Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2018 Unsung Heroines

The 2018 Unsung Heroines ceremony took place today in the Great Hall of the State House to honor and recognize extraordinary women from every corner of the Commonwealth for their accomplishments and service to others. Two of our honorees, Carol Pallazolla and Susan Williams Canning are women from Gloucester.

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women created this initiative 15 years ago as a way to celebrate those who create positive changes in the lives of others. I am grateful that each of the women honored today have volunteered their time, efforts and talent.

Susan has volunteered with the Cape Ann Veterans Services Office for two decades and she is instrumental in the city’s Memorial and Veterans Day services and parades. Her dedication to our service men and women both past and present is well known and greatly appreciated.

For more than 15 years Carol Pallazolla has volunteered to help bring pain relief to elders suffering from arthritis. She teaches pain relief classes, works with amputees, serves on several area non-profit boards including the Independent Living Center, and she is a driving force behind the Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series.

Congratulations to all of the women and join me in thanking them for making their communities better places to live.