Ironstone Iron: Vicky Bernard, board member

Big-time contributor hooked
on ‘not-so-little miracles’

While new to the Board of Trustees in 2013, Vicky Bernard has been a standout volunteer at Ironstone Farm for years. She began helping out after stepping down as a vice president of Sovereign Eyewear to spend more time near her home in Andover.

Vicky Bernard smiles while on an African safari she won at the 2013 Spirit of Giving Gala. The trip is an annual favorite at the night’s auction.
Vicky Bernard smiles while on an African safari she won at the 2013 Spirit of Giving Gala. The trip is an annual favorite at the night’s auction.

“I got hooked. You see all these not-so-little miracles on the field. It’s an impressive place. There are two things that impress me: the courage of the families –the parents and, more so, the children. And the dedication of the staff,” she said. “It’s nice to be involved with a charity where the money goes to the charitable efforts and not to the infrastructure.”

Her own dedication was quickly noticed when she started volunteering, and her passion for giving back continues to inspire.

“She still is my go-to person when I need substitutes,” says Volunteer Coordinator Carolyn Burt. “She doesn’t care if it is snowing, or hot. I contact her nearly weekly if she is not traveling. ”

“Vicky is quite unassuming and a worker bee. She has been an enormous asset on all fronts for many years,” says Executive Director Deedee O’Brien.

Vicky was on Ironstone’s first special events committee aimed at creating fundraisers to boost programs. She was instrumental in creating an antiques appraisal event, staging a concert to support Ironstone programs by Keith Lockhart, and in forming the idea for the Spirit of Giving Gala, now Ironstone’s largest annual fundraising event. She is a significant donor, introduces people to the farm and is now in charge of finding additional new board members.

Click here to read another “Ironstone Iron,” about longtime volunteer Wendy Morrissette.