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

Board of Directors


Ron Bolton, Vice Chair  (St. Marys)
Ron has extensive experience in health care governance having held positions as a member, vice chair. and chair of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance Board of Directors, and previously as  member of the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. At present, Ron is a board member of the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame. Prior to his retirement in 2008, Bolton had a successful 25- year career with CIBC, moving to increasingly senior positions throughout his tenure.




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


Ronald Lipsett, Secretary (Grey County)

Ron is a resident of Grey County  where he is actively involved in the day-to-day management of the Lipsett family farm. He brings a background rich in community involvement with a focus on health care. He also enjoyed a long career with an insurance company and served as Member of Provincial Parliament from 1987-1990 for the riding of Grey. He has demonstrated his passion for community involvement by serving on several health care related boards and committees. Most recently he was part of the South West LHIN’s Health System Design Board to Board Reference Group. He also was member of the Grey Bruce Health Service Board for nine years, including a term as Chair. Lipsett has held governance positions on the Grey Bruce Community Foundation, as well as the Grey-Bruce VON. 

 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.

 gerry Gerry Moss, Member (Port Elgin) 

Gerry has spent his professional career in education, and prior to his retirement in 2006 was a principal with the Bluewater District School Board. He has remained active in education as a learning strategist with Georgian College, an online instructor with Queens University, and participation in the Education Quality and Accountability Office. He also brings a long history of community service through the Port Elgin Rotary Club, where he held various positions including President. He has held governance roles with the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, and the Social Housing Services Corporation. 


Wilfried Riecker (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.  

 lori Lori Van Opstal (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.