Waterloo Wellington LHIN NEWS

June 15, 2016

Waterloo Wellington LHIN Welcomes Jan Varner 

Jan VarnerJoan Fisk, Chair of the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), is pleased to announce the appointment of Jan Varner to the Board of Directors. Ms. Varner, a well-known community leader with more than 30 years of governance experience, is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the United Way Kitchener Waterloo & Area. 

Prior to her role at United Way, Ms. Varner was the Director of The Laurier Institute at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU). She has also served as faculty at Conestoga College, WLU, and the University of Guelph in non-profit management, business management, social work, and strategic human resources. 

Ms. Varner holds an MBA from WLU focusing on human resource management and organization development & change and is a past doctoral candidate in the Education Administration Doctoral Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She also has an Honours Bachelor Business Administration Degree from WLU and is a certified training and development professional from the Canadian Society of Training and Development. 

She has served on dozens of boards and councils locally, provincially, and nationally, including: Sustainable Waterloo Region, Immigrant Partnership Council, Region of Waterloo Poverty Reduction Strategy, United Ways of Ontario Council, and the ChangeIt Philanthropic Advisory Board. 


“We welcome the appointment of Jan Varner to our Board of Directors at the Waterloo Wellington LHIN. Jan’s background in both the business and non-profit sectors, coupled with her passion for community development and governance expertise will be of great benefit to our work in improving the health and well-being of local residents.”
- Joan Fisk, Chair, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network Board of Directors  

“I am honoured to join the Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board of Directors. I bring a systems change focus and unique perspective to the table with experience in executive, entrepenurial, and non-profit management. My skills fit with the Waterloo Wellington LHIN’s strategy and I look forward to working with the board and staff to improve the health of our local communities.”
- Jan Varner, Board Member, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network Board of Directors 


With an operating budget of just over $1 billion, the Waterloo Wellington LHIN is a team of local health care and business professionals who help to plan, integrate (connect and improve), and fund health services to improve the health and well-being of approximately 775,000 residents in Waterloo Region, Wellington County, the City of Guelph, and the southern part of Grey County. 

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN is governed by a board of nine directors who are selected by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and appointed through Order in Council. The board is bound by agreements with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, is responsible for the management and control of the affairs of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN and is the key point of interaction with the Ministry. 

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN skills-based board draws upon local individuals who have a variety of experiences and expertise. Board members are required to deal transparently with complex, (sometimes) sensitive issues and to be constantly engaging the community in an ongoing conversation. 

Board meetings are open to the public and take place at 50 Sportsworld Crossing Suite 220 in Kitchener, Ontario. 


Information about the Waterloo Wellington LHIN and its Board of Directors is available here. 


Connie MacDonald
Director, Communications & Community Engagement  
519-650-4472 ext. 235