Arlene Meara Receives Paul McLaughlin Community Activist Award from Middlesex District Attorney

(Nov-2012)  Throughout October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the MGH Domestic Violence Working Group – a part of the MGH HAVEN (Hospitals Helping Abuse and Violence End Now) program – hosted a series of events to call attention to this complex problem.


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"Shannon Lee Meara Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and promoting healthy relationships."
(June-2012) The 5th Annual Shannon Run is a benefit to support Domestic and Dating Violence Awareness in memory of Shannon Lee Meara, a dating violence homicide victim.

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(May-2012)  The Shannon Lee Meara Foundation has made another generous donation to fund programming at Woburn Memorial High School (WMHS) for dating violence awareness and prevention. 


(March-2012)  When the police called a second time, they had a question that struck fear in Arlene Meara’s heart: Did her daughter have any tattoos?

She answered their question and they soon called back, this time asking her to come to the station in Lowell.
At that moment, says the Woburn mother, “I knew.”


(Jan-2013)  Arlene Meara was honored at the annual Middlesex District Attorney Awards Ceremony hosted by District Attorney Gerry Leone on January 10. Meara, whose daughter Shannon was murdered by an ex-boyfriend in January 2008, received the Paul McLaughlin Community Activist Award in honor of her exemplary dedication for combating dating and domestic violence. The award is given to a community member for working “in a selfless manner to collaborate and form partnerships with community leaders, teachers, parents and kids to ultimately ensure a safe environment for all”. It was presented to Meara by Assistant District Attorney Elisha Willis, whose prosecution of Shannon Meara’s killer resulted in a first degree murder verdict.

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(Mar-2013​)  WHITE RIBBON DAY AT WMHS - Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone (above right) was the keynote speaker this week as White Ribbon Day 2013 was observed at Woburn Memorial High School, remembering Shannon Lee Meara (above left). Meara, a Woburn high school graduate, was killed by a gunshot wound in 2008. As a result, a Dating Violence Task Force Team was formed at the high school, led by Shannon’s mother, Arlene. (