A hidden treasure was recognised in Walcha last Friday for her work in the local community.
Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson congratulated Carolyn Salter who joined the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.
"Mrs Salter's story is one of great inner strength," Mr Anderson said.
"Following the loss of her 21-year-old son in an aircraft accident and the loss of a brother and mother to cancer, Carolyn set up a support group in Walcha to ease the burden of those enduring the pain of illness and loss. This group has been going for 30 years."
Mrs Salter is also involved in the Committee of Compassionate Friends, an international organisation that offers support to those who have lost a child of any age and she is a driving force behind the local Relay for Life.
Mrs Salter's story is one of great inner strengthKevin Anderson
"She has written two books in relation to personal grief and coping and is the 2007 Walcha Citizen of the Year," said Mr Anderson.
"This is a fantastic recognition of her work in the Walcha community."
Hidden Treasures is an annual initiative of the Department of Primary Industries' Rural Women's Network which recognises the outstanding efforts of women volunteers in NSW and promotes the valuable role of volunteering to the community.
Mrs Salter was listed in the 2018 NSW Hidden Treasure Honour Roll publication which was launched in October 2018 at the NSW Rural Women's Gathering in Merimbula. The 87 women recognised in the 2018 roll were declared powerhouses in their communities.