Jenn has lived in Ward 1 for over 25 years with her husband, MacDonald Drive Junior High School teacher Dave Walsh; their son, Holy Heart student John; her mother-in-law, retired teacher, Rita Walsh; and their three dogs, Bucky, Muffin and Dobby.
Jenn is blessed to also have her parents, super-senior Fran Deon and 100-year-old WWII veteran Rod Deon, as a part of her bubble.
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 honouring and serving the needs of our veterans and 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, events that honoured remaining World War Two veterans in our province.
Jenn is a former Treasurer of both the NL NDP and the YWCA-St. John’s, and served a term as Vice-Chair of the Resource Centre for the Arts.
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.