COMMUNITY members of Brighton Municipality were saddened by the passing of one of its wonderful stalwarts, Lynette (Lyn) Garlick last month.
Lyn worked hard for her community all her life and has been at the side of husband and long-time Brighton councillor, Wayne Garlick, advocating with him on behalf of the community.
Lyn died after a battle with cancer. It was this battle that saw Lyn undertake some of her hardest community work during the most difficult time for her personally to fundraise for scalp cap freezing technology that assists in chemotherapy treatment of cancer.
One of her greatest achievements in this fund-raising effort was when Lyn and the ‘Pink Army’ presented the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) Oncology Unit a cheque for $11,000 to buy a second scalp cooler for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Lyn was one of the first RHH patients to use a scalp cooler and it was during this time she championed the fund-raising effort within the Brighton community to raise money for another machine. The scalp cooler is a safe way to reduce hair loss during treatment and helps with the psychological distress caused by hair loss
Lyn was most particularly well known for the work she undertook in family day care where she volunteered for more than 20 years. She treated the children in her care as if they were her own and would organise Christmas parties for the children each year.
Lyn was also a volunteer in the community for the Tasmanian Ambulance Service and the Brighton Lions Club.
Her family remembered some of her favourite things, particularly her delightful Christmas light display each year. She won a prize for her display and was proud of her efforts which she felt helped brighten Christmas for others in her community.
Lyn was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren and was a wonderful support to Wayne. Brighton Community News extends its sincerest sympathies to Cr Garlick and the family. Lyn will be sorely missed.