LynnValleyLife is looking for this year’s Good Neighbour!

If you’ve been following LynnValleyLife for a while, you’ll know that one of our favourite times of the year is the lead up to our annual Good Neighbour Award.

Good Neighbour Award Winner Ribbon

All year ‘through we keep our ears to the ground for people who represent Lynn Valley at its finest – whether it is through acts of quiet kindness or participating in more public “passion projects” for a good cause. Last year’s recipients were Dave and Wilna Parry, who opened their doors to a blind Somalian refugee, and the year before that it was Cath Bates Dimmock, a volunteer coach who has given heart and soul to Argyle’s gymnastics program. Other times recipients have been people whose name you might not have heard before, but who are heroes on their street or in their organization for all the help they give to others.

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Good Neighbour Award nominations open!

Every year LynnValleyLife takes pleasure in recognizing a Lynn Valley resident who goes the extra mile to make our community or the wider world a better place.

Good Neighbour Award Winner RibbonIt might be someone whose quiet small acts provide ongoing comfort and motivation to the circle that surrounds them – their neighbours, colleagues, or friends. It might be someone whose work through a non-profit group or as an individual has tackled one of the various troubling issues our society is facing. It might be someone who has inspired youth or stood by our seniors.

Last year’s Good Neighbour was Cath Bates Dimmock, a volunteer coach known as a wonderful role model for the students on the Argyle gymnastics team. We need your help to find this year’s Good Neighbour!

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Valentine’s contest entries heartwarming to read

Our 2016 Valentine’s Day Contest was the cause of passionate conversation during a LynnValleyLife meeting in January. We’d had a great response in the past to our “What Do You Love About Lynn Valley?” and “What’s Your Nickname for Your Loved One?” contests and we wanted to tap into our community heart yet again.

We know that Valentine’s Day isn’t just for the dreamy-eyed, star-struck lovers amongst us.  As any parent who has helped a child painstakingly craft 30 Valentine’s cards for their school chums knows, there are all sorts of friendships and affections to be celebrated on February 14.

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Enter our Parent-Child Valentine’s Day dinner contest!

Valentine’s Day isn’t just red roses and romance – it’s a chance to celebrate wonderful relationships of all sorts, whether it’s with friends, neighbours, or even co-workers (you know, the ones who bring in pink Rice Krispie squares or Purdy’s for all on February 14… we love them!)

So in honour of St. Valentine’s Day on Sunday, February 14, we’re going to send a Daddy and Daughter, or a Mother and Son, to Browns Socialhouse for a sit-down dinner and some quality time together.

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LynnValleyLife Good Neighbour for 2015 announced!

If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you’ll know that we at LynnValleyLife love collecting stories of the good citizens in our midst, and drawing from amongst them to name the recipient of our annual Good Neighbour Award. (Have a look in the Notable Neighbours section of our Front Porch blog for past winners and nominees, and pop by our office for a look at the Good Neighbour award plaque!)

We’re delighted to announce that this year’s representative of all of Lynn Valley’s good neighbours is Cath Bates Dimmock of Hoskins Road. Cath was nominated by her daughter, Carly, for whom she is obviously a huge inspiration. Thanks, Cath, for all you do for the young ladies and lads in the Argyle gymnastics program, and thanks, Carly for letting us know about it! Your mom will receive her own Good Neighbour Award plaque and a $50 gift certificate, courtesy of the Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub!

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Lynn Valley home to pumpkins with personality

We were glad to see what became of some of those pumpkins we saw leave the Lynn Valley field “Pumpkin Patch”! Thank you to everyone who entered our neighbourhood carving contest.

Pat SymonsWe couldn’t help but award the grand prize of a $25 Browns gift card to Pat Symons, football coach of the Pipers’ Junior Varsity team, for his carved pumpkin-football – and his carved pineapple-jack o’ lantern!

As for the kids’ entries below, we know you’ll agree that they are all great, and we can’t award just one entry. (Click on the photos to see a larger version!) So expect a visit from our sponsoring realtors in the days ahead – they will visit with a sweet treat for all of you!

Special thanks to those entries from Ms. Bonner’s class at Lynn Valley Elementary School.
LiamLeah featuring Baby Alder 3 months

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Do you know this year’s Good Neighbour?

Every year, LynnValleyLife looks forward to putting out a call for stories about the people in our community who, in ways large or small, lend a helping hand to those around them.

LVL neighbour treeAnd every year, we draw from these angels-among-us to determine who will receive the annual LynnValleyLife Good Neighbour Award. Here’s our story about last year’s winner and nominees – and if you pop by our office, be sure to take a look at the plaque on the wall honouring all the former winners!

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Wanted: your best jack o’ lantern photos!

We can’t help but notice that Lynn Valley’s jack o’ lanterns are getting spookier every year!

jackLynnValleyLife wants to share this neighbourhood’s spookiest, funniest, fanciest and freakiest pumpkin carvings, so please send us a photo of you with your jack o’ lantern! We’ll print them up and display them on our office’s front window at 3171 Mountain Hwy. (and on our website, of course), and there will be special treats given to the scariest, funniest and overall greatest neighbourhood pumpkins. (There will be a special category for youth, so let us know if you are 15 and under!)

Please send a photo of your pumpkin on your Lynn Valley doorstep to info@LynnValleyLife.com by the end of Sunday, November 1, 2015, along with your name, age and contact details.

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Lynn Valley photo contest winners announced!

Well, fall is definitely here, and along with wet weather that means the end of the LynnValleyLife Summer in the ‘Hood Photo Contest!

Thank you to all for entering, and another big congratulations to Jennie Angel, who won the early-bird draw for two tickets to the Jon Bon Jovi and the Kings of Suburbia concert. We hope you had a great time, Jennie!

And now we’re delighted to announce the winners of the contest, whose photos we felt best expressed Summer 2015 in Lynn Valley. Each wins a $50 gift certificate at Browns Socialhouse.

In the ‘amateur’ category, many congratulations to  Caroline Liggett, for her photo of how her boys bathed and cooled off in Lynn Creek during this summer’s drought!

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Send us your best Lynn Valley summertime shots!

We’re happy to announce that Jennie Angel has won our draw for two tickets to the Jon Bon Jovi and the Kings of Suburbia concert!

Jennifer Angel picJennie entered our “Summer in the ‘Hood” photo contest by the early-bird deadline… but there is still time to send us your best Lynn Valley shots for a crack at the Browns Social House gift cards! Here are the contest rules from our earlier post. All ages are welcome to enter!

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The rules are pretty simple – the photos should be taken this summer (June 2015 onwards) in this neck of the woods, meaning what is commonly thought of as “Lynn Valley.” The photographer should live in this neighbourhood, too, which we are defining as being within the V7J, V7K and V7N postal codes.

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