Derm Flynn

Former Mayor Appleton

Dermot (Derm) Flynn has had a very distinguished career on the Island and in Labrador. He spent 32 years in municipal government – eight years as mayor and deputy mayor of Wabush and 24 years as mayor and deputy mayor of Appleton. He was the president of the Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador from 1999 to 2000 and was the Chair of the Waste Management Advisory Committee which informed the development of the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy.

Mr. Flynn moved to Appleton in 1991 and has been keen to find new ideas to benefit his town. Under Mr. Flynn's leadership, Appleton has improved the ecosystem of the Gander River with the successful construction and implementation of an Abydoz Wetland Treatment Facility in 2006-07 which has won numerous awards for its treatment levels, innovative design and its green method of treatment. Mr. Flynn has been very involved with the Provincial Tidy Towns program garnering Appleton wins in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2016.

He is a life member of the Association of Kinsmen Clubs of Canada, was inducted into Softball Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame, and in 2012, was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Because of his efforts and those of the people of Appleton during 9/11, Mr. Flynn is being portrayed in the Broadway musical "Come From Away". He is married to Dianne Flynn (née Downey) and they have two sons, Craig and Colin.

9:10 - 9:45

Friday 14th May


On September 11, 2001, Gander, became a safe harbor for 38 international aircrafts, their passengers, crew and some animals. Derm Flynn was the mayor of nearby Appleton during 9/11. He was involved in many of the local efforts during that time and is one of the characters portrayed in the musical “Come From Away”. How do you deal with an incident such as this and can you prepare for it? Mr. Flynn will give his account of how the people of the Gander area were at their best during this terrifying experience.