About Us

LynnValleyLife began with a team of local residents who decided they wanted to use their skills and experience to build something to support, strengthen and celebrate their home community.

At LynnValleyLife, we help local organizations and merchants promote themselves, and
keep residents abreast of the news and information that’s specific to life in Lynn Valley.

LynnValleyLife is ad-free and sustains itself solely through commission revenue earned through its progressive real estate sales and marketing services. To learn more about our mission, please read our opening-day blog post.

Want to meet us? Just email us at the links below, or pop in to our LynnValleyLife office at 3171 Mountain Highway, just above the Lynn Valley Road intersection.


Meet the team


Jim Lanctot, LynnValleyLife Publisher and Real Estate Specialist

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Jim Lanctot is a Lynn Valley father of three whose experience includes real estate marketing and sales for international companies such as Intrawest and Kor Real Estate Group. He has led teams across the globe selling hundreds of millions in all forms of real estate from single family homes to condominiums to fractional real estate.

Currently the lead consultant in his own sales and marketing company, Generator, Jim’s passion for community building led him to create LynnValleyLife and the LynnValleyLife Network to help engage, inform and entertain local residents and prospective residents alike.

You’ll hear from Jim when he’s got news specific to Lynn Valley homeowners and prospective homeowners. Click here for information on how you can buy or sell your Lynn Valley home with Jim, and support this LynnValleyLife community website.

Email Jim at JL@LynnValleyLife.com


Peggy Trendell-Jensen, LynnValleyLife Editor

Peggy Trendell-Jensen is a Coleman Street native who grew up writing mystery stories set in the wilds of Lynn Valley. She was a staff writer at the North Shore News for many years and is delighted to be wearing her cub reporter hat again here at LynnValleyLife.

Peggy is a founder of the Lynn Valley Literary Society  and the Lynn Valley Black Bear Band. She expects to be a lifelong Lynn Valleyite, and feels lucky to live in a neighbourhood that benefits from the work of so many volunteers and community-builders.

Let Peggy know if you have suggestions for added features or new sections on LynnValleyLife – she looks forward to hearing your ideas!

Email Peggy at peggy@lynnvalleylife.com


Kelly Gardiner, LynnValleyLife Partner & Real Estate Specialistkelly headshot

With almost three decades of experience as an industry leading realtor, Kelly Gardiner brings to the team a down-to-earth, warm personality paired with sharp negotiating skills and a thorough understanding of the local real estate market.

Some of his industry accolades include: RE/MAX Hall of Fame, Master Member of the MLS Medallion Club of the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board, and past director of the North Vancouver Real Estate Division. He works closely with his clients to create a practical, tailored plan for the sale or purchase of their home. Kelly’s approach incorporates traditional, online and face-to-face marketing to ensure his buyers and sellers achieve their goals as quickly and easily as possible. When he’s not helping his clients, he’s busy with his wife and two daughters, and heads to the ski hills or out on the water as often as he can.
Contact Kelly at Kelly@LynnValleyLife.com or 604-644-3936.


Melanie Butchart, Marketing and Project Management

Mel headshotMelanie graduated with a Bachelor of Media Arts degree from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2002. Having worked in a variety of mediums including film, photography web and graphic design, Melanie has developed strong technical skills and a unique artistic style. She has over a decade of experience working as a professional photographer and also has a strong background in marketing and project management within real estate and with creative agencies. Melanie is North Shore born and raised and lives in Deep Cove with her husband and kids.

Email Melanie at Melanie@LynnValleyLife.com



Lynn O’Malley, Neighbourhood Correspondent 

Lynn O’Malley is the voice of the valley, bringing you peeks into our past as well as the news of the now. She is passionate about concerts in the village, Lynn Valley Day parades, keeping cabbage worms out of her kale, and knowing her neighbours. She loves spreading the word on behalf of other enthusiastic Lynn Valley residents, so if you’ve got an event or a celebration or a newsy item to share, send it her way! (Advice on keeping her veggies safe is also welcome.)

Email Lynn at info@lynnvalleylife.com


The LVL team would like to thank local residents who responded to our photo call, and whose images of our home community are used throughout the site. Special thanks to Kathy Rothnie, our photographer extraordinaire for going above and beyond the call!