October 24,  2016

Board Highlights

The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors held a meeting on October 12, 2016. Below are highlights from the meeting. For the full agenda and briefing notes, please click here.

Investing in Indigenous health and wellness

Local indigenous residents will soon benefit from $200,000 in increased funding for indigenous-specific health and wellness programs. The funding will be provided to the Kitchener Downtown and Guelph Community Health Centres to host an expanded Indigenous health and wellness program that will serve residents across Waterloo Wellington.

Over the last two years, an Indigenous Health and Wellness Promoter funded at the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre has better supported Indigenous residents by:

  • bringing traditional healers to Waterloo Wellington
  • connecting Indigenous residents to local health services
  • facilitating the availability of culturally specific service delivery
  • enhancing Indigenous cultural awareness among health services through cultural safety training
  • and enabling the WWLHIN to involve other sectors to plan and share information to develop a holistic approach to addressing mental health, addictions and homelessness.

The additional funding will enable the program to better meet resident needs, as determined by the local indigenous community. Learn more here.

Advancing collaborative health governance for rural residents

The WWLHIN has closed a performance factor it issued for North Wellington Health Care and Groves Memorial Community Hospital, following a year of progress to address barriers to effective integrated governance. The hospitals have formed a Joint Executive Committee, hired a joint CEO, and are working collaboratively with their health partners to advance integrated care across the health system for Wellington residents. Learn more here.

Leading integration at the governance level

Clients of the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington are continuing to benefit from the organization’s integration with Trellis with more programs and services being delivered to more people. The organization’s Board Chair Janet Kaufman presented to the WWLHIN Board of Directors on the benefits they’ve seen through integration, as well as other initiatives their board is leading to improve the patient experience through collaboration with other health system partners. Learn more here.

Next Board Meeting: Our next Board meeting will take place on December 14, 2016.


Connie MacDonald
Director, Communications & Community Engagement
Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN)
519-650-4472 ext. 235

Board & Governance

The WWLHIN is governed by a Board of up to 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 WWLHIN, and is the key point of interaction with the Ministry.

Board of Directors

 Joan Fisk

Joan Fisk - Chair

Joan Fisk has held leadership positions within the business community, including President and CEO, Tiger Brand Knitting Company Ltd, and most recently serving as President and CEO of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce from 2008 - 2010.

Jeff Nesbitt

Jeff Nesbitt - Vice Chair

Jeff Nesbitt is the Vice President for the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (CMHF) working with a national team to help men and their families live healthier lives. 


Michael Delisle

Michael Delisle is the president and CEO of The Registrar Company Inc. and has also held the same position at consulting firm McCormick Delisle and Thompson Inc. as well as executive positions at KPMG, General Electric and ABB.

Bryan Larkin

Bryan Larkin

Bryan Larkin is the Chief of Waterloo Regional Police Services and is responsible for providing executive leadership to Waterloo Regional Police Service and facilitates the administrative and operational delivery of policing services to Waterloo Region while fostering relationships with community stakeholders, partners and all citizens.

Murray O'Brien

Murray O’Brien

Murray O’Brien is a Certified Human Resources Professional. He retired from Schneider Foods in Kitchener after 28 years of service where he held senior leadership positions in human resources.

Jan Varner

Jan 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.