June Manning receives state’s unsung hero award

On Friday, May 20 Representative Tim Madden presented June Manning of Aquinnah with the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) Unsung Heroine of 2011 Award.

The MCSW presents 100 of these awards to deserving women across the Commonwealth each year. The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t make the news, but make the difference in their communities,businesses, or volunteer endeavors, according to a press release.

Representative Madden presented the award personally on the Island Friday to Ms. Manning, who was unable to attend an earlier State House ceremony, last Friday. “June embodies the meaning of unsung heroine in everything she does,” Mr. Madden said. “Although not one to place herself in the spotlight, she works incredibly hard behind the scenes to make sure everyone in her community is well cared for and that their needs are being met.”

Born and raised on the Vineyard, Ms. Manning has provided home care for the elderly and has served on numerous boards on the island, including the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living. She is a tribal historian and genealogist.