A Welcome Message from Jeff Low, South West LHIN Board Chair

Board of directors




Andrew Chunilall, Member (London) 

A graduate of both Western University and the University of Windsor, Andrew is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. He has held various positions in finance and accounting, and is currently employed as the Chief Operational Officer of the Community Foundations of Canada. As an industry expert in non-profit governance and regulatory matters, he provides dedicated consulting services to community foundations across the country.  Andrew brings to the South West LHIN the governance expertise he acquired as a member of the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. He is currently board chair of Community Living London and was the Vice-President of Finance for the London Community Foundation prior to undertaking his current role

 JLow Jeffrey Low, Chair (London)

Jeff has more than 16 years of governance experience in health care and education, having served on the boards of London Health Sciences Centre, including a two-year term as Chair, the London Health Sciences Foundation, Lawson Research Institute, the University of Western Ontario Development Committee and Huron University College. Professionally, Mr. Low has more than 35 years of human resources’ experience, including positions as Vice President of Human Resources at Jones Packaging Inc. and as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at CitiFinancial Services Inc. Currently, he is working with the Human Resources department at Fanshawe College.


Wilfried Riecker, Member (Port Stanley)

Wilf has extensive experience in human resources management both in the manufacturing sector and as a consultant.  His corporate experience includes responsibilities for human resources, labour relations, benefits, pensions, safety, payroll and compliance. Wilfried’s board experience includes time as a director or governor with the Elgin Community Futures Development Corporation, Maple Leaf Foundation, St. Thomas Energy Inc., Fanshawe College and St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.  

 Leslie Showers Leslie Showers, Member (St. Marys)

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. 

 lori Lori Van Opstal, Vice-Chair (Tillsonburg)

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. 

 Aniko-web Aniko Varpalotai, PhD  (Elgin County)

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.  


Barbara West-Bartley, Member (Wiarton)

Barbara lives in Wiarton, a rural diverse area at the Gateway of the Bruce Peninsula.  Trained in Medical Administration she worked for the County of Bruce for several years in their 96 bed long-term care facility.  She was involved in the capital redevelopment project of that home during 2000-2001, Barbara has also completed studies in Clinical and Facilities Management through the Ontario Hospital Association.  Over the past 12 years Barbara has worked in the human services field overseeing the management and development of supportive housing programs.