Centerville Woman Honored with Induction to 2019 Class of Unsung Heroines

Massachusetts State House.

BOSTON – A Centerville woman has been honored by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

Amy Doherty was honored as a member of the commission’s 2019 class of Unsung Heroines.

Representative Will Crocker recommended Doherty for the recognition because of her long-time advocacy for those struggling with addiction and recovery.

Doherty has long been an advocate for those struggling with addiction and recovery. In 2010, Doherty and her family joined with Gosnold to begin hosting an annual road race in memory of her brother titled the David Lewis 5K – A Celebration of Recovery and Community.

Since then, Amy has continued her advocacy through exercise at the Emerson House, where she has led weekly walks and runs, as well as by establishing the non-profit organization, WellStrong.

The WellStrong studio offers a safe, supportive, sober environment that allows people in all stages of recovery to participate in body and mind exercise activities that have been shown to reduce the rates of relapse. Doherty is committed to providing clients with a successful and sustainable life in recovery.

Doherty was honored alongside 130 other Unsung Heroines for her outstanding contributions to both her organization and community in a ceremony on Tuesday in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston.

The Unsung Heroines are women who 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.

The event was made possible with the support of Baystate Health, Eastern Bank, Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies, Kerry Goodwin Photography, Polar Beverages, and SM Lorusso and Sons, Inc.

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.

By TIM DUNN, News Center 

About Tim Dunn

Tim Dunn is a native of south coast Massachusetts, growing up in the small town of Mattapoisett and now resides in New Bedford. He’s worked in the News Center covering everything you need to know about on the Cape.
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