By Laura Hayes, Contributing Writer
SHREWSBURY — Shrewsbury selectman Beth Casavant was recently named a Commonwealth Heroine of 2021.
She joined the ranks of 136 women across the state recognized in a ceremony on June 23, which also locally included the Director of the Marlborough Community Cupboard, Barbara LaGrenade.
The ceremony was held by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.
“Beth has shown us over many years a genuine commitment to improving the lives of those in our community and beyond,” said Rep. Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) in a press release. “She does all of this while raising two daughters, illustrating the life lesson she learned from her parents and one we should all live by; joyfully giving one’s time and talent pays dividends to the communities you call home.”
All of the heroines were nominated by state legislators. Kane nominated Casavant.
According to the commission’s website, Commonwealth Heroines are described as “women who don’t make the news, but make the difference.”
Casavant moved to Shrewsbury in 2008. Originally elected in 2017, Casavant is now in her second term on the Board of Selectmen. She recently served as Chair in 2020. She is also involved in the Shrewsbury Rotary Club while working as the director of an annual golf tournament for local nonprofits.
Before her election to the Board of Selectmen, Casavant was involved in Shrewsbury as a Town Meeting member and as a trustee of the Shrewsbury Public Library. She also spent time helping with various initiatives in her daughters’ schools.
Kane noted that Casavant was “instrumental” in the construction of new schools in Shrewsbury, as well as the town’s new police station. Casavant also led efforts to pass Shrewsbury’s first operational override.
Kane said she appreciated Casavant’s eagerness to step into any role or task.
“No matter what she does, Beth constantly exhibits the true meaning of community service,” Kane said.
Casavant said Kane’s community involvement is an inspiration and added that she was grateful for the recognition.
“I have worked alongside so many talented women who also prioritize volunteerism while balancing the demands of family and career,” Casavant said. “The friendships I have made along the way are the greatest reward.”
Casavant was recognized during the June 22 selectmen meeting by Chair John Samia.
“Beth has done a tremendous amount for our community, and congratulations on your award,” said Samia. “Well deserved.”