Cessnock woman Nadine Hickey has been named as a finalist for the 2021 Rotary Inspirational Women's Awards.
Ms Hickey is one of four finalists in the Rural Over-30s category, recognised for decades of volunteer work in the Cessnock community.
Ms Hickey has been actively involved in several community groups and causes, including the Link or Sink Group, Cessnock Relay for Life, Cessnock Public School P&C (of which she is a life member), Cessnock Basketball Association (where she held the role of president) and Wheeling and Able, holding the roles of secretary and board member.
Ms Hickey - who was also named on the NSW Hidden Treasures honour roll last year - said the latest recognition was a pleasant surprise.
"It's nice that someone took the time to nominate me," she said.
NSW Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the awards are a fantastic opportunity to shine a light upon the enormous contribution of women in urban and rural communities.
Ms Taylor thanked all who submitted nominations this year, with the high-quality field presenting a challenging task for the judging panel.
"Each and every finalist is fully deserving of recognition for the tireless and generous work they do in their communities," Ms Taylor said.
"They give so much and ask for nothing in return and I congratulate them on their nomination."
Awards will be presented in five categories: rural and urban women over and under 30, and a special category for women serving in the health care sector.
The winners will be announced in a ceremony on September 19.