Darcy is the former development director for the Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts who recently took on a new role as executive director at the Samaritans FR/NB. She’s a published author who uses the word “action” to describe her leadership.
What do you do professionally?
I am the Executive Director of Samaritans of FR/NB, Inc. Samaritans of FR/NB is a suicide prevention and crisis hotline available to anyone in need of a caring and compassionate listener. Our phone lines are staffed by trained volunteers, and our service is free of charge to all callers. We also provide support to survivors of suicide through Safe Place, well-being calls to senior citizens through Kare Calls,and outreach, education and awareness to aid in suicide prevention throughout our region.
I am also the author of two books. The most recent, Ghosts of Plymouth, Massachusetts (2017), won a number of awards and made it to #1 on Amazon Kindle’s Hot New Releases in the Travel Category. Ghosts of Plymouth, Massachusetts chronicles centuries of history, hauntings and horror in America’s Hometown.
How are you involved in the community and what motivates you to engage?
I have always worked at nonprofit organizations or in government,and wherever I have lived and worked, I have been involved in the community through service organizations and boards. I currently serve on the board of the Mattapoisett Historical Society, and am a member of the New Bedford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I am also a Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary International.
I draw a great deal of inspiration from the children’s book The Three Questions: Based on a Story by Leo Tolstoy, written and illustrated by Jon J. Muth. A young boy seeks answers to the following questions: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? He discovers, through compassion and living in the moment, that “[T}here is only one important time, and that time is now. The most important one is always the one you are with. And the most important thing is to do good for the one who is standing at your side.”
What did you find most valuable about the LSC experience and how did it contribute to your community leadership?
Born and raised in Mattapoisett, I recently returned to the South Coast after living and working in other parts of Massachusetts. Leadership SouthCoast helped me get up to speed about the issues, needs, strengths and challenges in the region through in-depth and thoughtfully planned programs and hands-on experiences. Leadership SouthCoast helped prepare me to take on a role where I can make a direct impact on the lives of people in the community, and has given me a network of individuals who share my passion to help make our corner of the world a better place.
Describe your leadership in one word.