While attending Carleton University in Ottawa for Journalism and English, Lynne headed to Whistler BC for a semester to ski. Finding inspiration in the mountains that she loves so much, Lynne worked, raised her kids and sold her paintings.
Lynne moved to Canmore in 2000 to be with her fiancé, Crazy Canuck Dave Irwin who suffered a severe head injury a few months after her arrival, which was to keep her even busier as a partner, therapist, fund-raiser, and activist for brain injury survivors.
In 2002 Lynne co-founded the Dave Irwin Foundation for Brain Injury Recovery and organized and ran 10 annual Dash for Cash ski fundraisers at Sunshine Village Banff, with the generous support of Ralph Scurfield and Sunshine Village. Lynne also raised money for the DIFFBIR through Ironman, and by competing in multi-stage self-supported foot races in both the Sahara and Gobi Deserts.
Monies were raised for innovative outreach programs, education, awareness and research programs related to brain injury and brain injury survivors.
The (DIFFBIR) Foundation co-sponsored the Hockey Neuro Trauma Concussion Project along with the Trillium Foundation and the Walter Gretsky Foundation under the direction of Dr. Paul Echlin of London Ontario and Harvard University. Please go to www.daveirwinfoundation.org for more information. This study found concussions during regular hockey play were severely under-reported. Results were highlighted in the New York Times, and The Globe and Mail.
During this time, Lynne continued to paint and in January of 2006 and October of 2011 Lynne was resident artist at Num-ti-jah Lodge and sold her work through galleries in Calgary and Canmore. In 2008 Lynne graduated from SFU with a Bachelors Degree via distance education.
Fifth Estate did an hour long piece called “Downhill Racer” in 2008 and Readers Digests’ Best Health Magazine profiled Lynne and Dave in one of their 2008 issues.
With a family member diagnosed suffering from mental illness, Lynne realized the great need for improved mental health funding. Out of this came the Mental-Aid Foundation.
When she isn’t painting, she manages Mountain Image Distributors Distributors – a promotional products and souvenir distribution company, spearheads the Mental-Aid Foundation and skis, runs and bikes in the Canadian Rockies.