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“Livable Dedham” Co-Founder Named as an “Unsung Heroine”

Representative Paul McMurtry honors Dedham resident at the State House.

Representative Paul McMurtry and The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women honored Dedham resident Diane Barry Preston as a member of the 2016 class of “Unsung Heroines.” Representative McMurtry recommended Ms. Preston for this recognition based on her outstanding leadership and continued efforts to improve Dedham for the senior population. Ms. Preston recently attended a ceremony along with over one hundred Unsung Heroines from across the Commonwealth at the Great Hall at the Massachusetts State House.

Diane Barry Preston’s latest initiative, “Livable Dedham” calls on her passion of encouraging healthy engagement and opportunities for all residents, young and old. Diane has been facilitating monthly meetings with a wide variety of residents and community leaders securing state grant for funding to see the long list of plans come to fruition. Diane believes strongly that communities need support for older adults and help them feel more connected to the community, “When people are engaged in giving back, they feel useful and have better physical and mental health,” she said.

“Diane exemplifies the kind of person this award epitomizes,” said McMurtry, “I’ve witnessed first-hand Diane and have seen her dedication and passion towards making Dedham a better place for all residents and I couldn’t be more proud of her and her important work.” 

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was created by the legislature 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.