BOSTON – Last week State Representative Joe McGonagle joined Eliot Center Director of Community Engagement Liliana Patino as she was honored as a 2023 Commonwealth Heroine – nominated by Rep. McGonagle. Patino was honored alongside over 125 women from across Massachusetts who are sometimes unrecognized but always making a difference in their communities. Each heroine was nominated by a Representative or Senator in their district. The Class of 2023 was honored in a ceremony by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) at the State House with remarks from MCSW Chairwoman Dr. Sarah Glenn-Smith and a reception.
“Liliana and I have gotten close throughout the years because she is always there,” said McGonagle. “At every community event or whenever you need her, Liliana shows up. She works tirelessly to provide for those who depend on her, going above and beyond. The Eliot Center and the City of Everett are extremely lucky to have her and I consider myself extremely lucky to call her a friend. She is the embodiment of a Commonwealth Heroine; I can think of no one more deserving and I’m thrilled I was able to nominate and join her at this event.”
Patino has served in various roles at the Eliot Center since 2016, becoming a champion for community needs not only in Everett, but also Malden, Medford, Revere, Chelsea, Lynn and other communities. After working for nearly six years as the director of Eliot’s Family Resource Center in Everett, she was promoted to the Director of Community Engagement at the Eliot Community Behavioral Health Centers anchored in Lynn. She continues to be an advocate for all those who need her.
The MCSW is a state-established body charged with reviewing the status of women in Massachusetts and offering recommendations regarding policy that would improve access to opportunities and equality. The purpose of the Commission is to advance women and girls toward full equity in all areas of life and to promote rights and opportunities for all women and girls. The mission of the Commission is to provide a permanent, effective voice for women and girls across Massachusetts.