Sheilagh O'Leary

Sheilagh O'Leary, City of St. John's Deputy Mayor
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St. John’s native, Sheilagh O’Leary is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker and art educator. As a small business owner, Sheilagh is experienced in the areas of visual media including film, video and stills production, radio broadcasting, education, and not-for-profit organizations specializing in areas of diversity and inclusion.

She has run a successful business for over 25 years. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally, appearing in numerous art journals and publications. She published two books including NL Book award winner “Island Maid: Voices of Outport Women”, which documents rural women’s lives pre-fishing moratorium.
In her many years of advocacy, Sheilagh O’Leary has been a strong, passionate voice in supporting positive change in our communities. She has been an energetic volunteer for over three decades, a nature enthusiast, feminist and a single mother of three. As a person of mixed Euro-Indigenous ancestry, issues of cultural diversity and respect are paramount in Sheilagh’s work. She has been active on numerous boards including North East Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program, The Irish Newfoundland Association of NL, The Canadian Mental Health Association of NL, Clean & Beautiful, The St. John’s Native Friendship Centre, and is a former Co-Chair of Equal Voice NL to name just a few. She has recently become the Co-Chair of St. Michael’s Printshop Board and will be pursuing an MFA in the coming years.
With a bucket list wish to swim a five kilometre open water swim from Portugal Cove to Bell Island, Sheilagh founded and has twice swam the ‘Tickle Swim for Mental Health’, a fundraising, awareness campaign for The Canadian Mental Health Association NL, now in its seventh year.

As elected representative, Sheilagh is honoured to serve as Deputy Mayor for the City of St. John’s and sits as the City's lead for Housing; Board Representative for Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador; the Pippy Park Commission; the Urban Municipalities Caucus; and the Noarteast Avalon Joint Council.