Friday, March 09, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Shannie Duff Recommended to Receive Freedom on the City

On Monday, March 12 at their regular meeting, Council will consider a recommendation to award former mayor and community advocate Shannie Duff with the Freedom of the City. Ms. Duff was nominated for the city's highest award by Deputy Mayor Sheilagh O'Leary, who says in her nomination: "It is not possible to calculate the accumulated worth that Shannie Duff has offered the citizens of the City of St. John’s through her political, professional and community efforts."

First elected in 1977, Ms. Duff successfully won eight municipal elections.

She was the founding chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador affiliate of Cabot Habitat for Humanity Canada and a founding member of The Newfoundland Historic Trust, The St. John’s Heritage Foundation, St. John’s Clean and Beautiful, The Quidi Vidi Rennie’s River Development Foundation, Equal Voice NL, the Eastern Regional Health Care Foundation and the Bannerman Park Foundation.

Among her many awards and accolades, Mrs. Duff received the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, honorary life membership in the Newfoundland Historic Trust, the Heritage Canada Foundation National Award of Honour and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2003 for outstanding community service and she was also awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree for her remarkable record of public service and leadership from Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador.