Greystones woman Bernie D’Arcy has received a humatarian award nomination.
Bernie who is no stranger to the public or receiving awards as the innovator and speaker behind the platform of Speaking From Experience And My Heart.
On the 10th November 2014 she founded this platform to share life experiences and talk about topics which she is passionate about and some she has experienced.
Bernie received a Lift Effects award in London at The Extraordinary Lady Speaks Conference 18th June 2016.
In October 2016 Bernie received the “Once in a life heroes Award” in Navan, Co. Meath.
She received these awards for her work campaigning and speaking out for those who are still afraid to do so.
Bernie has spoken about marital abuse at an annual Inspired Woman in Leadership Seminar to mark International Women’s Day Celebration, by the Faith Family Initiative in Kilcock Co Kildare . The theme was a vessel of positive change.
Bernie used her interview on African radio to high light the issue of suicide in the community and her wonderful stay in Nigeria.
It was awesome to talk about this experience on her birthday the 21/9/15 with Rebecca Omokaro. In 2015 she was also interviewed on the G Request Show in Dublin where the interview touched on various topics close to her heart.
Bernie has contributed on internet radio stations Called Love In The House and Mojis World. These have a high listener following all over the world. Bernie used these platforms to raise awareness as an activist against abuse and human rights.
She spoke about Diversity in our society at a red carpet premier in the Helix during the summer of 2015.
This was a wonderful challenge for her which she rose to in splendid style.
Bernie spoke at the LCP Ireland seminar and annual report launch Honour Based violence, Forced marriage, Child marriage and reproductive abuse on 25 of June 2015. Her topic was Forced Marriage Irish Style/ My Experience.
She has travelled to both Galway and Portlaoise to speak at Women’s seminars held in Calvary Pentecostal Ministries and Mountain Of Fire Ministries. In Portlaoise her topic was mental illness and its impact on those who are mentally well and in Galway she spoke about abuse, rape and marriage at the two day conference.
Bernie also has spoken at Multicultural Women’s Fun day in Dublin on 28 October 2016. Here she shared her experience to empower others and to let them see that like a phoenix we can rise out of ashes to be reborn and reinvented. This was organized by the organization Burning Candles.
On 28/1/2017 she spoke about parenting at a Family Fun day in Cloneen D15 organized by LAF/LAC. Here she shared some of her parenting ideas and experience while stressing the importance of retaining our own ideals, culture and language while enjoying our diverse society.
She has been very active in the campaigns against rape and abuse of both women and men because of her own violent experiences. This inspired her to be a high profile figure for the Irish Rape Crisis Center and Women’s Aid. She spoke at the launch of the DRCC annual report launch. This was carried by the national media who also interviewed her at her home. Journalists from the Irish Times, The Irish Examiner and the Journal newspaper interviewed Bernie. She was featured on the RTE news and Kieran Cuddihy of News Talk FM did a breakfast interview in her home. Sarah Woods took photos and used Bernie’s blog for a Women’s Aid campaign.
Bernie actively campaigns against the Direct Provision system, deportation, racism and FGM.
In her spare time Bernie cycles and has reentered the world of education despite working full time as a butcher.