One of the Bega Valley's hardworking volunteers has earned a regional award.
On Wednesday, Carleen Maley of Tathra was awarded Senior Volunteer of the Year for the South Coast in the 2020 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.
"It is very exciting!" laughed Ms Maley after the announcement.
"I just feel that volunteers, we don't do it for recognition; we just do it because we see something that needs to be done."
Over the past four decades she has given more than 60,000 hours of her time to the VIEW Club of Australia, the Bega District and Pambula Hospitals and Telstra Connected Seniors program.
She said her main achievement over that time was the spiritual and pastoral care she has given.
Ms Maley said volunteering has helped her understand other people, and "that my problems aren't nearly as bad as others'."
"I think it's made me a better person," she said.
"I think I'm giving back what the community has given to me, just by helping others."