My name is Debbie Hanlon. I am an active community member, a mom and grandmother. I am a real estate broker, a children’s book author, taekwondo instructor, a regular columnist for local, national and international real estate journals and a sought-after speaker and presenter.
I was first elected to St. John’s City Council in 2008 as the Ward 4 Councillor in a by-election; and was then re-elected to this position for the following term (2009 – 2013). Since 2017, I have served as a Councillor at Large for the Capital City.
I have had the privilege of serving on a variety of municipal committees including the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, Downtown St. John’s Committee, the Arts Advisory Committee, the City’s Strategic Economic Roadmap Committee, the Audit Committee, and seniors’ committees and other various boards. I was appointed to lead portfolios that included: Transportation, Tourism and Culture and the City’s new Immigration Committee.
I believe strongly in the value of teamwork, in creating action steps to make things happen, and have always been a person who speaks up on issues that are important to me and to members of the community. I have a longstanding passion for the people and places in our City, and am honored to have had the opportunity to serve on different city councils.
I am inspired by my family, from business colleagues, global visionaries, and by so many of the amazing people in our community.
I have always been a very determined person which has allowed me to build and nurture thriving businesses, write children’s books and international real estate columns, win awards and distinctions, serve as an elected city councillor, and raise thoughtful and self-reliant children.
I believe in building community and seeking harmony and balance in all areas of life. That means making sure that work gets done and finding time for people. My shareable secret is to make time for family and always cultivate meaningful relationships with people in every aspect of life.