The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women recognized Marie Ryan with a well-deserved Unsung Heroine Award last week. Representative Paul Brodeur nominated Marie for the honor, and she attended the ceremony with her daughter, JoAnne Ryan Amirault, at the Massachusetts State House on June 21.
Marie is involved in many Melrose organizations and events and is particularly dedicated to serving veterans. She works quietly behind the scenes and can always be depended on to make sure things get done—and get done properly—yet she never loses her good cheer. She is a member of the Melrose Melrose Veterans Advisory Board and the Emblem Club, and she has taken an active part in veterans-related events, fundraisers, and food drives in the Melrose community. She has organized and assisted with the Melrose Veterans Memory Project fundraisers, the Veterans in the Classroom events, the Holiday Cards to Local Troops events, Veterans and Memorial Day events, as well as the Melrose/Wakefield Veterans’ Services Monthly Mobile Food Marts. In addition to her veterans-related work, Marie volunteers at the Milano Senior Center, St. Mary’s Parish, and A Servant’s Heart Food Pantry. Above all, she is an incredibly kind and good-hearted person who loves a good laugh and brings smiles to all those around her.
“Marie’s dedication to veterans, patrons of the Milano Senior Center, and her church community demonstrates her commitment to our city,” said Representative Brodeur. “It was a privilege to nominate her for this recognition, and I hope that Melrosians view her as an example to emulate.”
The Unsung Heroines of Massachusetts event to honors Commonwealth women who performed unheralded acts of public leadership and volunteerism.