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Effective March 25, 2021, the Waterloo Wellington Health Integration Network (LHIN) appointed Ken Deane as a health service provider supervisor (Supervisor) to oversee the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region (ILCWR) and exercise all of the powers of the governing body including its directors, officers, and members to address the concerns set out in the independent operational review (Operational Review) dated March 9, 2021.

Since his appointment, significant progress has been made in addressing the recommendations set out in the Operational Review and other high priority issues and risks that were subsequently identified by the Supervisor.

After having addressed the governance and management issues identified in the Operational Review, one of the Supervisor’s most important responsibilities was to recruit a new Board of Directors and the Executive Director to ensure the proper oversight and management of the agency. With the assistance of a professional search firm, a formal recruitment and selection process was established and followed to recruit individuals who collectively have the appropriate skills, competencies and diversity to serve as the new Board of Directors of Independent Living Waterloo Region. The recruitment process included pre-screening by the search firm followed by a formal selection process including interviews.

Based on this process, the Supervisor, as the sole Member of the Corporation, is pleased to announce ILWR’s new Directors who will assume office when the Supervisor completes his work in December 2021.

Elected Directors and Officers

Mr. Greg Barratt, Chair

Mr. Michael Bournon, Vice-Chair

Ms. Beryl Collingwood, Vice-Chair

Ms. Jenny Rajaballey, Vice-Chair

Ms. Preeti Malik

Ms. Raagula Sivayoganathan

Mr. Brian Swainson

Ms. Kelly Steiss

Ms. Vivian Zochowski

Executive Director

We are also pleased to announce that Ms. Janet Redman has been appointed Executive Director and will join Independent Living Waterloo Region on December 6, 2021.

Janet brings extensive leadership and management experience, serving as Executive Director at Guelph Independent Living since 2013. Janet has an in-depth understanding of, and commitment to, Independent Living, and will provide strong leadership focused on staff engagement and consumer service. In addition to her executive role, Janet is currently serving on the board of the Ontario Association of Independent Living Service Providers. This organization is the voice of community-based IL provider organizations across Ontario that deliver essential supports for daily living for persons with disabilities.