Lynn Foster, Councillor for Ward 4, is currently serving her fourth term as a Member of Council. As a Councillor, Lynn is described as energetic and active. Lynn is committed to making sure that services remain in tact and are not outpaced by the growth of our community.
In her capacity as Councillor Lynn sits on a number of Committees of Council which includes Heritage Richmond Hill (HRH) and the Heritage Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Business Improvement Association. The heritage vision for our Downtown has been a key focus with projects such as the Heritage Richmond Hill School House which is now incorporated into the new Theatre for the Preforming Arts and the preservation and upcoming renovation for the old Hydro Building (also known as the Royal LePage site) at the corner of Yonge and Center. The preservation of the hamlet of Gormley into a Heritage District is an important step that was achieved with the hard work of Heritage Richmond Hill and the upcoming refurbishing and renovation of the original Richmond Hill High School site on Wright Street is another step to preserve and beautify our Ward 4 for all. She has been a constant voice on Council for the importance of the preservation of our built history and while serving on the Heritage Advisory Committee was a founder of the Doors Open project in our Town. Doors Open, now going into its second year, is an extraordinary opportunity for residents to visit and tour local public and private heritage buildings. This event takes place as part of Heritage Village Day and adds a wonderful facet to that great event. The Business Improvement Association is the strong voice for our businesses in the CORE and Lynn is working to bring awareness to the residents of Richmond Hill to the rich shopping experience that is beginning to blossom in our downtown.
As the Councils representative on the Town's Youth Action Committee, Lynn has begun the process of helping to lead a group of youth volunteers to make recommendations for the Youth Park which will be built at Redstone Farm and which will serve the youth in the community for years to come.
Lynn also volunteers on a number of committees that bring fun and exciting special events to the community including the Mill Pond Splash Environmental Festival held in the Spring and the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival held the first weekend of February and going into its 44th year at the Mill Pond. Lynn was a voice for the families in our community who count dogs as a member of the family by supporting the creation of the first test Off Leash Dog Park located in Ward 4.
Ward 4 is also the host to the first Women's Shelter in Richmond Hill. Sandgate Women's Shelter is also the recipient of monies raised from the International Woman's Day festivities on which Lynn sits as a member.
Lynn is also affiliated with Pathways Homebase, our Youth center in Town and is the sponsor of the Homebase Annual Christmas Party which is held in the festive season to allow some of our youth with no family ties, their only Christmas dinner with all the fixings complete with gifts. "I am proud to be able to provide, with the help of my sponsors, a wonderful evening of festive joy for these youth, some of whom will have no other Christmas experience".
Lynn is also proud to have volunteered for many years at the Westbrook Ponies in the Park and provided many sponsorship opportunities for this event.
Lynn also continually mentors fellow women who have stepped up to help our community.
Lynn also served one term as a Hydro Commissioner for Richmond Hill Hydro.
Lynn is married with one son and has been a resident of Richmond Hill for over 50 years.