Healing Garden’s Margaret Koch honored as ‘Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year’


HARVARD/BOXBOROUGH — The Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce will be honoring Margaret Koch, executive director of the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden in Harvard, as the “Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year” at its annual awards dinner and fundraiser.

The Thursday, Jan. 29, evening includes a cocktail reception starting at 5 p.m., the awards presentation at 7 p.m., networking and raffle prizes. This is a premier event at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough to recognize business excellence and community service in our service area.

Visit www.mwcoc.com to register and learn more.

About Margaret Koch

Margaret Koch has a deep understanding and passionate commitment to the Healing Garden, which stems from a long and active role as an officer on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden. She brings great enthusiasm and expertise to implement the strategic plans for reaching deeper into our community to help ensure access to all in need, to participate with the medical community as partners in care, and to be contributors to research in the field of holistic integrative cancer care. She previously served as the manager of cancer services at the Mass. General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital-Bethke, responsible for the accreditation of the Cancer Center through the American College of Surgeons, following many years in clinical trials research with the Frontier Science Research and Technology Foundation and the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group.

“Margaret Koch has a remarkable combination of true business acumen and a giant, open heart. I have had the honor of working alongside Margaret as she compassionately attends to the cancer clients of the Healing Garden during the worst trials of their lives. While she is fully present to clients’ intricate, individual challenges she, simultaneously and brilliantly, culls all possible resources to help the Garden grow, thrive and remain available to those in need. She is fully deserving of this esteemed award.” — Brianne Carter, LICSW, MTS, director of Wellness and Integrative Care at The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden


Located on eight acres of lush gardens and tranquil woods in Harvard, Mass., the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden provides a community of support and fellowship to all individuals affected by any type of cancer. The Healing Garden provides supportive care that complements traditional medical care and includes acupuncture; therapeutic massage; Reiki/Shiatsu; counseling and support groups; educational workshops; expressive therapies; gardening; meditation and visualization; nutritional counseling, and yoga and exercise classes. Visit www.healinggarden.net.