DERMOT (DERM) FLYNN
Dermot (Derm) Flynn was born in Placentia Bay in 1947. Flynn has had a distinguished career on the Island and in Labrador. He spent 32 years in municipal government — eight years as mayor and deputy mayor of Wabush and 24 years as mayor and deputy mayor of Appleton, a position he still holds. Flynn moved to Appleton in 1991 and has been keen to find new ideas to benefit the town. The Appleton Winter Festival celebrated its 25th year in February and he has been a committee volunteer since its inception. Under his leadership, Appleton has improved the ecosystem of the Gander River with the successful construction and implementation of an Abydoz Wetland Treatment Facility in 2006-07 that won numerous awards for its treatment levels, innovative design and green method of treatment. Flynn has been involved with the Provincial Tidy Towns program that has garnered Appleton wins in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2016. He is a life member of the Association of Kinsmen Clubs of Canada, was inducted into the Softball Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame and, in 2012, was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Because of the efforts of the people of Appleton, Flynn is portrayed in the Broadway musical “Come From Away.”
Dermot (Derm) Flynn of Appleton is presented with a 2017 Seniors of Distinction award last week by Children, Seniors and Social Development Minister Lisa Brown, during an awards ceremony at the Capital Hotel in St. John’s Oct. 3.