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UPCOMING EVENTS:  **The Next BCW meeting is scheduled for: Wednesday,May 7, 2014 at 7:15pm at the Brookline Health Department, 2nd Floor Library, 11 Pierce Street, Brookline, MA.  The BCW typically meets monthly on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:15pm at the Brookline Health Department.  The April 2014 monthly meeting has been canceled.

Interested in Meditation? The Brookline Health Department is co-sponsoring the following upcoming event with us:

Meditation: Connecting Your Brain and Your Health

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6PM, Hunneman Hall
Brookline Main Library, 361 Washington St. Brookline.

Join Dr. David Vago, Associate Psychologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital for a discussion about meditation and how it works, and learn about recent research showing the benefits of meditation on both your physical and mental health.

Dr. Vago was one of 6 scientists selected to present his research to His Holiness The Dalai Lama for the Mind and Life Institute XXIV dialogue, "Latest Findings in Contemplative Neuroscience."

Scientific researchers have become increasingly intrigued about connections between meditation and health status, in particular whether or not regular meditation actually alters the way the brain is wired, and whether these changes could be at the heart of claims that meditation can improve health and well-being.

This event is FREE and open to all.

March 2014 - Brookline Woman of the Year

The Brookline Commission for Women is honored to announce that Mary Dunne has been named the 2014 Brookline Woman of the Year.   Currently a preschool teacher for the Brookline Early Education Program (BEEP) at Driscoll School, Mary has been an educator in the Brookline schools for 35 years.  She is an enthusiastic, loving, creative and patient educator who works with children whose individual, complex and unique situations create challenges in learning.  Mary has dedicated her life to children, their education and their well-being.  


Mary has shown her strength and resiliency not only by continuing her important and demanding work with young children, but also by working to educate young adults about the dangers of dating violence.  Mary has turned great tragedy in her own life into hope for others following the murder of her daughter, Lauren Dunne Astley, who was killed by her high school boyfriend following their breakup.   


With Lauren’s father, Malcolm Astley, Mary has co-founded the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund which promotes educational programs and legislation that raise awareness of healthy teen relationships and that prevent dating violence.  She has spoken at the State House, in media interviews, in schools and to other groups concerned with the safety of young people.  Through the Lauren Dunne Astley Fund for Young Children, Mary has provided scholarships for children with financial need to attend the Brookline Early Education Program.  Mary is a model of courage, a woman of strength and a beacon of hope.


Mary will be honored at the BCW's 22nd Annual Women Who Inspire Us Awards ceremony on Monday, March 31st at 6pm, in Hunneman Hall at the Main Library, 361 Washington Street. Twelve essay contest winners from the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade will also be recognized at the event.  Please join us for this wonderful community event!

March 2014 - 22nd Annual "A Women Who Inspires Me" Essay Contest

The Brookline Commission for Women (BCW) is honored to announce the essay contest winners for its 22nd annual "A Woman Who Inspires Me" Essay Contest, in celebration of National Women's History Month. All 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who live in Brookline or attend a public or private school in Brookline were eligible to submit an essay that honors a woman who inspires them.



5th Grade Winners:

1st Place:  Sara Winikoff of the Devotion School

2nd Place: Sam Feldman of the Devotion School

3rd Place:  Sophie Register of the Runkle School


6th Grade Winners:

1st Place:  Claire Guilleman of the Pierce School

2nd Place: Sloane Schultz of the Lawrence School

3rd Place:  Caroline Davis of the Lincoln School


7th Grade Winners:

1st Place:  Rebecca Perez of the Pierce School

2nd Place: Isabelle Iguchi of the Lawrence School

3rd Place:  Camila Paris of the Runkle School


8th Grade Winners:

1st Place:  Allie Mundis of the Runkle School & Rahul Kolluri of the Runkle School

2nd Place: Susanna Kemp of the Driscoll School

3rd Place:  Jackie Mundis of the Runkle School

The "Women Who Inspires Me" essay contest is an important part of chronicling the history of women in Brookline and encourages students to reflect on those who make an impact on their lives. Essay contest winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on Monday, March 31st at 6pm in Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Commission's naming of the 2014 Brookline Woman of the Year.