Anne MacGillivray

Presently Silver Haired Legislator Representative for Melrose and parts of Wakefield. (2004)
Speaker of the House of the Leadership Committee (2004)
Member of the Silver Stringers
Contributor to the Melrose Mirror

I guess I have a unique way of thinking when it comes to writing an autobiography. On the one hand I feel "where" we are born, .. "when" we were born or "where" we lived or live is of little consequence. Yet, on the other side of the coin I feel "why" were we born is really where it is at.

And somehow, I learned "why" I was born after spending over half of my life married to a man I regarded, in spite of his disability, as a tower of strength, blessed with wisdom and knowledge, and endowed with the capacity to be able to bring both of us into the abundant life promised by God to all who follow Him.

A 1955 polio victim, my husband turned his life around with all he had left that was good. We embarked on a rehabilitation program where he returned to college and majored in Psychology, minored in Education and earned a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. He graduated with the highest accumulated in Psychology over a 4 year period, received the award for moral and academic excellence and was named President to the Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society. He went on to work for the State Department of Mental Health and later did counseling from the home. The years I spent as a caregiver and experience I had dealing with the health care system afforded me the opportunity of learning about the negative effects our health care system had on those trying to maintain quality of life while disabled. I hold this as a journey where I feel I learned more from attending the "College of Adversity" than students attending any college throughout the state.

After my husband's passing in 1993 I became a part of the Silver Haired Legislature advocacy organization where I am presently the Silver Haired Legislator Representative for Melrose, and precincts 3, 4, 5 and 6 Wakefield and also Speaker of the House of the Leadership Committee.

We are an advocacy organization that draws up priority bills to be presented to the State Legislature focusing on issues regarding seniors and the disabled.

I teach line dancing to Seniors, have a repertoire of 155 dances of my own choreography and an entertainment show made up of some of my students where we entertain at assisted living complexes, apartment houses, nursing homes, AARP chapters, churches, synagogues and private parties with my Lhasa-apso dog Muffin under the name of "Forever Young and Muffin."

I also help out at the Milano Senior Center several days each week as receptionist, and a member of the Melrose Silver Stringers.

Additional Articles by Anne MacGillivray
id 158 - Volunteer turn on -- to Poetry -- Poetry
id 4167 Chance Meeting, etc. -- Features 08/04/00
id 8839Birth of the Silver Haired Legislature -- Features 2/6/04
id 8866 Anne MacGillivray -- Features 3/5/04
id 9635 Silver Haired Legislature celebrates 25th Anniversary -- Features 7/2/04
id 9699 Senator Tisei Honored -- Features 8/11/04
id 9773 Silver Haired Legislature Special Report -- Features 8/11/04
id 8867 From line dancer to teacher -- Features 9/3/04
id 10017 Silver Haired Legislature Report -- Social Commentary 10/1/04
id 10131 Silver Haried Legislature Oct 19,2004 Meeting -- Social Commentary 11/05/04
id 10094 Justice Roderick Ireland visits MSHL -- Social Commentary 11/05/04
id 10094 Silver Haired Legislator Report 11/04 -- Social Commentary 12/3/04
id 10603 Silver Haired Legislator Report --Social Commentary 4/1/05
id 10685
Silver Legislature celebrates Silver Anniversary -- Social Commentary 5/6/05
id 10841 Silver Legislature meeting May 17, 2005 -- Social Commentary 6/3/05
id 10956 Silver Legislature report -- Features 7/1/05
id 11291 Disabled seniors discriminated against -- Social Commentary 10/07/05
id 11523 Silver Legislature Report Nov. 17 -- Social Commentary 12/02/05
id 11560 War on Christmas -- Social Commentary 12/02/05
id 12079 A view from the Silver Legislature -- Features 5/5/06
id 17923 On Your Retirement: March 25, 2011 -- Poetry 4/1/11