Barbara Nealon Named ‘Unsung Heroine’ of 2018

June 21, 2018

Barbara Nealon was one of 130 honorees named ‘Unsung Heroines’ by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women on Wednesday, June 20th at the Statehouse. Ms. Nealon was one of two honorees representing the city of Fitchburg, MA.

Each year, the Commission partners with state legislators to identify women who make outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities. Each legislator is encouraged to submit one woman from their constituency as a means of recognizing their invaluable yet, perhaps, unnoted, community contributions. 

The Commission uses this annual award to highlight women ‘who don’t always make the news, but truly make the difference’. Honorees 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 expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community has them.

Barbara Nealon began her career at Heywood Hospital in 1983 as a medical social worker, then assuming the role of Director of Social Services in 1991. Currently, she serves as the Director of Social and Multicultural Services for both Athol and Heywood Hospitals and is the co-leader of the Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force.

Ms. Nealon is also on the board for the Community Health Network Area of North Central Massachusetts, the executive board of Three Pyramids/North Central Massachusetts Minority Coalition and co-leads the Health Equity Collaborative Committee.