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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 441 The importance of family is clear to all in Lynal’s decision to relocate to B.C. when he obtained a position with the Cranbrook Crown office in 2005. Tania’s parents were resident in the West Kootenay area and Alvin and Eva moved to Cranbrook a few years later. Lynal’s farming roots are strong and despite the sage advice of his new colleagues to “buy in town” Lynal chose to purchase a 20-acre parcel outside Cranbrook with room for a pool, stable and a pony or two. In true Mennonite fashion he relishes his connection to the land and in the summer he can be found repairing/building fences, renovating his house and fixing the rather weathered gazebo that provides a welcome poolside meeting place for friends and family. Lynal is truly a farmer at heart, right down to the prized owner’s cap of his very own John Deere tractor! Despite his asthma and allergies Lynal decided to pursue athletics at a later age and quickly found training for and participating in triathlons to be to his liking. After completing a number of Olympic-length triathlons Lynal set about training to pursue the brass ring, the Oscar, the holy of holies of all triathlons: the Ironman. He completed his first, and so far only, Ironman in 2011. It remains to be seen whether he will be satisfied by participating in the annual sprint triathlon at Wasa Lake. Lynal’s calm demeanour, intelligence, easy-going nature and thoughtful approach to his files were noted within a short time of his joining of the Cranbrook Crown office and he was appointed Administrative Crown on his path toward regional domination. Not surprisingly given his involvement in the Fort McMurray Bar Association, he participated at all levels of the executive of the Kootenay Bar Association, eventually becoming the president in 2010. Not content simply to rule the Crown office and the local bar he determined to rule all of the Kootenays and in 2012 was elected a bencher of the Law Society of B.C. for Kootenay County, a position to which he was re-elected in 2013 and 2015. While a bencher he was chair of the Credentials Committee and subsequently chair of the Unauthorized Practice Committee. He thoroughly enjoyed his time contributing to the bar as a bencher and says that of all the various positions he has held he will miss being a bencher the most. Being a civic-minded individual (and as if life as an Administrative Crown and bencher were not enough to fill his plate) Lynal joined the board of the Kimberley Skating Club when his daughters were highly involved in figure skating. He held the position of president of that club for four years. He described board meetings as at times highly emotional and volatile, requiring a great deal of diplomacy and stickhandling, something the legal profession and his experience as a Crown counsel thankfully prepared him for. He


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