South West LHIN Welcomes New Board Member

March 10, 2017

London, ON – Lori Van Opstal, Interim Board Chair of the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean-Marc Boisvenue 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 Dr. Eric Hoskins on March 1, 2017. 

Jean-Marc of London has more than 30 years of non-profit experience. 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. 
He began his career working at the Ministry of Community and Social Services before becoming 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. 


“We welcome Jean-Marc Boisvenue to the South West LHIN Board and look forward to the expertise he brings from his years of experience within the social service and health sector. His work experience planning access to French language services will serve him well as a LHIN Board member. We look forward to working with him as we continue to focus on improving the lives of patients and their families in the South West LHIN.” – Lori Van Opstal, Interim Board Chair, South West LHIN

“I am looking forward to this new role and responsibility. My experience as well as my interest in advocating for socially disadvantaged individuals will provide an important perspective within the LHIN Board. I am pleased to be working with the South West LHIN Board to provide equitable access to health care throughout the South West LHIN.” 
– Jean-Marc Boisvenue, Director, South West LHIN 


This appointment brings the Board to nine directors. 

Directors are appointed by Order-in-Council for a term of one to three years, subject to a two-term maximum.

Board members are selected through a skills-based process. All candidates are assessed based on their skills and 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 members represent the entire LHIN geography, however, they must also bring sound knowledge of the needs in their specific communities.

The Board of Directors is accountable, through the Chair, 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