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Ann MacLean Award

The Ann MacLean Award for Outstanding Service by a Woman in Municipal Politics recognizes retired women municipal politicians who have shown exemplary service to their community and constituents and to mentoring women who want to run for elected office. It is named in honour of FCM Past President, Ann MacLean, who led FCM´s campaign to increase the number of women in municipal politics across Canada.

Current Recipient

Suzanne (Shannie) Duff


Shannie Duff was born in St. John's, NL.  A nursing graduate from Montréal's Royal Victoria Hospital, she also holds a BA degree in Sociology from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.

She was first elected to the St. John's Municipal Council in 1977 and - during over 30 years in municipal government - has been a champion of urban planning, heritage conservation, affordable housing, parks and recreation, the environment, and the municipal role in supporting the arts.  She has been a strong and consistent voice for a livable and sustainable city, and has served as a board member with Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Throughout her career she has mentored young women interested in political life; offering support and advice to newly elected Council members.

Shannie has volunteered with many non-profit organizations at local, provincial and national levels, and has been recognized with awards such as National Volunteer of the Year from Habitat for Humanity Canada, Heritage Canada's Gabrielle Léger Medal for Lifetime Achievement, and a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellowship. She is a recipient of the Queen's Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee Awards, and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2003.

Page Updated: 02/06/2014