The impending retirement of Deputy Mayor Shannie Duff will leave the City of St. John’s in a large deficit position: a loss of knowledge, a loss of leadership and energy and, most of all, a loss of someone with diligence, preparedness and attention to detail.
Shannie Duff, a born and bred townie, was steeped in the city’s history, culture and heritage. Her knowledge and love of the city is second to none.
She has served as councillor, deputy mayor and mayor and also as MHA for St. John’s East. Shannie, like many politicians, met with success and failure, victory and defeat. None of these events were ever met with overindulgence in self-congratulation or loss of personal esteem.
Shannie entered public service with high energy and a commitment to see the city grow and develop while preserving St. John’s unique built heritage and character.
It was a sometimes unpopular challenge, but over time she persevered, winning support and friends who backed her agenda. As she leaves council, her energy is still high and the citizens of the capital city will miss her.
I lived in St. John’s for over 30 years and I know she made a difference. I also supported her in many of her campaigns and cannot be described as giving an unbiased opinion.
However, I could not let her departure go unnoticed without some tribute.