College Point resident named Women of Distinction honoree

Senator John Liu with Jennifer Shannon (photo courtesy of John Liu’s office).

State Senator John Liu recognized College Point resident Jennifer Shannon Tuesday for many civic contributions to her community. She was named by Liu as a 2022 Women of Distinction honoree for her various services.

Shannon has spent 26 years serving as a public school teacher in New York City. She also serves as the president of A Better College Point Civic Association, chairperson of the College Point Memorial Day Parade Committee and a volunteer for All About Rabbits Rescue. Additionally, she is a small business owner in her community and also serves as a guardian for animals in need of rescue and support.

“Jennifer Shannon is an activist of the highest caliber who always keeps a finger on the pulse of her local community,” Senator Liu said. “Throughout her career as a public school teacher and especially these last few years during the COVID-19 pandemic, she has demonstrated remarkable integrity and character that exemplifies what it means to be a good neighbor and public servant. For her tremendous contributions to our community, to those in need and to the entire city of New York, we offer our deepest gratitude and we proudly name her our 2022 Woman of Distinction.”

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shannon organized a team of volunteers to support College Point’s food pantries. Known as A Better College Point Civic Association, the team also provided “thank you” meals for first responders. They also aided community members in resolving issues by connecting them to the appropriate city agency and/or local elected official. Then-Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams recognized her as a “COVID Hero” for her hard work and dedication, giving her a citation award.

Shannon began working for the College Point Memorial Day Parade Committee as a volunteer in 2014. She began taking on more and more responsibilities each year, eventually earning the title of chairperson of the committee.

Abandoned rabbits aren’t the only animals that Shannon has rescued and provided support for. She, along with a great group of volunteers, has helped rescue dumped guinea pigs, stray cats and lost dogs from the College Point area as well as neighboring communities.

“I am honored to be chosen by Senator John Liu for the 2022 Woman of Distinction award,” Shannon said. “In my current positions as president of a Better College Point Civic Association and chairperson for the College Point Memorial Day parade committee, I am supported and strengthened by many other dedicated volunteers. Their endless support makes my efforts easier and less challenging. Thank you Senator Liu for this honor and your support over the years.”