BOSTON – Christine Tibor of Framingham was honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2018 class of Unsung Heroines, today.
Representative Jack Patrick Lewis nominated her for this recognition because of her unparalleled dedication to the Framingham community.
Tibor was honored with the other Unsung Heroines for her outstanding contributions to the Framingham Adult ESL program and the Framingham schools in a ceremony today, June 20, Great Hall at the State House in Boston.
Tibor was born and raised in Framingham, and attended Framingham public schools.
After graduating from Bridgewater State University, and spending some time teaching in South America and Europe, she began working for the Framingham Public Schools, where she has worked for the past 33 years.
In her time in the Framingham schools she has held several positions, including as an Elementary English as a second language teacher, Acting Director of Bilingual Education, as Director of the Framingham Adult ESL program, and currently serves as the Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement.
Since being hired in 1984 as the Adult ESL program’s first teacher, she has overseen the growth of the program from one to 35 classes, and from 30 to 800 students each semester, with a waiting list of over 700 people.
Through this program she has worked to achieve her aim of helping area newcomers to improve their English skills and achieve the dreams they have for themselves and their families.
“I was excited to nominate someone who has made such a different in our community,” said Representative Lewis. “Christine has greatly contributed to what makes Framingham a great city, and our community is grateful for her service and leadership.”
“I was honored to have been nominated by Representative Jack Lewis. It was amazing to be included with such an incredible group of women who are doing such fantastic work on behalf of the communities all across the Commonwealth,” said Tibor.
The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t make the news, but make the difference.
They are the 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.
These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community is better because of their contribution.
The ceremony included a program emceed by MCSW Chair Margot Parrot, acknowledging each of the 2018 Unsung Heroines, along with remarks from Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, Senate President Harriette L. Chandler and Representative Colleen M. Garry, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators. The ceremony was followed by a group photograph and a “Just Desserts” reception.
This event was made possible with the generous support of the following sponsors: Baystate Health, Eastern Bank, Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies, Kerry Goodwin Photography, Polar Beverages, and SM Lorusso and Sons, Inc.
The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities.
The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts.
Photos courtesy of Rep. Lewis