Lynda Lynch has joined the FOCUS team because she shares our passion for the New England region. She is excited to bring our readers great community stories and to help local business with their marketing.
How long have you lived in Armidale?
In December 2000, I moved to Armidale with my husband, Matt, as he gained a promotion within the NSW Police Force. It was a good change from the Sydney way of life. We love Armidale and intend to stay here for a long time.
Tell us about your family?
Well as previously mentioned, my husband Matt continues to work in the Police Force. We have two beautiful children, Jacob (9 years old) and Sara (7 years old). They both attend Martin’s Gully Public School. I grew up on a farm at Valla, near Nambucca Heads. My pop, who is now 94 years young, still runs cattle on the property. He still drives the tractor and occasionally saddles up on his horse to attend to his farming chores. He is truly an amazing man.
Why have you decided to join the New England FOCUS team?
Honestly, I have mixed emotions about starting with FOCUS. Although I am very excited to be joining their team, at the same time, I am sad to leave my good mates at Uphill and Schaefer Real estate.
I got to know the FOCUS team while working at Uphill & Schaefer, because we often placed real estate adverts in the publication.
While dealing with Tracy from FOCUS, I discovered that her motto is ‘we love where we live’, and that FOCUS’ sole motive is to showcase the great people who live and work throughout the New England region.
I am passionate about this area too. I love to get involved in community events, and I can’t wait to start sourcing great community stories.
I have worked in advertising sales for a newspaper before, but FOCUS is different, because they welcome stories from just about anyone.
I used to watch people walk into the newspaper office with great community stories, and often they would be knocked back.
I’ll be selling advertising for the magazine of course, but I am pleased to know that the editor, Sue, has also employed me to keep my ears and eyes open for interesting interviews.
I’ve been at FOCUS for a week now, and already my excitement is growing.
What is your involvement with Rotary, and why did you win the Paul Harris Award?
The stated purpose of Rotary is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
I joined Armidale Central Rotary about three years ago, as I was aware of all the good work they did for others. I had a particular interest in the humanitarian service side, due to my work for the School of St Jude in Tanzania. This year, I was presented with the Paul Harris Fellow award, which is an award that is given to a person in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given to the furtherance and better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world. This was in recognition for the fundraising activities in relation to the School of St Jude. I felt humble at the time accepting the award, as I did not expect any recognition for the work I was doing.
What is your connection to the School of St Jude?
About six years ago, I went and saw Gemma Sisia give a talk on the School at the New England Girls’ School. I was inspired on what she had done and wanted to help in my own small way. I then had a friend approach me asking if I would like to go to Africa to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. After a bit of time and thinking as to what I was getting myself into, I thought I would go – particularly as it was right next to the School of St Jude. So that’s when MUMS ON A MISSION was formed, with our main focus being to raise awareness of the school and to assist in raising some well needed funds.
Six mothers then banded together and got cracking on the cause. In the end, we raised funds, trained hard, successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and raised awareness for the school, not only locally, but overseas while on our travels. We are very happy that the Armidale community has gotten right behind this cause. Since the formation of MUMS ON A MISSION, not only have we greatly financially assisted the school, but we have provided many needy items such as blankets, medical supplies and items taken for granted, such as soccer boots.
We hear you love horses?
I grew up around horses. Our kids began riding at the family farm at Valla. A very generous friend here in Armidale has allowed us the use of two of his horses and his property to ride. We now have four horses on his property, which my kids and other children benefit from by receiving proper training and instruction from Diane Bourke.
Diane is wonderful, and she gives her time freely to help us all improve our riding skills. Meeting local people like Diane is the exact reason that we love where we live. It has been great fun setting up our own little riding school. We are looking to get further involved in local Pony Clubs soon. I’d love to get Matt involved, so if anyone out there has a spare draft horse … (giggle).
Final word …
I already have plenty of clients I can’t wait to visit. I’m looking forward to helping them promote their business in what I believe is the best publication in town.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Gail and the team at Uphill & Schaefer Real Estate for giving me 6 great years with their company.
This story was published in issue 60 of New England Focus