There have been a few changes at LynnValleyLife HQ. We are thrilled to have brought together some industry leaders to co-work with us. The team office is now your one-stop shop for buying, selling, financing, and insuring your home as well as helping with real estate transactions and personal planning with notary services. We have mortgage broker Dave Bruynesteyn, insurance broker David Fiteni, and Kay Manabe Senju Notary bringing their businesses to 3171 Mountain Highway to take care of your needs right here in the heart of Lynn Valley. We hope to soon invite you into the office for education and information sessions on a range of topics related to your homes. In the meantime – stop in, say hi or ask any questions that may be on your mind.

Personal, travel, marine, commercial, life and home insurance

The most recent team to join the LynnValleyLife family is Central Agencies Insurance led by David Fiteni. 

“Our job is to learn about you, your life and your needs to make sure, should you need it, you have protection,” said David. “As an insurance broker, it’s my job to find the right product to fit you, not fit you into a product. Our time and quotes are offered at no cost to you.”

One of the biggest advantages of choosing a local is the extra support of someone in the neighbourhood. A crisis is not the time to get stuck on the phone in a hold queue. 

“Should you suffer a loss, we are here to be your advocate through the insurance claim,” he said. “We work for you, not the insurance companies, we answer your questions, explain wordings, review your coverage as your needs change, and most importantly help you through the claims process.” 

Buying and selling

We have been a part of Lynn Valley for more than 10 years. LynnValleyLife began with the partnership of Jim Lanctot and Kelly Gardiner and the goal to help families make their homes in Lynn Valley and support the community as we do it. 

“The best part of living and working in Lynn Valley is being able to give back to the neighborhood that is our home,” said Jim. “When we started our commitment to the community was a new idea. Investing in a community connection and news website rather than calendars and notepads has led to partnerships we never could have imagined. From the non-profits we continually raise the profile of, to being able to communicate important resources in times of crisis, to sharing the fantastic achievements of the people that make Lynn Valley a fantastic place to live. We hope that by showing you can trust our commitment to a life here, you will trust us to guide you through your home purchase or sale.” 

Now with a team of three, adding long-time team member but newly licensed realtor, Melanie Butchart last fall, the small shop, big support idea helps LynnValleyLife take care of its clients through the biggest financial transaction of their lives. 

“When it comes to selling your home, we not only know this market better than anyone,” said Kelly. “We care about the people going through the process. This is a life change we are here to support. When it comes to buying – the market has almost never been tighter – we are content to be patient or push to get you the right home.”

Notary services

Also now at  LVL headquarters are notary services provided by Kay Manabe Senju Notary. Building on her Lonsdale practice, the new office in Lynn Valley will continue to offer Manabe’s notary services including wills, real estate, and general affidavits and declarations.

“I believe it is important for everyone, whether they have assets or not, to have a will and the other documents you need,” she said. “It’s a way of taking care of the people left behind. The fees and process to take care of a death without a will can be overwhelming in a tough time.”

In addition to a will, she recommends a power of attorney, and a representation agreement, and an advanced directive (the latter two take care of your needs should you become incapacitated).

“On the matters we specialize in, we have the same training as lawyers,” she said. “Like lawyers, there are high-priced notaries and low-price notaries. It all depends. It is important you find a notary you are comfortable with and who is transparent about their fees.” 

Finance and mortgages


The recently expanded LVL headquarters first welcomed mortgage broker Dave Bruynesteyn. MortgageDave’s foundational philosophy is that if you support a community, it will support you. 

“A bank has its one product and I deal with 40 different lenders. I talk to the client and figure out what they want today, but also what they want in five years, in 10 years because we have to set them up properly to reach their goals,” MortgageDave said. “I also just make it easy. I work around the client’s schedule – if you want to talk at 8 am or you want to talk at 8 pm on a Tuesday night – we do that.

“When you get a mortgage with me, you are going to hear from me on the anniversary, and every time  the Bank of Canada reviews their prime rate – eight times a year – you get my newsletter discussing what this means. As you get closer to maturity I will communicate with you nine months out, six months out and four months out – because you have a life and don’t need to be worrying about your mortgage – that is my job. Dump that stress on me – it’s my job to get it done.”


Stop by our offices at 3171 Mountain Highway (at Harold) to chat about homes, insurance, mortgages or to simply say hello. 

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