2018 News Stories

Jaycee Lynda Walsh, right, and selectman James DeVellis assist local veteran Josephine Miller during a community program last November — just one of her numerous civic roles.
Jaycee Lynda Walsh, right, and selectman James DeVellis assist local veteran Josephine Miller during a community program last November — just one of her numerous civic roles.

Walsh a heroine to many

By Alexandra Gomes agomes@thesunchronicle.com
May 10, 2018

For Lynda Walsh, a life-long Foxboro resident, volunteerism is about giving back to a community that helped raise her.

And she has certainly found many ways to do just that. She has been active with the Foxboro Jaycees for nearly 25 years, was a trustee at the Doolittle Home, served on the Board of Selectmen and the town’s Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Committee and is currently on the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center’s board of directors.

That’s why when the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women approached state Sen. Paul Feeney and asked him to nominate someone from his district, Walsh was the first person to pop into his mind.

“I immediately thought of Lynda, who exemplifies everything they’re looking for,” he said. “She’s more deserving than anyone.”

Feeney and Walsh served together on the Board of Selectmen in 2007. Walsh was busy nearly “every single night and day” doing work for the Jaycees or coordinating town events, Feeney said.

“I’ve known her to be someone who volunteers with humility, passion and, most importantly, compassion,” he said. “Lynda does all of that with no fanfare. She does it because it’s the right thing to do. I think it’s important we celebrate her efforts.”

Walsh said community service is “just part of my DNA.” She watched both her grandmother Arlene Morse and mother Grace Berg volunteer around town growing up, and contributes much of her volunteer spirit to the Town of Foxboro itself, which is full of volunteers who go above and beyond.

“When we see something falling through the cracks, we pick it up and fill it in,” she said. “It’s just what we do.”
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Walsh was shocked to learn she had been nominated, so much so that when she received an email from the commission she thought it was a mistake.

“Then, I get a phone call and I was like, ‘Wow.’ I don’t call myself a heroine, I just do what others do,” she said. “But it was great to be nominated.”

Walsh emphasized the importance of community service, and encouraged others to follow suit.

“There’s a line in the Jaycees creed that we say, ‘Service to community is the best work of life,” she said. “I have lived by that. It really is the best work and it’s fulfilling.”

Walsh will be honored at a ceremony in June, alongside about 150 other women in the state.
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Alexandra Gomes can be reached at 508-236-0398.

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