Shrewsbury – Elaine LeBlanc was honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2016 class of Unsung Heroines June 22 at the State House in Boston. Representative Hannah E. Kane (R-Shrewsbury) recommended LeBlanc for this recognition because of her lifelong commitment to serving those in her community.
As one of the founding members of St. Anne’s Thrift Shop in 1969, LeBlanc has contributed significantly to the growth of the Thrift Shop and ministry which now includes countless services for those in need of clothing, food and support. She works tirelessly with families to educate them on to how to provide and better advocate for themselves. A true leader and spirit of the community, LeBlanc has touched the lives of so many families and individuals in Massachusetts and across the world.
The Unsung Heroines are 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.
“I am honored to have had the opportunity to nominate Elaine LeBlanc as an Unsung Heroine and am not surprised that she was selected as one of the honorees,” said Rep. Kane. “Elaine has made it her life’s work to improve the lives of anyone that comes to her seeking help; she is the true definition of an ‘Unsung Heroine,’ never wanting or expecting recognition for all that she does to help individuals down a better path. Elaine is a role model for our community, and a constant reminder of how we can all make this world a better place. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to share her accomplishments and contributions with commonwealth.”