by Captain Peter S. Milsom, RCN (Ret’d), Past President, Kemptville Branch, Navy League of Canada
The Branch Board is pleased to announce that Shannon C. Wright has recently been elected as its new Branch President at its Annual General Meeting. Our new President brings a wealth of professional experience to the role, and is passionate about change management and transformative leadership. Shannon currently occupies a management-level position within Health Canada, holds a university degree, has formal training as a microbiologist, and has fourteen years of experience as a regulatory scientist working within the field of infection prevention and control. Given our recent years of COVID challenges, she is clearly a handy person to have around!
Further, Shannon’s professional leadership, project and people management skills have earned her numerous departmental Excellence Awards, and these skills will serve her well with Board and community relations in Kemptville. Her fluency in both official languages will also bring communication dividends.
Outside of her professional capacity, Shannon has diverse personal interests and hobbies, keeping active with Kemptville’s women’s hockey league and a local mixed slopitch league, and having earned her 200-hour yoga teacher certification over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also demonstrated passion and commitment for volunteering, showing a keen desire to volunteer
in local events within North Grenville, and having previously served as Treasurer and Ladies’ Representative of her Curling Club. Shannon has previously led the children’s program within her church and continues to serve as a youth leader within its youth program.
As the Navy League of Canada Naval Cadet Program is a national, federally incorporated, not-for-profit, volunteer based educational youth charity for youth aged 9 to 18 years, Shannon’s professional and volunteer experiences combine to make her an ideal person to lead the Kemptville Branch of the Navy League of Canada into a post-COVID rejuvenation of the Cadet Program for our great young cadets in the area. Shannon currently has two children in the naval cadet program, with a third looking forward to joining this fall.