By Elizabeth Hacala
Bedford resident Ann Guay was honored as an Unsung Heroine on June 21. Guay was welcomed at the State House by State Representative Ken Gordon and State Senator Mike Barrett. The Massachusetts Unsung Heroine Award is given by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women to recognize the invaluable contributions of women across the Commonwealth to their communities.
“If you took any one of the ways Ann Guay contributed to our community that would be enough for her to be recognized and honored at the State House, but the number of ways she has made a difference in our lives in Bedford and the Commonwealth, it is overwhelming”, Rep. Gordon said.
Guay has served the Town of Bedford and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for more than 20 years as a tireless advocate for children with special needs and economically disadvantaged families. A member of the Bedford School Committee, she also serves on the Board of Massachusetts Advocates for Children, the Massachusetts Autism Commission, AFAM – Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts, and the Nashoba Learning Group Human Rights Committee. A trained attorney, Guay was instrumental in the passage of the Children’s Autism Medicaid Waiver Program. As a Volunteer Coordinator for the Bedford Housing Task Force, she coordinated assistance for families in transition placed by the Commonwealth in a Bedford hotel; she organized and executed a program that provided bagged lunches, school supplies and backpacks to the children to support them during this difficult period in their lives.