Dorothy Shephard

MLA for Saint John Lancaster

MLA, Saint John Lancaster

Dorothy Shephard is a lifelong West Saint Johner. She grew up with 3 brothers and 3 sisters and all but one still lives in the area. One brother went to Alberta in 1980.

Dorothy says she enjoyed being part of a musical family, singing with her brothers and sisters until they ‘outgrew their voices’ Her musical taste ranges from Bryan Adams through Garth Brooks, Celine Dion, Elton John and Billy Joel.

Artistically Dorothy expresses a preference for watercolour paintings and points to local artists Susan Mallory Peggy Smith as favourites.

Dorothy enjoys reading autobiographies as well as work by Nora Roberts and John Grisham. But admits the last few years the bulk of her reading has been Government Documents.

It was through reading in 1997 that Dorothy fell into a new discipline as a novelist. While reading, an idea grew into a concept which ultimately led to Dorothy’s first novel, a romantic comedy.

Dorothy is familiar with hard work, starting at 13 years of age while still in school. During high school she worked in the school cafeteria.

After graduating high school, she went to Saint John Vocational School. The alma mater of 2 of her sisters. One had enrolled in Business and the other in Home Economics. Dorothy followed the Home Economics path and wound up as a business person.

Dorothy has been a volunteer all her life, starting with girl guides and student council in middle and high school. She has belonged to IODE since age 20 and is a member of WI and Women in Business.

Among the many causes she supports are Homeless Womens Shelter of Saint John and Bobbys Hospice.

Dorothy spends her precious spare time staying connected with family and friends and cooking and baking-most of which she gives away. She enjoys the simple pleasures of mowing the lawn and tending to the flower garden.

When asked who she admires, Dorothy points to her Mum and also to Julie Dickson a native of Saint John’s lower West side and Order of Canada recipient, who was Superintendent of Financial Institutions during Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s time in government.

Travels have taken Dorothy and her husband Art as far west as Alberta and to all provinces in between. They have been up and down the east coast as far as Cleveland , Ohio and overseas  to England.

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