Two women with Brewster connections are being honored as “Commonwealth Heroines” for their influential community leadership by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.
Marie Enochty is a longtime Brewster resident who has been an accomplished advocate for children and high-quality education. She now trains teachers and principals in early education for Boston Public Schools. Prior to this role, Marie worked at Cape Cod Children’s Place. She served for 10 years as Brewster’s representative to the Nauset Regional School Committee and over 20 years on the Brewster School Committee. Marie has served as a board member of the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children, the Boston Children’s Museum’s Native American Early Childhood Council, Latham Centers, and the Cape Cod Collaborative. She has advocated for sufficient education funding and ending racism. She holds a B.A in art education and an M.S. in education. State Senator Julian Cyr recommended Marie for this honor.
Virginia (Ginny) Locke, a long-time Brewster resident who now resides in South Yarmouth, is being recognized for her leadership in transforming the Crosby Mansion from an arson-damaged structure on the verge of demolition into a historic restoration success. Ginny, a retired school librarian without historic preservation experience, led the Friends of Crosby Mansion’s efforts for nearly 30 years. She coordinated volunteers and their restoration efforts, held fundraisers and open houses, and managed two cottage renovations on the property that now provide income to support ongoing preservation efforts. Thanks to the Friends’ group, the Town of Brewster leased the property in 2003 from the State. The mansion now stands as a cultural icon featured in art and photography, and hosts weddings and other events. Ginny, now 89, recently turned over her leadership duties but continues to assist at mansion events. State Representation Tim Whelan recommended Ginny for this honor.
Each year the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women recognizes women who may not be in the news but who make their communities better places to live. Their leadership and volunteerism help to advance the status of women and girls in meaningful ways in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency created in 1998 to advance women in the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. This year’s event honoring women from across the state will be held virtually on June 24 on the Commission’s social media platforms.