Virginia McLaughlin was appointed Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel 25 (Toronto) Field Ambulance in July 2008.
Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Mclaughlin serves as a volunteer trustee on the Boards of the University of Guelph, Wellspring, the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology Corporation and the Ontario Cancer Quality Council. She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and a past chair of the Governance Leadership Council of the Ontario Hospital Association. She continues to sit on the Sunnybrook Building Committee and to co-chair the Cancer Campaign Cabinet for Sunnybrook and on the Quality Council, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
Prior to becoming a member of the Sunnybrook & Womenís Board of Directors, Ms. McLaughlin was a member of the Board of Trustees, York Central Hospital (1985-1997) and Chair of the Board from 1995-97. She chaired the GTA/905 Healthcare Alliance from 1995-1998 and the York Region Tri-Hospital group from 1995-97.
Ms. McLaughlin has also participated in governance for the Ontario Hospital Association as a member of the Regional Council Executive Committee for Region 3 (Toronto, York, Peel and Durham) 1998-2008, as chair of the RCEC 2000-2002, member of the OHA board of Directors 2000-2002 and chair of the OHA Advocacy Committee (2001-2002) and from 2004 until November 2007 was the Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association Governance Leadership Council.
Other recent volunteer commitments include Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Trinity College (2003-2005; member since 1999), Chair of Finance Committee (2000-2003) and member of Nominating Committee for the Provost (2001). She continues to sit on the Strength to Strength Campaign Cabinet for Trinity.
During the 1980ís and early 1990ís Ms. Mclaughlin served as a volunteer member of the Toronto Symphony Board, Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee and Junior Womenís Committee and as a member of the Country Day School Board and Chair of the Junior School Curriculum Committee.
In private life, Ms. McLaughlin is President of Helmhorst Investments Limited, a family owned company comprising agricultural operations, real estate and a portfolio of market investments. She is married and has two adult children and one grandchild.