Nellie Sholund

With great sadness, Port Moody Mayor and Council announce the death of Nellie Sholund, who was a recipient of Port Moody’s highest honour, the Freedom of the City award, in 1998. Nellie passed away on September 22, 2022 in Nanaimo, B.C. at the age of 97. 

“Nellie and her husband, Al Sholund, received the Freedom of the City for their devotion to the community,” said Mayor Rob Vagramov. “They put together Port Moody’s first library and library board, and one of Nellie’s proudest achievements was the development of the children’s library, where she worked for many years. Nellie was also on the executive of the Port Moody Seniors Association and was passionate about helping older adults stay active and connected. She was instrumental in building Port Moody’s sense of community and inclusion for people of all ages, and her legacy will continue to benefit Port Moody residents long into the future.” 

The Sholunds met during the Second World War in Nellie’s home country of England, where Al was stationed. They married in 1946 and moved from England to Canada. In 1956, they settled in Port Moody with their two young daughters, Christine and Pauline. 

Nellie Sholund and Al Sholund are credited with creating the City's museum and historical society. The couple donated countless hours over many years to the restoration of the museum, its artifacts and objects, and the education of both children and adults on the rich and colourful history of this area. Nellie and Al were dedicated community volunteers who participated in the creation and/or operation of many associations that are still operating today. 

Al Sholund passed away in 2016 and Nellie moved to Nanaimo two years later. Al wrote a number of articles on historical topics – they are available to read at

The flags at City Hall (100 Newport Drive) have been lowered to half mast for 24 hours in honour of Nellie and her contributions to the community. The Sholund family has let the City know that there will be no memorial service as per Nellie’s wishes.