HONOURARY CAPTAIN OF THE 17TH TEAM
On Friday June 26th, we lost one of the most vibrant and passionate people most of us will ever have the privilege of meeting. To meet Lynn Macaulay, was to be in the presence of positivity, joy and warmth.
Lynn never did anything half-way; she was 100% invested in anything she took on. She was a presence in any room, often animated with enthusiasm; her big laugh could be heard throughout any space she entered. Her commitment to end homelessness, and her advocacy of affordable housing and of anti-poverty initiatives made her a well-known and respected community leader. She envisioned a world where everyone had a safe, affordable place to call home. Lynn not only believed this was possible, she made others believe it was too. Her ability to inspire others into action through her passion, enthusiasm and optimism was truly exceptional.
Lynn started her work with Lutherwood almost 20 years ago, working as one of our first Housing Counsellors, then as the Housing and Homelessness Umbrella Group (HHUG) Initiatives Coordinator. In her HHUG role Lynn lead numerous community initiatives to end homelessness and create affordable housing in Waterloo Region. She loved facilitating trainings through the Housing Stability Training Centre. Bringing people together to learn and share ideas energized Lynn. She was particularly enthusiastic about National Housing Day celebrations each November, and she was proud to have the privilege of presenting the Housing Awards each year. More recently, she became the Executive Director of All In 2020, leading a Region wide campaign to create affordable housing and end chronic homelessness.
Lynn was an integral part of the HHTH Waterloo Region family and an amazing advocate for the homeless. Lynn will be truly missed.
“The thing I admired the most about Lynn was the way that she threw herself 100% into whatever she did. For example, as a member of the Hockey Helps the Homeless Waterloo Region Committee, not only did she help us organize on the day of the event, but she volunteered to be a game announcer despite admittedly knowing nothing about the game of hockey. But that didn’t stop her from jumping in and learning the names of the NHL Players and Olympians.” - Rob Way, HHTH Waterloo Region Committee Chair.
Wish to donate by cheque? Cheques should be made payable to Hockey Helps the Homeless and mailed to Head Office at 44 East Beaver Creek, Unit #4, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 1G8. Please specify player name in the memo line. Tax receipts will be issued upon receipt of the donation for all gifts $25 and above.