PAM Fysh has received the nomination for Citizen of the Year for her tireless work on behalf of the Grafton Regional Gallery and her contribution to the local art scene in general.
Mrs Fysh arrived in Grafton in the early 1960s and soon joined a steering committee established to build a worthwhile collection as well as find an appropriate location for a regional gallery.
Mrs Fysh's contributions to securing funding for the regional gallery and her work as member of the advisory committee as well as her work as a Friend of the Gallery have been invaluable.
"I'm an artist myself and art has always been my passion," Mrs Fysh said.
Mrs Fysh said she was pleased but also slightly embarrassed by the nomination.
"I've been nominated before and am actually very embarrassed about it.
"They keep putting me up and don't even ask me any more.
"It's probably because I've been involved for so long, but I'm just part of a team.
"The gallery must have more than 100 volunteers and without them nothing would have been possible," Mrs Fysh said.
The gallery was officially opened in 1998 and since then has undergone some restoration as well as expansion work.
"We've got a magnificent collection at a really beautiful gallery which everyone must come and visit if they can," Mrs Fysh said.