Ann Brooks of Auburn was one of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s Unsung Heroines of 2014. Ann was recognized for her volunteerism and unwavering commitment to seniors in Auburn. The 82 women who were chosen come from cities and towns across the Commonwealth and each were recognized for their outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities in a ceremony on Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 1-4 p.m., in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston.
The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t always make the news, but truly make the difference. They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community has them.
MCSW Chair Victoria A. Budson said “We are inspired by the heroines’ individual efforts and know that these women turn neighborhoods into communities and communities into a commonwealth.”
“It was an honor for me to nominate Ann as an unsung heroine. At 94 years of age she is a real dynamo. She is always at the senior center making sure new attendees feel welcome and that everyone there feels included as part of the community,” said Senator Moore.
“Ann certainly deserves this recognition. She is a tireless worker in helping others and the community. She is outspoken and not afraid to have her opinions heard on important matters.” said State Representative Paul Frost.
The ceremony included remarks from Speaker DeLeo and Caucus of Women Legislator Co-Chairs Senator Gale Candaras and Representative Ruth Balser, and acknowledged each of the 82 Unsung Heroines of 2014.
The Commission’s annual Unsung Heroine initiative is underwritten by these private sponsors and no tax dollars are used to fund this event.
The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts.