Lynne Stevens has spent the past 43 years volunteering many hours for several different organizations. At 16 years old, she began volunteering with underprivileged youth and regularly served in soup kitchens. This early community service was an eye-opener as to the many ways one can help in the community.
She is presently Grand Warden of Manitoba with the IOOF. Lynne is passionate about what the Order stands for. She also belongs to the other three Branches of the Order – Rebekah’s, Patriarch Militants, and the Encampment.
Lynne was blessed with a daughter who spent many years in and out of the hospital. She believes that these experiences taught her many life skills that led her to become an advocate for those in need. She believes that we should also focus on one’s ABILITY and not the disability of an individual.
For the past 25 years, Lynne has volunteered as Mrs. Clause. Every year, she visits many people that have no one to share a holiday smile with and many more that have little to smile about. She currently volunteers with the Manitoba Brain Injury Association, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and is a Fan Ambassador for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
In 1997, Lynne was awarded the City of Winnipeg Community Service Award. She is a Past President of the Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary and is currently District #5 Commander of Ladies Council Manitoba and N.W. Ontario Command. She is a Past President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and has been inducted into the Eagles Provincial Hall of Fame. She is a Past President of the Canadian Royal Purple Association and has also served as Provincial Director. Lynne has also served as a Girl Guides and Scout leader.
We are incredibly thankful to have Lynne on our Board contributing her years of life experiences and commitment to the Lodge and the Order.