McNally is the director of senior services for the Salvation Army in Syracuse. Prior to that, she’d worked for 24 years at Huntington Family Centers.
According to officials, the award, which has been selected by the City of Syracuse Commission for Women, honors a woman in the community who has made a difference in the lives of residents. A ceremony honoring McNally will be held Thursday, March 26, at 5 p.m. in the atrium at City Hall Commons.
“Linda has made an incredible difference in our community, and I am proud we are able to bestow this honor on her,” said Mayor Miner. “She has worked for years serving the people most in need, and making our neighborhoods a better place for everyone to live. We’re pleased to recognize someone who has done so much good, for so many in the community.”
“My family has been involved in Syracuse for generations, and being involved in the community, and being a volunteer has just been a clear choice throughout my life,” McNally stated. “I never expected an award recognizing my work in the community—I just want to help people feel like they have a place of value in our community. It is a tremendous honor, and I am so humbled. I thank the members of the Commission for Women, for this unique recognition, and I look forward to continuing to work together to make Syracuse a better place.”
Linda also has been a volunteer board member of the Southwest Community Center, a member of the United Way Speakers’ Bureau, and a member of the Eastwood Neighborhood Association, according to officials.
In addition, she has been involved in the preparation of young professional women in human services.
Mayor Thomas G. Young established the Syracuse Commission for Women in the 1980s to advise the mayor on women’s issues in the community, city officials stated.
Today, officials said the commission consists of nine members, who work on advocacy projects focused on empowering young women and encouraging volunteerism.