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Meet Lynn Gierie, 2021 Maine Mother of the Year®

January 27, 2021

About

Lynn Gierie was born and raised in a small community in northern Maine where she learned that determination, perseverance, and hard work build strong foundations for achieving goals. After completing a degree in education she began teaching underprivileged students and has made helping children her life’s mission for the past 25 years. When her son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth he became her inspiration to be an advocate for children and families throughout the state of Maine. Ten years ago she founded Robbie Foundation, a unique non-profit organization that funds equipment and services (not covered by insurance) for children with special needs. Along with being a full-time teacher and caring for a son with special needs, Lynn is dedicated to spending countless hours of her time spreading awareness and raising funds to help support children living with disabilities.

What surprises you most about being a mom?
I am a mom of a son with special needs. I interact with many moms of children with special needs and I witness their strength and determination. I often ask myself how they do it, how they withstand the constant demand, and where they find the perseverance to keep doing it. Then I’m taken aback momentarily as I realize that I’m doing it too. This is what surprises me most. My son has significant needs and relies 100% on my husband and I. I’m grateful that we have been able to keep him healthy and thriving for many years.

Who has been impactful in your journey as a mother? What lessons do you carry with you and share often through motherhood?
The person who has had the biggest impact on me as a mom is undoubtably my husband. He’s been my strongest supporter, my biggest motivator and most inspirational person in my life. He reminds me every day that love and kindness is not just a feeling but a choice we make, and that becoming a mother has given me a chance to express love and affection in the most important way. He has also taught me to always bring out the best in every person I meet. Together we’ve been able to focus on our son’s strengths instead of his weaknesses.

In your experience, what’s the first step in tapping into our maternal energy to positively impact lives around us?
For me, the first step in positivity impacting lives around me is by helping families of children with special needs. I have seen first-hand the needs of these children. My non-profit supports the special needs community and I have made it my mission to advocate for these families. The children’s needs are dire and urgent. Robbie Foundation helps fund adaptive equipment, technology and therapies not covered by insurances. I, along with a small group of people have made a huge impact in the lives of many children. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to serve this community.

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