Funeral Director on Purpose

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Cam Skipper says that he has never had to write a resume in his life, so the exercise of writing this copy was new!

“I was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1960. I grew up in Guelph and have lived here most of my life. My father owned a funeral home and we lived in the apartment above it. That is how I got interested in funeral service. When I was older I helped my Dad with visitations and services. I learned from my father how to treat people and how to listen to what they are telling you and hearing sometimes what they are not saying.  He also taught me to respect and treat everyone with kindness.

“After graduation at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute (GCVI), I attended Humber College in Toronto for the Funeral Service Program. I received my Funeral Directors License in 1981. I worked at a funeral home in Kitchener for five years before returning to my home town in 1985 to work at Gilchrist Chapel. I have been here for the last thirty-five years. I have been lucky to have a career that does not seem like work and have met many incredible people in those years. I have been married to Barb since 1989 and we have two grown sons, Conor and Carson.”

This conversation that Cam Skipper had with Lynn Thompson in late May 2020 is just over an hour long and full of so much valuable information that it seemed best to leave it intact. Enjoy!

About Lynn Thompson

Lynn Thompson – Host and Producer of Living on Purpose

Lynn Thompson was raised in Ontario in Canada, living in Ottawa through her early school years.  After graduating from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) with a B.A. (Philosophy) in 1978, she traveled west by train across Canada with several stops along the way. For many years, Lynn was based on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, growing as a writer, photographer, postal courier and radio host. In June 2012, Lynn followed the highway to her roots in Ottawa. Now Lynn is based in Aurora (north of Toronto) since 2018, engaged in collaborative creative projects and editing for numerous writers.

Lynn launched into radio broadcasting in 2004 on CHLY in Nanaimo, BC (community campus station) as host and producer of talk show Living on Purpose. Since 2007, Living on Purpose is featured on WomensRadio, where Lynn offers listeners a nourishing blend of ideas and conversation with guestsauthors, musicians, healers, and philosopherswelcoming both new and established voices. In April 2020 Lynn launched The On Purpose Podcast on Podbean.

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