About Us

lynda

The Back in 5/Luminotions videos are the collaborative effort of musicians, Michel Allard, Kelly Waker (http://www.kwalker.com), Lou St. Clair ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/ UCO6zxvFbLmm08yPi3zJ_iyg ), Bob Burchill (bobburchill.com) and Angus Sinclair who generously allowed their music to paired with photographs and video taken by Lynda Weston. All our work has been underpinned by Dave McMillan, chief tech support and unfailing cheerleader.
Lynda researched, conceived, edited and produced the series of Back in 5 videos to support and aid people living with brain confusion and their caregivers.
Over the past 12.5 years Lynda Weston has been the Spiritual Care Coordinator and co-chair of the Palliative Care Committee at Spruce Lodge long term care facility in Stratford, Ontario. The initial inspiration for the making of videos arose when she came across a series of selfportraits by American/British artist William Utermohlen. Diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, Utermohlen, with the encouragement of his wife and caregiver, he continued to paint as long as he was able. The portraits present the moving and frightening transformations taking place inside his head.
Lynda saw them as a singular opportunity to enlighten others – particularly those caring for people with dementia. Wishing to present them in as powerful away as possible, she turned the portraits into a twelve minute movie with an original musical score written for the film by Michel Allard. The film has since been used in staff training and professional workshops to powerful emotional effect.
Initially trained in the performing arts, Lynda spent several years in Montreal working in television, film, radio drama and voiceover work. She also wrote scripts for Screen Gems People in Conflict series.
Back in Ontario she continued her writing career as theatre critic for the Stratford Beacon Herald as well as contributing numerous articles to Peter Gzowski’s Morningside and The Globe and Mail. In 1998, life evolved in a new direction and she headed back to university at age 50. She completed her B.A. in religious studies at the University of Waterloo and went on to attain her M.Div. at Huron College, University of Western Ontario.
She was instrumental in setting up a centre for creative spirituality at Christ Church in London and in 2004 began her journey with Spruce Lodge. She retired from this position in 2016 to spend her time on the creation of Back in 5. On September 1, 2016 the You Tube channel was launched ensuring that the videos would be available to everyone.
She is also creator and facilitator of a workshop series, Dancing With Death; Enriching Your Life (http://dancingwithdeath.ca). Communication of one form or another has been the focus of most of Lynda’s life. Her time at Spruce Lodge provoked a strong desire to find ways to communicate with people with confused brains especially those in the non-verbal stage; and to train and support caregivers in their efforts.