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Lynn Gierie has been named the 2021 Maine Mother of the Year Honoree, according to a news release from President Lina Michaud of The Maine Chapter of American Mothers Inc.

Gierie, of Scarborough, will represent all Maine mothers at the American Mothers Inc. National Convention which will be held virtually this year because of the pandemic, according to a news release from Michaud, of Augusta.

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 nonprofit 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, she is dedicated to spending countless hours of her time spreading awareness and raising funds to help support children living with disabilities.

Michaud says Gierie will be a great representative for Maine and its chapter plans to honor her and the 2020 Maine Mother of the Year, Adrian Phair of Oakland, along with all Merit Mothers, from both years, at a special luncheon this May.

“It’s unfortunate that neither, Lynn or Adrian had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C., in person to compete for the National Mother of the Year, for it was the most incredible experience, said Michaud, the 2019 Maine Mother of the Year. I am hoping that they will travel as delegates of our Chapter, in future years,” in the release.