Lynn Beyak is an accomplished small-business owner in northwestern Ontario with several years of experience in real estate, insurance, and tourism.
Senator Beyak has been involved in her community since 1982, from classroom volunteer to vice-chair of the Fort Frances-Rainy River board of education. In 1994, she participated in a roundtable for violence prevention in schools that led to the development of a code of ethics, which became a model for school boards across Ontario. She has also participated in organizations working on preventing violence in schools, crime prevention, and education equality.
She chaired the Ontario Parent Council, was a member of the board of directors of the Trillium Foundation, sat on the inaugural board of the Real Estate Council of Ontario, and held a dual licence for real estate and insurance.
She twice stood as a Conservative candidate for the Ontario Legislature in her community - in 1995 and 1999. The expertise she gained from her experience as a candidate, working with constituents, was invaluable in guiding her work in the Senate of Canada.
Senator Beyak strongly believes in the importance of encouraging people to stand for office at all levels of government and that public service should be a respected and dignified occupation.
Senator Beyak resides in Dryden, Ontario.