She's a quiet achiever, but Marie Kennedy has soared into the spotlight.
The volunteer with the National Trust at the historic Riversdale was named as the Southern Inland senior volunteer of the year at the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards ceremony on Thursday, October 7.
Ms Kennedy was overwhelmed, but was grateful to be recognised for doing what she loved.
"I'm not the sort of person that likes having a fuss made," Ms Kennedy said.
"I'm sure there are other people more deserving than me.
"I love showing the old house and the history to people and seeing their reactions.
"When you tell them stories, they're often blown away."
She began volunteering as a tour guide over five years ago and has run the property since COVID-19.
She worked with tradespeople and Sydney based staff to re-open safely in time for the National Trust's 75th Anniversary open day in February, training guides, managing the office, writing the newsletter, and even baking for visitors.
At the recent Goulburn Council Volunteer Expo, she recruited three new volunteers.
One of them was a keen jam and chutney maker, who will be able to use the fruit grown on the property to make supplies to sell to visitors.
The NSW Department of Communities and Justice is a principal of the awards their minister Andrew Henskens congratulated Ms Kennedy on her wonderful efforts.
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"Today's ceremony recognises volunteers who have gone above and beyond anything that could be expected of them in what has been an immensely challenging year," Mr Henskens said.
"Volunteers are everyday people who do amazing things for their community, and I am inspired by them devoting their precious time and energy to benefit others."
The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards is run by The Centre for Volunteering.
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