Lynn Zimmer

From journalism to community engagement, Lynn Zimmer works to prevent violence against women and promote equity in Peterborough, Ontario.

Lynn Zimmer has been the executive director of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton for 33 years. YWCA Peterborough Haliburton is a multi-service women’s equity-seeking organization that provides a continuum of services for women and children who have experienced violence and abuse.

Zimmer began her work career as a women’s page reporter for the Peterborough Examiner in 1969. She then moved to Toronto, where she tried law school for a year. Zimmer was one of the founders and first staff of Interval House, Toronto, Canada’s first shelter for abused women. She has been engaged in the work of preventing violence against women for 44 years. Zimmer has also been a Board member and Board chair of the Peterborough Community Police Service. She has had a lively interest in philanthropy ever since she wrote her first direct mail appeal in the 1970s and lots of money from kind strangers arrived in the mail. 

Zimmer holds a bachelor of arts in communication arts from the Université de Montréal (Loyola College). In 2002, she received a master’s in management for the voluntary sector from McGill University.