Meet Jenn Deon! She is running in Ward 1.
Jenn Deon has been a resident of Ward 1 for over 25 years with her husband, MacDonald Drive Junior High School teacher Dave Walsh. Her home life also includes their son John; her parents, Fran and Rod; her mother-in-law, Rita; and their three dogs, Bucky, Muffin and Dobby.
Jenn Deon leads PerSIStence Theatre, a local feminist charity, where she is currently overseeing the Votes for Women 100 project. Her professional experience as an Accredited Business Communicator is wide-ranging with many clients and organizations across the province. Jenn is also a certified Respectful Workplace facilitator.
Jenn is currently serving as the Secretary of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56 Pleasantville. Her other volunteer positions in the community include being a former Treasurer of both the NL NDP and the YWCA-St. John’s; she is a founding member of online parent groups for Bishop Field Elementary, Brother Rice Junior High, and Holy Heart of Mary High Schools; and Jenn also founded the province’s Bariatric Surgery Patient Support Group in 2011.
During Snowmaggedon 2020, Jenn organized a neighbour shoveling team to dig out fire hydrants and neighbours in need. She went on to recruit over 400 of her Glenvilla Court neighbours to connect online via NextDoor for the ongoing support and benefit of their area and each other.
Jenn’s acknowledgements include a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013); a Woman of Distinction award (2018); and a nomination for the 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Award for her work in founding PerSIStence Theatre.
We asked Jenn why she decided to run:
’m running for Ward 1 because my commitment to paying it forward has always been firmly based in my community. Whether through my work in running a local feminist charitable organization, or in my volunteering with groups such as the Royal Canadian Legion, my life is about bringing people together to make a difference.
I believe that my voice on Council will help make life better, easier, and safer for all those who live in the neighbourhoods of the East End.
Our City can do so much to support those who need it most. Issues closest to my heart and experience include:
• Community support for seniors and their families
• Promoting the multiculturalism that adds so much value to our community
• Preserving our green spaces and trail systems
• Enhancing road safety on residential streets
As a City Councillor, I will stay closely connected to the issues that impact the residents of Ward 1. One way I plan to do this is by offering to sit as a community representative on the five school councils of our ward: Roncalli Elementary, Vanier Elementary, Macdonald Drive Elementary, St. Paul’s Junior High and Macdonald Drive Junior High (where of course my husband Dave Walsh is an English teacher).
I look forward to being a voice for the residents of Ward 1 and supporting a City that is resilient, responsive, and responsible for all of its citizens.
You can contact Jenn in a number of ways: