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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.

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