By Jordan Frias
Mayor Martin Walsh’s Office of Women’s Advancement celebrated International Women’s Day by awarding 31 females from around the city, including one in the South End, Fenway and two in the Back Bay on Tuesday, March 8.
Those recognized were Reinelda “Chiqui” Rivera, a community activist, Ashley Rose, an educator, Lily Lynch, a nonprofit communications director, and Susan Prindle, a neighborhood association officer.
Rivera is credited for saving the state’s Puerto Rican Festival, which originated in the South End, and making sure it is “a safe weekend of arts and cultural activities for the entire family,” according to a press release from the Mayor’s Office.
Rose, a Fenway resident, was recognized for her 12 years as an arts activist and educator for Boston Public Schools, the press release said.
Lynch, communications director for Mass Nonprofit Networks, a resource for the nonprofit sector statewide, was one of the two Back Bay residents to be recognized for her work, which has helped improve area nonprofit organizations in the city.
Prindle, the other Back Bay resident recognized by the Mayor’s EXTRAordinary Women’s Campaign, was credited for her role as architecture committee co-chair for the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, which requires her to be critical of development projects that are proposed in her neighborhood in order to preserve its historic character.