A teacher from Dubbo who is “full of passion, integrity and patience” has been saluted for her efforts.
Natalie Barnes was presented with the Women Out West (WOW) Award for Outstanding Aboriginal Leadership - inspiring generosity of spirit – at Saturday’s gala presentation.
The other finalists in the category were Annette Gainsford, Marie Johnson, Lynn Field, Bernita Fernando and Alfrene Wright.
Ms Barnes was described as an “exceptional leader” who was always looking out for others and looking at how to build them up in the award citation.
“Nat is full of passion, integrity and patience,” it said.
“All of these qualities are shown every day.
“Nat is an empowered teacher, who cares so much for every student.”
Ms Barnes was a qualified chef before she trained to become a teacher.
“People who know or have been touched by Natalie would say she is a great leader and mentor, encouraging the next generation, especially of Aboriginal heritage, that they can succeed at what they want to do and to keep learning,” the citation said.