Doctor Eric Hoskins on May 1, 2017.

Linda brings with her a wealth of professional leadership and volunteer board expertise. She has served on the boards of many health care organizations, including, most recently, the South West Community Care and Access Centre (CCAC). Since 2014, 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. As well, Linda had also served for the past two years 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. 

Linda has valuable leadership experience with Boards and Board committees at various levels. She has participated in organizational transformation and has proven herself a trusted and effective leader, adept at bringing together diverse stakeholders to achieve creative solutions and foundational change. Having experienced the health care system firsthand, in a caregiver role with an elderly relative, Linda is passionate about improving the health care journey for patients and their families. 


“I am looking forward to joining the South West LHIN team, and know that the road ahead is filled with opportunities and challenge in continuing to make health care improvements for patients and their families. I strongly believe that my health care and caregiver experience, as well as my previous leadership positions, including the Boards of the South West CCAC and the OACCAC, will put me in a strong position to support improvements and positive change throughout the LHIN.”
-Linda Ballantyne, South West LHIN Board Member

“We welcome Linda to our board, and look forward to leveraging her leadership and health care experience to advance the important work we do.“
-Lori Van Opstal, Chair, South West LHIN Board of Directors


Directors are appointed by Order-in-Council for a term of one to three years, subject to  additional terms up to a six-year maximum.  

The LHIN Board is now governed by a 10 member Board of Directors, with the ability to expand to up to 12 members under the Patients First Act. 

Board directors, including the Chair, are assessed and selected based on their skills, abilities, and the needs of the LHIN Board. Directors must possess relevant expertise, experience, leadership skills and have an understanding of local health issues and priorities. 

Board directors represent the entire LHIN geography, however, they must also bring sound knowledge of the needs in their specific communities.

The Chair is accountable to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for the LHIN’s use of public funds and for its results in terms of goals and performance of the local health system.

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For more information:
Ashley Jackson
Director, Communications and Community Engagement