Representative Muradian Participates in the 2017 Unsung Heroines Day Event

June 21, 2017 BOSTON – State Representative David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton) recently participated in the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2017 class of Unsung Heroines event.

Unsung Heroines are women who don’t typically make the news, but make a strong difference within the town. They are women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others, all while influencing positivity within their neighborhoods. These heroines are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without the expectation of recognition or gratitude. They are the glue that helps keep a community together and everyone is better off because of their contributions.

Donna Girouard and Lisa Nelson, both residents of Grafton, were nominated to be recipients of the Unsung Heroine award.  Donna has spent nearly 35 years acting as the backbone of the Grafton Town Government. She has provided both administrative and technical support for the Town Manager’s Office all while modernizing the workplace for the convenience of residents. Meanwhile, Lisa Nelson has dedicated much of her time advocating for dyslexia legislation geared towards early identification. She aims to raise awareness and empower families to support children with dyslexia in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

While attending the event, Representative Muradian presented citations to both Donna and Lisa in acknowledgement of all their hard work throughout the town.

“The Unsung Heroines day event is a great way to recognize and thank the women who make strong impacts within the Commonwealth,” said Representative Muradian.  “Both Donna and Lisa have dedicated much of their time to improving the lives of residents in not only Grafton, but Massachusetts as well. I am honored to have such influential women within my district, and look forward working with them in the future.”

The ceremony included a program by the MCSW leadership, acknowledging each of the 2017 Unsung Heroines, along with remarks from Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and Representative Colleen M. Garry, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators. It was followed by a group photograph on the Grand Staircase and a desserts reception.

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.

A complete list of this year’s honorees is available by contacting the Commission; to request this list or for additional information please contact the MCSW at 617-626-6520 or

Any constituent who wishes to speak to Representative Muradian or his staff please call (617) 722-2240.

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