(BOSTON) – The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women gathered alongside legislators in the Great Hall to honor women from various municipalities across the state as members of the Unsung Heroines Class of 2018. Unsung Heroines are nominated and honored by state legislators annually for their dedication to making a difference in their communities.
The women serve as mentors, volunteers, and leaders that enrich their neighborhoods and communities without the expectation of receiving recognition. Without the hard work and dedication of these inspiring women, cities and towns across the Commonwealth could not provide the vital services and talents that these women bring to their local groups and organizations.
Representative Linda Dean Campbell nominated Linda Buell of Methuen as a member of the Unsung Heroine Class of 2018. Linda is deeply involved and committed to serving the Methuen community. She is currently the Vice President and Branch Manager of the People’s United Bank in Methuen and will begin her third term as President of the Methuen Exchange Club in July.
Prior to election as President of the Exchange Club, Linda rose through the ranks serving as Treasurer, New England District President, Secretary, and Division Director. The Exchange Club is nationally known for the work they do around child abuse prevention and support for youth. The Methuen branch supports this mission through its work with local organizations and community partners, most notably in support of the children at St. Ann’s Home in Methuen.
Linda is also involved with the Michael B. Christensen Family Support Center in Lawrence, which seeks to reduce child abuse and neglect by helping families develop necessary social supports and coping skills to raise a stable family. Finally, she was a member of the Board of Trustees at Berkeley Retirement Home.
Linda’s selflessness and dedication to her community are derived from her passion for the residents of Methuen as well as the challenges she faced caring for her late husband, Paul, and her miracle baby, Chelsea, who was born at only two pounds. Despite her personal struggles and sacrifices, Linda still has the drive to serve others and has instilled that same passion in Chelsea who is also a member of the Methuen Exchange Club.
“Linda is a truly exceptional member of the Methuen community and her heart is as big as a heart gets,” said Rep. Campbell, “she radiates the pure joy of people who give at every opportunity they can.”