Jenn is a highly-qualified candidate for public office, with a long-history of demonstrated community involvement and a diverse skill set.
Jenn has lived in Ward 1 for over 25 years with her husband, MacDonald Drive Junior High School teacher Dave Walsh. Currently their full home includes their son, Memorial University student John; her parents, super-senior Fran Deon and 100-year-old WWII veteran Rod Deon; her mother-in-law, retired teacher, Rita Walsh; and their three dogs, Bucky, Muffin and Dobby.
Jenn Deon works full time as the leader of a local charity, part-time as a marketing and communications consultant, and part-time as a facilitator of Respectful Workplace training for non-profits and small business.
An accredited business communicator, she has worked with clients such as Memorial University, the RCMP, CBC NL, and the Muskrat Falls Concerned Citizens Coalition.
In addition to her administration work in the arts, Jenn is also an occasional professional artist and theatre director with organizations such as PerSIStence Theatre and the Shakespeare by the Sea Festival.
Jenn is currently leading the Votes for Women 100 project that commemorates 100 years in 2021 of women having the right to vote in municipal elections.
Jenn is committed to promoting service remembrance and honouring and serving the needs of our veterans. Jenn is currently serving as the Secretary of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56 Pleasantville.
Recently, Jenn was the lead organizer of Operation Roll Call and the Night At The USO, large-scale community events that honoured remaining World War Two veterans in our province.
Jenn has extensive experience with financial management, both through her work experience and also as the former Treasurer of both the NL NDP and the YWCA-St. John’s.
Jenn is a founding member of online parent groups for Bishop Field Elementary, Brother Rice Junior High and Holy Heart of Mary High Schools; she 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, which continues to be especially valuable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2013, Jenn received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to “honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians,” and in 2018 was named a Woman of Distinction by YWCA St. John’s.
Jenn was also nominated for the 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Award for her work in founding PerSIStence Theatre as a feminist organization committed to advancing economic, political, personal and social equality for the underserved.
Jenn is committed to giving back and ensuring that our community and its citizens continue to thrive.