Susan Kathryn Shiner, daughter, lover, partner, mother, friend, grandmother, folklorist, social worker, community builder, unionist, fierce fearless feminist activist, Vagina Warrior.
45 years ago Susan landed on the shores of the Northern Peninsula from Ontario. She recorded our traditional folk singers encouraging them to perform. Awarded the NL Folk Arts Society Lifetime Achievement Award.
Moving on to St. John’s with her amazing husband Rick Page, making the coolest, grooviest home with their amazing children Claire and Ian, and eventually beloved grandchildren Margaret and Elizabeth.
After co-creating the children’s program at Iris Kirby House, she moved on to Daybreak working with families – always, always empowering mothers and children.
The Governor General’s Person’s Award, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, the YMCA Canadian Peace Medal.
In July Susan moved on again, but her work lives on in the love, hope and optimism she shared with so many. Her last wish – the SKS Daycare Centre for children who’ve lived with trauma. It’s happening!
From Arundhati Roy “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing.”
Thank you Susan Kathryn Shiner.