WILMINGTON, MA — Earlier this week, Wilmington resident Jomarie O’Mahony was named one of the state’s “Unsung Heroines” by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women for her valuable, yet sometimes unnoticed, contributions to Wilmington.
According to the Commission, “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. 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.”
Wilmington’s State Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) nominated O’Mahony for the honor. In his letter to the Commission, he wrote, in part:
“Jomarie has always worked on behalf of the greater good. She organized the Women of Wilmington, a group of women who work on behalf of both the town and its residents. Through their online and offline presence, the group found ways to volunteer, rally, and organize in order to address community issues, lift those in need out of troubled waters, and make lasting connections in the business community. Jomarie is a log-time successful lawyer and business owner, and her main focus is on helping the less fortunate with their legal problems. She is now dedicated to the Department of Children and Families, and works to help those she represents to the best of her ability.”
In addition to being founder and president of WOW (now “We’re One Wilmington”), O’Mahony is a past president of the Wilmington Educational Foundation and has been an active volunteer at her church and with numerous youth sports organizations in town. She received the “Wilmington Good Guy” Award in 2011, and her commitment to volunteering within the community remains just as strong five years later.
O’Mahony was one of 125 women from across the Commonwealth honored at a State House ceremony on Wednesday.
O’Mahony follows in the footsteps of several other recent Wilmington winners, including former Historical Commission Chair Carolyn Harris, retired School Superintendent Joanne Benton, “Heaps of Hope” founder Holly Walton, and teacher Donna Murphy.
Cheers to you, Jomarie!
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