June 27, 2017  

Waterloo Wellington LHIN Welcomes Three New Community Leaders Appointed to Board of Directors 


Jeff Nesbitt, Acting Board Chair of the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Sweeney, Rita Westbrook and William Jamieson (Jim) Harper to the Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board of Directors. Mr. Sweeney, Ms. Westbrook and Mr. Harper are accomplished community leaders who bring extensive experience in governance, organizational leadership, and community engagement.  

Mr. Sweeney, a well-known community leader with 16 years of experience in the health care sector, is currently the CEO of the YMCAs of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. Mr. Sweeney holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is an active community member having served as past member and President of the Rotary Club of Kitchener Conestoga. Currently, Mr. Sweeney sits on Conestoga College’s Public Relations Degree program Advisory Committee, and is a member of Capacity Canada’s Social Innovators Group. 

Ms. Westbrook is a retired Superintendent of the Waterloo Regional Police Service with over 30 years of law enforcement experience. Ms. Westbrook completed the Conestoga College Police Studies program in 1980, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University, and attended the FBI Academy at the University of Virginia. She is an active member of the local community having sat on numerous boards, including, Director and Past Chair of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries and past president of the Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunrise.  

Mr. Harper is a long-standing leader in the local private sector having sat on Not-for-Profit and Private Company Boards. Mr. Harper was a partner for over 30 years with two National Public Accounting Firms. Currently, he is Director of Marketing and Client Development at Rae Lipskie Investment Counsel Inc. Mr. Harper holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and received his CA Designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1974 and his FCA in 1997. He has served on many public boards, including, Chair of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chair of the University of Waterloo Board, Chair of the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation and St. Marys Hospital Foundation and Founding Chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. 


“We are fortunate to be adding community leaders of this calibre to our existing complement of diverse community representatives. Jim, Peter, and Rita bring a wealth of experience in the health, public and private sectors and are all known for their passion for improving the health and wellness of our community. Their excitement to join the board speaks to the importance of the role of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN and the value local residents place on improving their local health system.”
– Jeff Nesbitt, Acting Chair, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network Board of Directors 

“It is an honour to be appointed to the Waterloo Wellington LHIN’s Board of Directors. My passion lies in helping people in our community. My many years of experience in policing and most recently as a board member of Cambridge Memorial Hospital will allow me the opportunity to continue to make health care improvements for patients and their families and to make strategic decisions to enhance local health care delivery.”
– Rita Westbrook, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network Board of Directors  

“I am very pleased to be appointed to the Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board. The way health care in Ontario is delivered is rapidly changing and we need more innovative ways to deliver health care services to local residents. The LHIN’s strategic plan is focused on putting patients first - I look forward to contributing positively to Board discussions and oversight of the implementation of this strategy.”
– Jim Harper, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network Board of Directors 

“I am honoured to be appointed to the Board of the WW LHIN and look forward to playing a collaborative role in helping guide the LHIN and its partners towards a system that is patient focused. I am particularly excited to see the evolution of our health system as one that is integrated across our community and is rooted in the social determinants of health and wellbeing.”
– Peter Sweeney, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network Board of Directors 


Over the past decade, the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has worked to significantly improve the quality and availability of local health care. Now, we’re focused on making it easier. Easier for you to be healthy. Easier for you to get the care and support you need. Easier for you and your family to live the healthiest lives possible.

We connect you with care, at home and in the community, and better connect your health system to improve your care experience. As a crown agency of the Government of Ontario, we invest $1.1 billion annually in local health services to improve the health and wellbeing of the almost 800,000 residents we serve across Waterloo Wellington.  

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN is governed by a board of up to twelve directors who are selected by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and appointed through Order in Council. Board meetings are open to the public and take place at a number of locations across Waterloo Wellington.  


Information about the Waterloo Wellington LHIN and its Board of Directors is available on the Waterloo Wellington LHIN website at www.wwlhin.on.ca.  


Connie MacDonald
Director, Communications & Community Engagement, Waterloo Wellington LHIN
519-748-2222 ext. 3235