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O’Leary Committed to Constituency Day meetings if Elected

Sheilagh O'Leary for Virginia Waters(April 2, 2014) Virginia Waters NDP Candidate Sheilagh O’Leary says experience has taught her that the best way to represent people is to actively engage them in conversation where they are most comfortable.

That is why she has committed to holding regular constituency day meetings in the riding if elected on April 9th.

She plans to start things off with a similar style meeting tonight in the multi-purpose room at the Wedgewood Park Community Centre from 6:30 to 8 PM.

“If elected as MHA I will have regular constituency days in different areas of the district so residents can talk face to face about what concerns them,” said O’Leary.

“Not everybody feels comfortable going to the House of Assembly to talk with their elected representative. Not everyone has access to a vehicle or is able to come in during regular business hours.”

“My job as MHA is to listen to people and act on their concerns. Coming to their neighbourhoods is one way I will make myself available to them.”

O’Leary says one of the great pleasures of this or any election campaign is connecting with people.

“Residents of Virginia Waters know me as a strong representative with experience in getting things done for the people I represent,” she said. “I am honoured that so many people have told me they want my voice speaking for them again.

“My commitment, if elected, is to maintain a dialogue with them any way I can – regular constituency days, newsletters, social media, and of course plain old-fashioned knocking on doors between elections are all ways I will use to listen to my constituents. That is what being an MHA is all about to me.”

Residents of Virginia Waters are invited to a Meet and Greet with Sheilagh O’Leary on Wednesday, April 2 at the Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre in the Multi-purpose Room from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or a ride, please contact 739-8822 or email: 

Convention 2014 – Registration now open

(March 13, 2014) In accordance with Article 9 of the NL NDP Constitution, a provincial convention will take place from Friday May 16 – Sunday May 18, 2014 at the Holiday Inn, St. John’s.

Under the theme of MOVING FORWARD, the NL NDP 2014 convention will focus on our shared future in addressing the social and individual needs of the people in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Key activities will include policy resolutions, skills training, keynote panels and speeches, caucus meetings, reports, and the important work of reviewing and voting on constitutional amendments, voting in our party executive and conducting a leadership review vote.

All members are called upon to come together for a weekend of camaraderie, debate, training, inspiration, empowerment and solidarity as we move forward towards the coming provincial election.

Click here to visit the Convention 2014 website for complete details and to register.

Sheilagh O’Leary is NDP Candidate in Virginia Waters

Sheilagh O'Leary for Virginia Waters


(March 6, 2014) NDP provincial president Kathleen Connors is pleased to announce the close of nominations for the party in the district of Virginia Waters for the upcoming byelection.

The candidate for the district will be Sheilagh O’Leary.

“I am very happy to say that Sheilagh O’Leary will be representing the New Democratic Party in the Virginia Waters byelection, whenever the provincial government chooses to call it,” Connors said today. “She has decades of experience as an advocate for people and important issues, and will make an incredibly strong representative for the people of Virginia Waters.”

O’Leary is a former City councilor and an award-winning photographer and film-maker. In two decades of operation, Sheilagh O’Leary Photography produced photographic exhibitions, and public relations and advertising photography for more than 500 clients from the private and public sector.

She is an active and energetic volunteer, and has sat on numerous boards. Most recently, she established the annual Tickle Swim for Mental Health for the Canadian Mental Health Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a member of the newly-reinstated St. John’s YWCA, the St. John’s YMCA, and the Qalipu M’ikmaq First Nations Band.

“I am excited to be representing the NDP in Virginia Waters,” said O’Leary. “I am a passionate, lifetime citizen advocate with a proven record of working towards improved quality of life for people in Newfoundland and Labrador, and I am looking forward to being a strong voice for the people of Virginia Waters.”