In 2009, Zane and his wife, Velda traveled to Forest House as "test guests", when Ric, along with a group of partners purchased the eco-lodge. Zane gathered photographic and textual content to design a new website for Forest House.
Also in 2009, Zane started CanIndie, a website dedicated to promoting Canadian Independent Recording Artists. In addition, he started assembling the equipment to build a small, efficient digital recording studio. His inaugural recording projects included a collection of pieces entitled "Forest House Suite". All songs detailed experiences he and V elda had shared during their trip.
When Zane heard Naomi Heffler's story, he was moved and inspred by it. He had never met Naomi, but understood what a wonderful young lady she had to have been, based on the emotion and respect in Ric Driediger's voice as he detailed her story.
Zane and Velda returned to Forest House in 2012, and at the conclusion of this visit a conversation with Ric turned to the possibility of a musical project at Forest House. Thus, the Naomi Project was born.