Susan Riccio, who for years has supported and advocated on behalf of Methuen’s older residents, received a Commonwealth Heroine honor for her work at our Senior Activity Center.
She was among 90-plus women recognized during a June celebration at the Statehouse’s Great Hall of Flags. Riccio, the center’s longtime activity coordinator who now works as assistant director, was nominated by freshman state Sen. Pavel Payano. For many years, Riccio has penned the Seniors in Motion column for MethuenLife.
“The Commonwealth Heroine Celebration is an opportunity to recognize the women across the state who don’t always make the news, but who are truly making a different in their communities, businesses or volunteer endeavors,” is how the honor is described.
Recipients were selected by the state Commission on the Status of Women.
As activity coordinator, Riccio “organizes and oversees events, helping elderly residents stay active and independent. Susan also works tirelessly to assist seniors and veterans in accessing state benefits and programs and ensures they have support every step of the way,” according to a writeup in the event program. “Through this work, she witnessed the challenges seniors face when applying for needs-based benefits and services. Susan worked with former state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell on legislation that would help streamline the process of applying for SNAP benefits. Today, Susan continues to be a strong advocate for seniors in the city of Methuen.”
“It was an honor to nominate Susan Riccio as a Commonwealth Heroine in my first year as a state senator,” said Payano, D-Lawrence. “Susan has earned her reputation in the community as a strong advocate for not only seniors but any resident in need through her tireless work and warm personality.”
“I accepted this award on behalf of the entire staff at the Methuen Senior Center,” Riccio said. “It’s truly a team effort, and I’m lucky to have such collaborative and dedicated colleagues. I’m grateful to be in a position to help those in our community and look forward to the work ahead.”