Lynne Cree, MSW, RSW
Lynne was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and moved to Canada at a young age. After moving to Canada, she had her first riding lesson and fell in love with horses. She was lucky to be able to grow up around horses. She had a number of successful years showing on the Trillium and ‘A’ Circuits. During these years, she rode and worked with several different professionals. In 2007, her well known large pony Wotten Nell was inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame.
After taking a break from horse shows, and dealing with her own personal challenges, Lynne returned to school and earned her Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Windsor. She also earned a B.A. Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo, Child & Youth Worker diploma from Mohawk College and Animal Care certificate from Sheridan College.
While at University, Lynne completed two of her Social Work placements at Therapeutic Riding facilities WETRA in Windsor and TEAD in Mount Hope. She later became a certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor through (CanTRA) Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association.
For years, Lynne has had an interest in (EAL / EAP) Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy. She became a Life Member with (EAGALA) Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association and has completed their International Certification. Lynne also completed the Cartier Farms / Dreamwinds Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator course. She has had the opportunity to travel to Scotland, Indiana, and North Carolina to attend conferences and workshops in the field of EAL and EAP.
Lynne has spent the last 10 years working for the HWDSB in a variety of different classrooms with students of varying needs and abilities. She also has experience working at residential facilities, women’s shelters, summer camps with and without horses and programs for young adults. She also had the opportunity to work for a few years as a Community Mental Health Crisis Worker.
Lynne is happy to be able to combine her love for horses with helping people. She owns 5 miniature horses that live at a beautiful farm called Sandy Lane Stables in Brantford. The minis are important members of the team, teaching children and youth in the EAL and other programs. The minis also enjoy going out into the community on visits to the General Hospital, Senior and Day Programs.
Lynne is excited and looking forward to adding Equine Assisted Therapy programs for children and youth with Brant Mental Health Solutions.