My name is Vedna Heywood and I live in South Plymouth with my husband and 8 yr old son. I have been a Registered Nurse for over 22yrs, who currently works at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in the Surgical Trauma Burn I.C.U. Prior to the ICU, I’ve worked in geriatrics, corrections and the Emergency Room. I’ve been a part of several hospital committees, as well as a recent Essence of Nursing honoree. In 2019 I helped implement one of the first “Stop the Bleed” trauma programs for students at MA public schools which was featured nationally on CBS Morning News.
I have served on several boards, which include, but aren’t limited to, the S.E. MA Division of the March of Dimes and Plymouth Area Advisory Board for the Dept of Children & Families. I am currently the appointed Chair of the Diversity Committee for the Town of Plymouth, and a state Board Director for the League of Women Voters (LWV). I was most recently appointed as a member of the LWVUS Advocacy & Litigation Committee and assisted in drafting the Social Justice Reform Resolution for National. I was also the immediate past vice-chair for the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of MA.
I was an appointed member to the Managed Care Ombudsman Committee for the state of Florida and is currently an elected School Committee Member for the Plymouth School Committee. I was recently awarded the Massachusetts School Committee, All-State Award as well as the Old Colony Memorial Person of the Year.
After the loss of 2 children during late pregnancy, I became certified in Thanatology, which is the study of death and bereavement. I co-lead a Perinatal, Infant & Toddler loss group for parents at Hope Floats in Kingston, MA, and was a Bereavement Specialist for Boston Medical Child Loss Center, often going into people’s homes after the loss of their children.
I am a daughter of a missionary and, as a teenager and young adult, I did mission work at various orphanages in the Caribbean and Central America. As a teenager, I was exposed to the importance of community service, advocacy, and social activism through church and family. I believe in the “lifting as we climb” mantra and I often mentor young women, especially those from marginalized communities, exposing them to areas of civic engagement and leadership.