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MJD Board Member, Maureen Rooney, Receives 2018 Massachusetts Unsung Heroines Award

posted Jul 20, 2018, 6:16 PM by amcorrieri@mdiasfoundation.org   [ updated Jul 20, 2018, 6:17 PM ]

Michael J. Dias Foundation Board of Director Member, Maureen Rooney, was recently celebrated at the Statehouse in Boston as one of the 2018 Massachusetts Unsung Heroines  She was nominated by Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser for her work with the Michael J. Dias Foundation to treat substance abuse and help families struggling with addiction in the Greater Springfield area.


According to their website, each year the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women partners with state legislators to identify women who make outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities. The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t always make the news, but truly make the difference. They are the women who use their time, talent, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities, and towns.

Grace Dias, President of the MJD Foundation, shared, “Maureen has been an integral part of this Foundation since 2013. We are very grateful for her dedication. Senator Lesser definitely picked the right unsung heroine.”


Dias said in addition to Rooney being an active Board Member she also supports the Foundation  in a variety of roles including:

  • Organizes and facilitates the weekly MJD Support Group

  • Purchases and delivers supplies for Michael’s House

  • Takes the minutes for Board of Director meetings

  • Heads the Scholarship Committee for Michaels House

  • Minutes/Votes & Policy coordinator


Rooney was both surprised and honored to have received the award, commenting, “Many people throughout the state, and here in Western Mass, are working tirelessly to help fight the opioid crisis. This epidemic is killing to many people who are battling the disease of addiction. The Michael J. Dias Foundation, every day, continues to do their part in helping those affected by a substance use disorder and to provide comfort and education to family members. Together we can make a difference in people’s lives.”

Senator Eric Lesser & Maureen Rooney
Senator Eric Lesser & Maureen Rooney