Linda Barlow joined the Board of Governors in 2015 and is a member of the Governance Committee. Linda stepped down from her role as Vice-President, Human Resources in March 2018 when she retired from Flanagan Foodservice, Canada’s largest independent foodservice distributor.
As a Certified Human Resources Leader and accomplished global HR executive with more than 30 years experience, Linda has built many high performing human resources teams while successfully delivering HR programs and services that support ever changing organizational needs.
"For several years prior to becoming involved with the Hospital or Foundation, I had thought that if I was given the opportunity to join a Board of Directors, I wanted it to be with a community-focused organization within Waterloo Region.
A special interest of mine is that I am a HUGE Beatles fan and have been since I was very young. I’ve been to Liverpool twice to attend International Beatles Week and I’ve spent many hours in the Cavern Club where the Beatles first played. I proudly display a myriad of Beatles collectibles I have acquired over the years in our rec room at home. My husband calls it “my shrine to the Beatles.
A world-class healthcare system is important to me and my family because I have one brother who has Crohn’s Disease; another brother who has Multiple Sclerosis; and a nephew who has Juvenile Diabetes; So it is important to my family to have a world-class healthcare facility so close to home. Also, my parents are in their mid to late 80s and while still “healthy” and living in their own home right now, I feel comfort in knowing that we have the necessary healthcare services available for them and for all of us."
One of Linda's Waterloo Region gems...
"One of my favourite gems in the Waterloo region would be the Woolwich Reservoir, one of seven owned by the GRCA to manage floods and maintain flows in the Grand River system. The entrance is at 7224 Reids Wood Drive, northwest of Elmira (see Map). The Elmira Lions Club built and maintains the Lions Trail, a seven kilometer hiking and cycling trail that goes around the Woolwich Reservoir and through nearby wooded areas. Non-motorized boating and fishing are allowed in the reservoir."