Shirley was elected to the post in 1990 and served until 1993.
After a two- year hiatus, she resumed position in 1995 to the present. Shirley Shillingford is originally from Jamaica but she has been a resident of Boston for over 50 years. Prior to relocation to Boston she lived and worked in Montreal Canada working for Jamaica at the World’s Fair and again at Man and his World.
She has remained political for 43 years and has been working for City Government for 45 years in different capacities. She has been recognized for her contribution, not only in her community, but also throughout the City of Boston and the Commonwealth including other states where there is a Carnival presence.
More recently”2012″ was honored by the City of New York State Senator for her contribution to the Carnival culture.
In 2008 she was honored by the Boston Public Health Commission as an Outstanding Employee.
2007-she was honored by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as one of Massachusetts Unsung Heroes.
Vice President for the World Carnival Commission
2010-Woman of Distinction Award of Massachusetts
2011-Woman of the year Leadership Award by the Black Woman Leaders of Mass
2012- Mother of the Year- Carib News of New York
2014-Woman of Distinction Award I Massachusetts in Leadership 2016- Trailblazer Award in New York Diaspora
2018- Outstanding Service to the community by Boston Law Enforcement
2019- Was honored by The Mayor of Boston for outstanding service to the community and the City of Boston, and the dedication of the Food Pantry renamed as “Shirley’s Pantry”.
She is currently the Resource and Marketing Coordinator for the Boston Public Health Commission, Healthy Baby Healthy Child, Board member of the Roslindale Health Center, Founder and President of CASA, Honorary Member of Unity Sports
and Cultural Association and Vice President of the Caribbean American Political, Action Committee.
Ms. Shillingford has been the recipient of numerous
community Awards. Her belief is service is the lifeblood of any organization and so she continues to advocate for the more vulnerable in our society. She is a firm believer that with God’s