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  • “What’s a Mother to Do?” – A Conversation with Midcoast Women

    Mothers are the emotional backbones of the family. They provide the holding place for everyone’s feelings and do their best to keep us from being hurt. But when the opioid crisis takes up residence in the family, what’s a mother to do?

    Midcoast Women provides opportunities for area women of all ages, including trans women and genderqueer women, to find and strengthen our individual and collective voices. The talk will feature the following speakers from Midcoast Women:

    Courtney Gary-Allen is the Organizing Director for the Maine Recovery Advocacy Project and has helped to pass countless pieces of legislation focused on addressing the opioid crisis, including the strongest Good Samaritan Law in the nation. Before this work, Courtney interned in Senator King’s DC office and helped open the first recovery residences in community. She currently serves as an At-Large City Councilor for the City of Augusta, ME and is a person in long-term recovery from substance use.

    Liesha Petrovich, MHEd, is a writer, teacher, advocate and business owner living in Western Maine. After 25 years of running a small martial arts business, Liesha happily switched gears to focus on helping Western Maine’s girls and women to find their voices and walk safely anywhere they want in this world. Liesha and her partner, Martin, are the parents of a daughter and two rescue pups.

    Molly Feeney works as the Chief Program Officer at Knox County Homeless Coalition, the only dedicated homeless services organization with outreach throughout Knox, Waldo, and parts of northern Lincoln County – helping families achieve sustainable independence and a hopeful future. Molly graduated from University of Maine, earning an undergraduate degree in political science and a graduate degree in education. She is currently based in Morrill, ME

    Betsy Sweet is an activist, political organizer, small business owner and mother. Sweet’s lifelong work has been to secure the rights of women and their families and to empower all women to have our voice heard, be represented at the tables of power, and to create and impact policy to help women, girls and families thrive. A former director of the Maine Women’s Lobby and the Maine Commission for Women, as well as a small business owner, Sweet has spent her career advocating for people with disabilities, the elderly, women, children, low-income individuals and families, and the environment and natural resources. In 2009, EqualityMaine, the state’s leading LGBT rights organization, gave her the lifetime achievement award for 25 years of her efforts. Reported in 2018, she was one of the named victims of sexual harassment in the Maine statehouse dating back to 1983 in the early days of her career.

    This event will take place in the library’s Community Room and simultaneously streamed over Zoom. For more information, please email  To attend via Zoom, preregistration is required: . The views and opinions presented in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the Library, nor does the Library endorse them.



    Jun 22 2023


    6:00 pm


    Rockland Public Library - Community Room
    80 Union St, Rockland, ME 04841, USA

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