Camilla Ward has been named as the Dubbo Electorate Woman of the Year.
Ms Ward was given the title by Dubbo MP Troy Grant due to her work with children, primarily through the Black Box Creatives. Ms Ward founded the youth theatre company.
"I'm overwhelmed, delight, taken aback and grateful. I'm grateful the arts have been recognised in our community because they're such an integral part of our community," she said.
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The award recipient said she was happy to be able to shine a light on art.
"At the end of the day it's a person, it's not a label. Whether you're a man, woman or child, I think it's highlighting an area in our community that is part of what makes us our community. If I can be the spokesperson or someone who helps us highlight that to keep the conversations going and the development of our own stories our own creativity, the sky is the limit," Ms Ward said.
Ms Ward said she was proud to watch students develop as they took to the stage for the first time or wrote their first play. The development affected every part of their lives, she said.
Ms Ward will now go into the running for the NSW Women of the Year awards.
Mr Grant also gave out awards for a range of good deeds within the community.
Electorate awards were presented to Tracy Hanna, Barry Hildebrandt, Michael Kneipp, Terry Clark and Miriam Tan. Andrew Cayzer from Trangie and Sarah Masonwells from Narromine were also recognised fort their work bettering the community.
Dragon boaters Andrew Taylor, David Quigley, Rhonda Betta and Helen Simmons were given NSW Representatives Sport Awards.
Local Achievement awards went to John Allen from the Prostate Cancer Support Group and Annabel Peet from the Rural Flying Doctor Service.
RFDS south eastern section director Terry Clark said Ms Peet was very deserving of her award.
He said Ms Peet lead the team at the visitor facility which was closed in January.
"I look back and think if we didn't have these volunteers I don't know how we would have achieved the things we've been able to achieve," Mr Clark said.
Martin Whiteley and Christine Robinson were recognised for 10 years as a trustee.
Volunteer awards went to Zac Cherry, Tyronne Kiernan, Jenny Pham, Megan Hamblin, Bob Coverdale, Susie Hill and Patricia Meyers.
Mr Cherry from the Orana Combined Division of St John Ambulance said it was nice to get recognised.
"We don't do it for the recognition but it's always nice to have it," he said.
Mr Grant thanked all the award recipients for their contributions.