Queanbeyan's Nichole Overall was announced as Monaro's Woman of the Year for 2020 on Monday.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said Mrs Overall is a strong advocate for the region who has given countless hours back to her local community.
"On top of her work as a local historian Nichole is heavily involved in a number of local organisations including Meals on Wheels and Headspace," Mr Barilaro said.
"Nichole has been president of the Meals on Wheels Queanbeyan Branch for more than seven years, is the Independent Chair of Headspace Queanbeyan and the inaugural Patron of Molonglo Support Services, which provides support and assistance to those impacted by family violence and homelessness.
"Nichole is also heavily involved in the women's program at the Monaro Panthers Football Club and is the first female chair of St Edmund's College Canberra.
"It is clear that Nichole has a strong passion for helping others and through this has become a strong advocate for women in the region and our local youth."
Through work as a local historian Mrs Overall has also made sure that many of our region's previously untold stories get the attention they deserve.
Mrs Overall works tirelessly to promote the history of Queanbeyan and surrounds and also hosts historic tours for local school children.
Mrs Overall is also an award-winning author, with works including Queanbeyan: A City Of Champions.
"Nichole is always the first person to put their hand up to help the community and is an inspiration to many for what she has achieved," Mr Barilaro said.
"The Monaro is a better place thanks to work that Nichole does and she is a very worthy recipient of this award."
The NSW Women of the Year Awards program recognises remarkable women across the state who have achieved inspiring things in their careers, in business or in their communities.