Ms. Pennell has been giving of her time to make her hometown a better place for more than 45 years.  Rita has served her community as a member of the Home and School Association, the Recreation Commission, the Trepassey Management Board, the Lion’s Club and as a leader in her church, where she has served as a lay reader for more years than even she can recall.  In 1989 Ms. Pennell became Mayor of Trepassey and led her community through one of its most difficult periods, the closure of the town’s fish plant.  Ms. Pennell still serves as a volunteer municipal leader in Trepassey in her current role as Deputy Mayor.