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Patricia 'Lynn' Orstad


January 30, 1954 - February 3, 2021
It's been one year since we lost our great friend Lynn. Not a day goes by when we don't think of, or are reminded what knowing her meant to us. She would have been in her element helping everyone get through our Mother Nature Challenges of 2021
On February 3 Lynn had her last trip to her beloved getaway in the Sunshine Valley. Her sudden passing left behind a lifetime of community work, both in her career and in her retirement as an amazing and a very involved volunteer.
Originally born in California, Lynn and family came to Canada and eventually settled in Chilliwack. Predeceased by her brother, Mother and Father, Lynn devoted her life to helping others.
A career that spanned more than 30 years working in Disaster/Emergency Management, Lynn's passion and leadership skills led her to many parts of the world during the most trying times.
In 1992 she worked with women and children who had lost everything due to the destruction of Hurricane Andrew in Florida.
Soon after that she worked for the Red Cross (Red Crescent Societies) providing humanitarian relief for people fleeing Bosnia. Then to the Federal Government and to Sarajevo working to help women and children that were victims of crime in that country.
Next to the UNHCR again working with refugees fleeing from Rwanda. In the early 2000s she represented Canada on the UN Expert Group in Natural Disasters.
Lynn then went on to create two JIBC diploma programs, Incident Command Management System and the International Emergency Management program.
After her world travels Lynn began a career with Fraser Valley Regional District in Fire and disaster relief planning. She has worked with community groups all over BC and continued even in retirement to assist and offer her vast expertise.
Lynn had a great love and passion for the First Nations people and worked with many bands over the years. Their respect for one another was mutual and many friendships developed.
She finally found a wonderful getaway and developed many great friendships in her new escape to the Sunshine Valley. Not one to sit still, she once again became involved in the community becoming the President of the Ratepayers Association. Energy, enthusiasm, and countless ideas to help the community were just some of the things that Lynn brought to the table.
Lynn continues to be missed by her close friends Peter and Frances and her close friend of more then 40 years Marion. Our friendly loyal, passionate, caring and giving "Viking Queen" with a heart of gold has moved on to a peaceful place. Always in our hearts.
Due to COVID-19 regulations, a service will not take place at this time, however, a celebration of her remarkable life will take place on an upcoming warm summer afternoon in the Sunshine Valley. If you would like to be apart of this day, please email Peter Adamo at