Lonnie was born and raised in Burnaby, British Columbia. She received her teaching certificate at Simon Fraser University, and earned a post-graduate Diploma in Kodaly Music Education at the University of Calgary. She has recently retired from her role as a classroom music specialist in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
Lonnie has always enjoyed a musical life, starting with studying ballet for 11 years. Admiring two pianists in her life (her grandmother and the pianist for her ballet lessons), she began piano lessons and completed R.C.M. Gr. 10. She enjoyed singing in school and church choirs since a teen. As a teacher, Lonnie has directed many elementary school choirs. She has been directing church choirs for 30 years, and has also led a number of children’s choirs.
Lonnie has assisted Ron Klusmeier as choir director for both senior and junior choirs; conducted massed ecumenical choirs for two Christmas CD’s, and various joint choir collaborations for cantatas and visiting authors.