Lynn Redekopp

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Lynn Redekopp

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1947 -

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Born Lynn Bardsley on 10 Feb 1947 in Brandon, Manitoba where she started her journalism career as a teen correspondent from Brandon Collegiate Institute to the daily Brandon Sun. The paper eventually hired her as one of the first female news reporters in 1966. She was also a “stringer” (freelancer) for the Winnipeg Free Press. After marrying Dale Redekopp, a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, the couple moved to Ottawa when Lynn worked at the Ottawa Citizen. A transfer to Regina led to work at the Leader-Post and also to the University of Regina as information officer. Moose Jaw followed and work at the Times-Herald. Lynn temporarily retired when Jared, the first of her two sons was born in 1974. Wade followed in 1976. Lynn kept active in the community and one of her volunteer positions was to write the programme for Ken Mitchell’s play The Medicine Line which was done as an old-fashioned broadsheet newspaper. The family first moved to St. Albert in 1977 where Lynn was an active volunteer in the community. It was followed by a second move to Ottawa. Dale returned to 435 Squadron at CFB Edmonton in 1984 and the family settled again in St. Albert. Lynn applied for a part-time job as proofreader at the Gazette and eventually began writing again. Her column “Scene and Heard” chronicled interesting items about local residents while “At Your Service” told about the wonderful work of local service clubs. She also wrote profile pieces on local citizens from all walks of life. In 1991, the family moved to Lahr, Germany where Dale operated the airport at 5 Air Movements Unit (later 1 Air Transport Unit) and Lynn worked as a writer/proofreader at Der Kanadier, the Canadian Armed Forces newspaper in Europe. Lynn retired from newspaper writing when the family returned to St. Albert in 1993. While living in St. Albert, Lynn has helped write/edit newsletters for several organizations including Les Tournesols playschool, 533 Air Cadets and SAVAC – the St. Albert Visual Arts Council. She also was a proofreader for a variety of publications including the Alberta Chamber of Commerce as well as three novels.

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