On Wednesday, June 17, in the Great Hall at the Statehouse in Boston, the Network’s Co-Chair, Gloria Welch Legvold, was honored for her outstanding contributions to her community and has joined the Massachusetts Commission of the Status of Women’s (MCSW) 2015 class of Unsung Heroines.

State Rep. Michael S. Day recommended Legvold for this recognition because of her long-standing civic engagement and leadership. The following is excerpted from Day’s office press release on Gloria’s nomination.

The Unsung Heroines are women who do not often make the news, but make a 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 the expectation of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together, and every community has them.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I nominated Winchester resident Gloria Welch Legvold as a 2015 Unsung Heroine,” said Day. “Gloria is a community leader, and has promoted civic involvement for decades through her roles as a teacher and an active member of the Winchester League of Women Voters and the Winchester Multicultural Society. Her dedication, unyielding spirit and care for others are a true gift to our community and have enriched the Town of Winchester and its residents. She is an example of how much can be achieved when one person dedicates herself to uniting various groups in our neighborhoods and actively works to improve our communities. Put simply, Gloria is a role model.”

Victoria A. Budson, MCSW chair, said, “Over the last few months we have been moved and heartened by the amazing stories of remarkable women effectively creating community, shaping lives, and living their values. It is an honor and a pleasure to recognize the 2015 Unsung Heroines. We are inspired by their individual efforts and know that these women turn neighborhoods into communities and communities into a commonwealth.”

The Winchester Multicultural Network, long the beneficiary of Gloria’s dedication to the Network’s mission of inclusive community, heartily congratulates her on this award!

The Network also proudly notes that Gloria is our second Board member for this state-wide honor. Sandra Thompson, Founder and Board member, was inducted in the MCSW’s 2013 class of UnSung Heroines. Sandy had been nominated by State Senator ((then State Representative) Jason Lewis, 5th Middlesex District.